I heard her complaint.
The pipes froze. The drain was frozen.
The car wouldn't start.
My hands are numb. My feet are numb.
Which always gives me the chills.
He showed me his designs of diamond guitars.
Time and space, there's no death, he said
My boss barges in like a brontosaurus
Then, Buck shows up
This is a lot to process, let alone digest,
These three goddesses
determine fortune and mortal life.
At the Skyline Cafe, my dad
Hermes out of orbit, I fume
The Fates warp their loom
Orion chased them.
Vulcan set a net to catch
Sappho saw the seven sisters set.
You say, "All's fair,"
Rest is more
Hoe the row, queer the wheel.
And in the window's fog
In the meadow of midnight,
Lover, the living wears down,
"Fire is water falling upward,"
An old man stutters when he talks.
What is the limit she'll permit?
Fire is water
crazed. Running about
Love on the run
It's bargain night at the Raven,
All of the above poems are © Copyright Richard Denner 2000-3 and images are © Copyright Lucienne Dorrance 2003. They may not be copied or reproduced in part or in total without prior permission of the author or artist.
Richard Denner - is this the same Richard Denner who invented the clarinet? No, that was Johann Christoph Denner. Probably a relative. Known to sound off in a reedy fashion, he was raised in Berkeley and Oakland, California, but after the fairytale 60's, he lived many years in Alaska and Washington state. Proprietor of Fourwinds Bookstore and Cafe in Ellensburg, Washington, he turned this institution over to his son and then connected with Tara Manadala, a Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Center in Colorado, until he was called back to the Bay Area to care for his elderly parents. Now publishing chapbooks under dPress logo, he also has an idyllic job teaching poetry and collage at a Waldorf School within walking distance of his family home near Sebastopol, California.
is Richard's daughter. She is in her senior year, studying art and
art history at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Her goal
is to curate a small museum in Austria or Czechoslovakia.
E-mail Richard at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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