Friday, April 3, 2020
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Monday, March 30, 2020
Once long ago in old Vermont
We stopped the car on a mud road
Into a village to ask directions from
Anyone we could find, and while you waited
In the car I went and stepped into a store, barely lit
And so dark and cavernous it seemed early-Spring-bear-like
As I finally saw a figure sitting in a rocking chair, a man,
And he asked out of the darkness how he might help
I’ll never forget that time nor that man, and of course
I have completely forgotten the name or place on the map
But it was real
A few years later, in the peach of summer, closer to home and
Again on an old road we stopped for directions, and this
Time I entered a hilltop farmhouse and could hear someone
Beckon to me to come closer down this sun dusty hallway
With the palest afternoon light, and by a corner woodstove
Sat a very old and rickety wood built man, ancient as the
Plaster walls, and he asked what he could do for me
When I stepped back out the door I saw the maple trees dark
Leafed, trapping summertime in their bonnets — while broad
Fields went to upper pastures shadowy lush and holding on
for Richard Levasseur
It’s just like her —
that small dish
of scented soap
at the big cast iron
kitchen farm sink
for smaller hands
in the fancy deli
for a pizza slice
sits with tourists
he once sawmilled
boards for me and I
haven't seen him in years
I said hello how you been are
you taking a break?
a break from what?
I don’t know...are
you taking a break?
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Roots and Branches
Sail, Monarchs, rising and falling
orange merchants in spring's flowery markets!
messengers of March in warm currents of news floating,
flitting into areas of aroma.
tracing out of air unseen roots and branches of sense
I share in thought,
filaments woven and broken where the world might light
casual certainties of me. There are
echoes of what I am in what you perform
this morning. How you perfect my spirit!
an imaginary tree of the living in all its doctrines
by fluttering about,
intent and easy as you are, the profusion of you!
awakening transports of an inner view of things.
The Collected Later Poems and Plays
edited with an introduction by Peter Quartermain
U Cal Press, 2019
Put your good hands into the good hands of Peter Quartermain's
guidance through the later world of Duncan, fertile ground