PAUL HOSTOVSKY's Unlikely Loves : Portrait of Gerald Stern
PAUL HOSTOVSKY : Miracles
SHANE JONES : Bar
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PAUL HOSTOVSKY's Unlikely Loves
Portrait of Gerald Stern
There's a poem in Gerald Stern's mouth. If you've ever gone to see him read you've noticed that thing he does with his lips, pursing them, flaring them, wetting them like a pair of water birds come to drink and mate in the middle of his face, preening themselves between the words, making love between the lines. And between his two front teeth that big caesura shining down on us from inside the poems—it's always there, like the sun, which brings us to his eyes, which blink a lot perhaps from his habit of looking directly into the poem, where it lives, in the mouth.
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PAUL HOSTOVSKY
Miracles
Spiritual texts are the most boring books in the world. None of them mentions a bicycle or a Ferris wheel, or baseball, or sea lions, or ice cream. They just lump them all together into "the world." The "world of appearances." The "world of illusions." You can walk through this world and not believe it for a minute. You can get to the end of it and not believe that either. The miracle is seeing right through the world to another world that's right here, right now. But you have to let go of everything. You have to let go of everything—you can start by letting go of these words, just let them go. Let them fall through the air, skim your knee, spill to the floor. How to read these words when they're lying on the floor face-down like bodies? That is the seeming difficulty. You can sit in a small room all alone with your body and not believe it for a minute. You can don the humble johnny that closes in the back, and when the doctor comes in with his numbers which are your numbers, you can not believe that either. You can let them fall from his lips, skim your ear, pool on the floor where your eyes and his eyes have fallen. He won't mention the bicycle, or the Ferris wheel which is taking up a lot of room right now in the little examining room where a sea lion has clambered up onto the table and is barking, and the baseballs are flying, and the vendors are hawking ice cream—because he can't see them. He can't perform a miracle.
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SHANE JONES
Bar
I stood dead in the middle of the bathroom counting the square tiles on the floor. Blood dotted the edge of the sink, and a large razor blade read FOR PUBLIC USE ONLY layed on the floor. I thought about the blade. The stars. How the sun never looks ugly. I raised my head, pushed the door open, turned the corner, approached the bar, sat down, ordered a beer, turned my sewn on face, and gave a big smile, to my new ex-girlfriend.
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Bar] BTM  Bar ©  SHANE JONES  . Jones was introduced to Poetryrepairs by Marie Kazalia
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