April 27-May 3, 2009: Robert Wynne and Lois P. Jones

week of April 27-May 3, 2009: 

Robert Wynne and Lois P Jones

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Robert Wynne

Bio (auto)

Robert Wynne earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University He is the author of 6 chapbooks, and 2 full-length books of poetry His first full-length collection, “Remembering How to Sleep,” was the recipient of the Poetry Society of Texas’ 2006 Eakin Book Award His second full-length collection, “Museum of Parallel Art,” was published in February 2008 by Tebot Bach Press He has won numerous prizes, and his poetry has appeared in magazines and anthologies throughout North America He lives in Burleson, TX with his wife and daughter, and his online home is www.rwynne.com.

The following work is Copyright © 2009, and owned by Robert Wynne and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Celebrity Tetris

1 Salvador Dali

Each conglomeration of cubes
melts into the rising floor
that somehow remains
just as far from the top of the screen
as when those ants rolled
the cracked egg of the world
into view to start the game The clock is curled up and purring
at the feet of the score

2 Walt Whitman

There is one cube only, and it contains everything It is
.a short game

3 Herman Melville

Rows of blocks rise and fall
like waves, but for any points at all
you must completely bury
the massive white rectangle
which only appears once per game,
turning blood red under pressure
strong enough to crush
even the harpoon-shaped
bonus items, tattooed
with the hieroglyphics
of the unattainable
high score

4 Tom Cruise

The object is to become the screen,
to become clear The only way
is to pay someone enough
to reprogram the game
and never tell anyone

5 Orson Welles

The game begins in black and white
with surprising angles keeping things interesting The elegance of the early rounds
gives way to less subtlety
with the introduction of color
and the gradual increase
in the sizes of pieces The screen
remains the same dimension
which makes it very hard to fit everything in
especially as wine bottles
begin crashing down, although
the mariachi music is a nice touch

6 Jean-Paul Sarte

The object is to place the nothingness
carefully, so that being descends
directly into it The primary challenge,
of course, is swiveling invisible space
so it faces the right way, and keeping
existence from wandering off
in search of food There is only one level
and the game never ends

7 John Cage

Game? What game?

8 Pablo Picasso

Nothing fits Elbows jut awkwardly
left and right burying spaces
as they crash down Right angles shiver
scaling the white mountain of the screen Each shade of blue apologizes to the others

9 David Lynch

It is just bright enough
to reveal the naked woman
smoking in the background Instead of blocks, severed ears,
blue keys, saxophones
and the head of Angelo Badalamenti
(wrapped in red velvet)
drop slowly toward
the open mouth
at the bottom of the screen It is amazing how well
they all fit together The score is wrapped in plastic On a small television in the corner
there is a rabbit singing
into a trouble light

10 Samuel Beckett

Two pieces mirror each other perfectly
at opposite sides of the screen
Wait for it…

Letter to Brendan Constantine from
an 1808 Harper’s Ferry Blunderbuss
on the Lewis & Clark Expedition

I’ve been taking aim at etymology
and I wanted to ask you about thunder,
the way lead shot echoes its names
through my barrel following the spark
I never see, but which always wakes me I’ve been dreaming I have a spirit –
I can’t decide if that’s a good thing Yesterday, I felled another deer Pocahontas
won’t look at me, won’t come near enough
to smell the remnants of each tiny fire
scouring this land in preparation
for what you’ll come to call history The Dutch confused me with a pipe,
playing Adam for their loud new toy
because even a gun must be called
by its name Just like you,
Magritte would’ve known
I am no pipe, nor can it rain businessmen
when the sky is shaken empty
of everything but lightning’s past
reverberating the memory of sound
long after silence is all that’s left
to comfort the rain.

Why I Write

Any fresh ink will tell you
Not enough people understand
The way letters linger
Indigo in the mouth, like
Ornithology dancing through the air:
Charlie Parker’s horn humming words long after
His tongue has fallen asleep.

previously published in The Enigmatist

Lois P Jones

Bio (auto)

Lois believes in all manner of flying and can claim skydiving and hot air ballooning as her introduction to highfalutin When she isn’t dreaming of dirigibles, she makes herself useful as co-founder of Word Walker Press, co-producer of Moonday’s monthly poetry reading in Pacific Palisades, California with Alice Pero and guest host of 90.7 KPFK’s Poet’s Cafe She is the Associate Poetry Editor of Kyoto Journal Her work has been published in Rose & Thorn, The California Quarterly, Kyoto Journal, Prism Review and other print and on-line journals in the U.S and abroad New poems forthcoming in Up the Staircase, Arsenic Lobster and Goldfish Press

The following work is Copyright © 2009, and owned by Lois P Jones and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Tiptoes of Rain

I am an apple in the pocket
of this old coat of yours Honest

and round, you feel me
blindly with rough hands

You dare take me out and examine me–
the deep wine bruises, the garnet wounds

What green is left reddens quickly
in your palm You twist the stem

between your fingers until it snaps, 
lay me down on the pine table

Split me open with your sharpest knife
Your tongue drawing out each seed–

dark eyes that want to grow in you
Place this slice between your lips One bite

to remember an orchard It’s that easy
This sweet crunch knows the rain

previously published in From East to West

Late Winter

I like the way
your shadow fills me
with solitude

With the face
of a red hibiscus
overturned into this stream

You don’t need words
to coax a season
To translate borealis, kisses

in the archway The camellia
that tricks you
into thinking it’s a rose

To know me, listen
to nothing Take my heart
and roll it in your palms

Here under this lintel
of silence a river birch
shows only skin, 

pale as a prayer
and twice as lonely

Around it, everything
in early bloom

Forthcoming in The World According to Goldfish Anthology–Goldfish Press

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