PJ Gallo

UPSTANDING CITIZEN

 

Something like this always lurks in my idea

of nature, something in an acre beyond

 

intelligence—a brown bear gored

by a bolt of lightning, moaning from behind

 

a fence (the devil looks this way

in all my adventures).

 

 

 

 

 

AGGREGATE REVIEW OF RAIN

 

What a hundred lips

mentioned in a whisper

is an apology

for what we all came together

to say in an earlier time.

 

 

 

 

 

NORTHERN FLORIDA EPISODE

 

We had all time

to make a decision, and when we didn’t, it didn’t matter anymore.

We could not afford a rift,

then people began coming back for other people

and we felt wrong.

We felt like the origins of a handshake.

We felt like looking

into the blur behind the action. The Zoo Administration,

I think that’s what he said,

said they’d hand out notebooks to their staff

and pencils to write “digestion”

at the top of every page, and pen-knives

to sharpen pencils, and whetstones

for the knives, and water to cool the whetstones. In several ways,

we are exactly like them.

 

 

 

 

 

FIELD PARTY

 

Look out over the black Adirondacks!

You look thoughtful as shit.

 

Something something something is the mother of wit.

Once in college, never again.

 

All the rooms for Dryden are covered in Dryden.

Poor Dryden,

 

a guy just lies tied up inside him.

The blue Adirondacks looked over once more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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