Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Poem by Heller Levinson

brown weep warps the earth
                                         homeowners rake
groom the ground
                                vegetal shroud
covering the covered the coveted the cosseted
lymph brocade
rulings administered through beams of a solar canonical the leaf
suspended for months in licentious tease blushes, bruises with color, with a crimson erotic fervor, then lets go, releases, anthems the soil, the grass, the rock, . . . the pulled down things
s(or)(au)cering nutrients
             --allocation allot alight alit
concupiscence wearied
                                     (some will survive the Winter, some will not
sturdiness laced with lamentation, ... oblongs pathos,
underbellies melancholy
the considerations have time to harden, to frost, to ice
leaves await their orders
not retreat          but entrenchment unthreading        baring
cold disrobement
robust exposure
trees peeled to skeletal gasp
strike skyward
souse-calendric surreptition performs
a squat           shearing
to silhouette             the language
hardy, lean, ...
month to month
soon it will be February
clasp burnish
mouth to mouth
a month is a mouth opens & closes
with less frequency
the tree tidy in its time-li-ness, in the long longitude of speculation, absentees the cursory, the provisional is pronounced, a stuck in the ground, a struck upon gourd, the components that ‘make it work,’comfortably furtive
the fleet protecting their knowing
this season of no leaf
of little splash
-- the hunkering
thick & not without pleasure
Heller Levinson lives in NYC where he studies animal behavior. He has published in over a hundred journals and magazines including Alligatorzine, The Cartier Street Review, Counterexample Poetics, ditch poetry, First Literary Review-East, Hunger, Jacket,The Jivin’ Ladybug, Mad Hatters’ Review, Mad Swirl, Mid-June, Moria, Omega, Otoliths, Poets for Living Water, Skidrow Penthouse, Street Cake Magazine, Sugar Mule, Sulfur, Talisman, Tears In The Fence, The Wandering Hermit, The Toronto Quarterly, A Trunk Full of Delirium, Venereal Kittens, and Wood Coin. His publication, Smelling Mary (Howling Dog Press, 2008), was nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the Griffin Prize. Additionally, he is the originator of Hinge Theory.
His latest book publication, January 2012, is from stone this running, Black Widow Press, order from www.blackwidowpress.com,
Or Amazon.

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