John Marvin: “Heisenberg and Heidegger Homelettes”

Heisenberg and Heidegger Homelettes

don’t save bandaged reminders of uncertain songs
and wail in the night over dry Mississippi oxbows
_____protecting engendered species under eroding banks
where they hover in harmonic minors like blues and lamentations

don’t wait for ships to sail lost strangers on a road less travailed
and all smoke and flakes of snowy ash floating downy windy
_____reddening sunsets like an uppercut grazing a bruised cheek
where ancient wounds forget stragglers who mean neither good nor harm

don’t count your blessed chickens pecking relentless paradiddles on gravel
and tin roofs with Englishmen in the noon day puncture of a sky less avid
_____enthralling forever arrows of outrageous importunities
where a dazed audience doesn’t know whether to laugh or crow

don’t you know little fool your trajectory has concealed your likely positions
and being becomes less available for psycho-concussive
_____tripping hammers against a true temple of everyone’s worship
where miracles abound like leaping lords and turtle dove love

don’t slow cook being as an abstraction derived from universal sproofs
and a mortar pure white in all its concavity sequestering powders
_____awaiting an anxious blow from above crushing will to powder
where humming sooths that abyss staring back at a stranger’s eyelids

__________________a stranglers eye
___________________________a strand                a


John Marvin is a teacher who retired and subsequently earned a Ph.D. in English at SUNY Buffalo. He has poems in scores of journals, and literary criticism in Hypermedia Joyce Studies, James Joyce QuarterlyPennsylvania English, and Worchester Review. His book, Nietzsche and Transmodernism: Art and Science Beyond the Modern in Joyce, Stevens, Pynchon, and Kubrick, awaits a publisher.


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