Wednesday, February 15, 2012

3 poems || Vernon Frazer

Following Bravely

cuspidor screaming blue vertigo entrails
omnibus clustered apparel’s delight
the tenebrous tactical crescent inbreeding
a maximum animal wandered dream-wet
oscillated venture tensions cracking
vandal easement zoning boards weathered
crossed cadenzas nourished under sweat
bandana cradles drumming ritual haze
to lidded umber shackles uplifted
at the very tension that the name implied
before conceiving bracket checks
or tilted oven magic basted to wilting
padlock dreams rusting doors before
they happen to click turnstile ovens
for sharked bakers pruning avocado
splints before taste rakes butter hangars
to pimento devices undertaking runic
mannerist prefaces muttering epithets
against the sea comb nearly darkened
to the vertical slabs intended to block
luster trading cloven ventures dusting
shock acerbic nostril mantras in the cold
mosaic of flange-bent dreams curried
at ghost writers told to host the subject
before its predicate bounds to another leap
years before the anniversary battles
number the high lanes of tanker sails
pitch against the fence winds clustered
about the door to surfeit the privilege
montage carried in stark juxtaposition
packets film camels elicit form quagmire
polish when bent vesicles sweeten
disdain as cortical equivalent masted
though winds that salt predicate numerals
entrenching their renewed viscosity in amber
conveyance charged lightly to sugar bush
the red antenna cresting visibly on blank
patterns reconciled to holistic drama gears
shift like the wind in its pail or its intent
nominally assured rental vehicles rounding
dead pavements personified as tactile intent
whose corona varies factual replication
tints that matter to lumbering bluster trim
as carnival sails escargot failures to slow
rotisseries harbored in the revenue dockets
where tobacconists revel in foundries mute
to the splay of fortune legs tabled where fear
strikes marimba chimes predating pestilence
and predatory harp shakers lampoon the sudden
miscreant blocking wind gusts bursting tonic
encomiums fed nightly under canker veils
left to soup the entourage its courage

Syntax on the Dark Side

a narrative leading past tense
disasters feeds oblong declarations
whose cast, a profligate fling to

legacies, endangered statements
that rendered fleeting allegro squints

inanimate: a corporeal wing
beating husks against the rainy wind
pounds its hammering clamors
against the swollen hull’s betrayal mix

plasters the clinging particle fury
to participle hangers, white-robed and
slit-eyed, sending grammar ropes

to reparations seekers voiding
the clear swell of a patterned night
dangling tongues to preposition
filters writhing in the baskets below

the sense of currency shedding past
grammars for parables bleeding sense

Riding the Railroaded

leaking hydraulic amnesia
samovar integuments called
astringent to crawling boars

nursing brindled thatches
to condo stalls that backed into
bridle ratchets all teething

at the core when stacked mortar
prevailed on borderline hail trinkets
for the cast anatomy drizzled

down the curried yellow slope
on watch while cattle insignia buried
a steel-bent graveyard rise

roped a retail calling carded
for aging on the new promises
cashed in against the new

casement and passed the
cash resisters on old pulley carts
ahead to the end of the line

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