Tuesday, September 30, 2014



Ray DiPalma
Obedient Laughter
Otis Books 2014


Italo Calvino
Collection of Sand
Houghton Mifflin 2013


from Obedient Laughter

At first when the meteor showers began

You met more and more people on the streets

At all times of day eager always to share their

Thoughts prompted by a discrete sense of conjectured

Outcome. And often when three or four had gathered

Shouts of "mine" would be heard — seizing and

Then contriving a moment of personal clarity from

What was a mysterious abundance. But then as

The showers continued day after day and their trajectories

Seemed to alter fewer and fewer people were there to

Encounter and hear bark their claims at the sky

As most now began to take shelter indoors.