So Glad You Came

All music and merry,
your hands on the strings,
trading places and voices
and other fine things,
the cocktails passed,
don’t care whose is whose
’cause you’re all full of whiskey
and no one’s got shoes,

two gypsies wear top hats,
black leather and white,
while another keeps leaving
to check on the night,
one is a songbird,
her voice travels high,
and the player, he plays
with a smile in his eyes,

and the first flash of lightning
cracks open the sky
as the poets all gather,
some dead, some alive,
and tonight, the rain answers,
coerced out by Dylan
and Cohen and Jerry
and Ella and Gillian,

they stay in your pocket,
nights such as these
when something new happens
despite all you’ve seen,
and that is the magic
of friends round a flame,
where the truth tellers linger
and you’re so glad you came.

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Letter to the Answer Men

Dear
Don Trump, Scott Pruitt, and Ryan Zinke,

Please help us understand why
it’s raining in the Colorado mountains
in December.

Signed,

The Deer
Black Bears
Beavers
Ravens
Rabbits
Bald Eagles
Elk
Owls
Chipmunks
Bighorn Sheep
Wild Horses
Coyotes
Squirrels
Moose
River Otters
Fox
Sage Grouse
Red-Tailed Hawks
Marmots
and Children

Literary Burlesque in Telluride this Friday – May 15, 2015

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LITERARY BURLESQUE: CLOSE TO THE BONE
(PART OF THE TELLURIDE LITERARY ARTS FESTIVAL)
 

Friday, May 15  |  7 pm  |  $10 at the door | Ah Haa School for the Arts
300 South Townsend St., Telluride, CO 81435

Risks and revelations will be apparent as some of the region’s best women poets and writers whittle away the layers with words.

Join Kierstin Bridger, Erika Moss Gordon, Amy Irvine McHarg, Rachel Kellum, Ellen Marie Metrick, Corinne Platt and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer for a bare bones evening where layers of language are shed—right down to the essentials.

MC’d by Colin Sullivan of Telluride Theatre.

NOTE: This event is part of the Second Annual Telluride Literary Arts Festival, a weekend of events for readers, writers and poets, May 14 – 17.

http://www.ahhaa.org/ah-haa_events/telluride-literary-fest/

For an overview of the entire weekend, check out Telluride Inside and Out at http://www.tellurideinside.com/2015/05/lit-arts-overvue.html

Under the Two Thirds Moon

Discover a pouch
of tobacco left by a traveler
and roll a cigarette
without the shape
of experience.
Smoke a third
and think about
how maybe this is
what poets do
(you have known
many) – some
use words,
or wisdom,
or simply spend
their hours
beauty making
beneath this moon
on a dimmer
as the light returns,
disappears
and returns again.