Orlando Furioso, 2016

dentro del sellado armario
la sangre ahogó tu reflejo

pintalabios cantagallo
de oscura madrugada
que lustra la mínima esquirla
del turbio espejo astillado
con el carmín que negaba 
tres veces su fuente oculta

ay tu podrida hombría
de amargo desamor armada

ay tu ritual borbotón
de hueco pecho rasgado

ay tu violenta fe 
que insiste un vacío vengado

Second-hand Lives

Anger & resentment will
fuel my aging frame's limping skill

Forever Young shades embrace
my doubting Thomas in rage, rage
against the goodnight light

I will rant & rave over the slope
where Guy Debord slowly dug
his sodden grave

I may fall down sober on the cot
where Walter Benjamin
took his forceful swift poison

I will thrive where I arrive--
Nowhere Man
scattered to the winds
where the sky burns in welcome


Perseid Logic

trees we hug beyond
reaching species, speech & screens
loom past edge of sleepless night

to engulf us in shadow
(nothing more)
outlined by limit lights

winking their Summer climb
to signal dome-deluded
infinity receding

while waning lust bounces
in festive yearning:
star & firefly, each or both



Diestro Siniestro

zurdo de corazón si no de mano

zurdo de pie, de pensamiento
de cabeza zambullida de casco

zurdo de ruta y de metas
de rumbo al oriente y ocaso

zurdo de origen,  oculto misterio
y dirección donde clarea apenas
una llama
de mal albergada esperanza

zurdo de mi poca fe y herida


Inventory Hold

my ear to the ground machines
my eyes to my terminal decree
my thoughts in fugue
my ticker running out

my so-called life overtaken
hijacked & run aground
by my grudging family of birth

Last Call

was I ever fully present?
wide awake to
the tumbling clutter
ticktock transit world?

maybe once
or twice
at sleepless night's end
some broken dawn
in your arms

now, your embrace
an enduring delusion
would reframe the light

repair the exit gates
redress these final days


Mártir al Deseo

profunda corriente insondable
padece asfixiante añoranza
de superficies

miembros cercenados al asalto
sangran epigramas
de carencia

madre nada
madre todo
madre raja llanto

enfermiza infancia denegada
en trance de recuperar
la cómoda culpable

juego soñado
tras la capa de pieles
heridas por la plaga


Orchid Spirits

slope on my inevitable decline
grows steeper
in the company of ghosts

unholy host petals of white flameout
burn scattered in pure aches


Substantial Utility

I blew the size of the dark
in the sunset
cycled immeasurable seconds ago

I mistook a distraction for a venue
--substance tracks of toll-free youth
wore the dry pipes down

elevated grade routed spirits
out of the higher fuel
for a faithless goal