Thursday, December 1, 2011, at 7:00 pm, poets Peter Covino and Daniel Hall will continue the fifth season of the Collected Poets Series. Mocha Maya’s Coffee House, 47 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls, MA. ($2-5 suggested donation)
Daniel Hall is the author of three poetry collections, Hermit with Landscape (Yale University Press, 1990), Strange Relation (Penguin, 1996), and Under Sleep (Chicago University Press, 2007), as well as the recipient of many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and the Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship. He is the Director of Creative Writing at Amherst College.
Should I imagine Uncle Sam horned purple
By war conspicuous in the 1966 edition
’cept for Texas
Where I know I know we got our own ranch
I’m trying not to pick on where you left off
Where the perfect makeup or the dusty
Mauve wrap entitled you to miss my class
@ $2,500 per semester, without insurance
A dictum’s gotta be more than one-dimensional
So I arc the vetted V.
& wed past & tense to the gerund
For a star clustering constellation
5:40 a.m. in that fluorescent before saying
Meant to say hi
But I get shy
And beaten down
I’m having trouble with agreement and good verbs.
I waited for the water filter to filter.
I ordered 30 gifts from the Home Shopping Channel and sent 29 back.
(First appeared in Gulf Coast. Forthcoming in The Right Place to Jump, by Peter Covino, New Issues Press, W. Michigan University Press, 2012.)
still factory-bright, held lightly aloft
in the roadside stubble. I want to see the clouds
warp achingly across it, and to hear
the crisply branded Circle-R, white on red.