NOTE: This Book is now out of print.
Match Coffee & Wine
Poems Read July 6, 2011
Duane Kirby Jensen
edition features sixteen poems collected for my featured reading that
took place July 6, 2011. If you missed the event, reading this copy
will give you a taste of the mood and flow of the evening. It
contains Eight poems that can be found split between two other
I saw bees fall from the sky:
crashing into windows – posts – walls.
I witnessed each one in private struggle:
for flight – for buoyancy – for grace.
Down they came – grasping for that
which once came – effortlessly.
Curled-up between chucks of gravel,
yellow-black corpses – haphazardly strewed
resemble victims from last night’s news.
Bodies laid out in a mangled alphabet
by someone who speaks
through metal shards and phosphorus.
Faintly heard above traffic-drone
feet tread over this fresh-air graveyard.
Crunch. Crunch. Crunch. Crunch. Crunch. Crunch
I imagine the crispness of fresh snow
giving way to weight it was never designed to bear.
Her language wraps its arms around me,
the way a jealous lover squeezes
her obsession close,
an intoxicating strength
that smothers rational thought,
even as a small voice whispers ‘escape.’
But I have no desire to escape.
It is a long fall
and I want to see how it ends.