Monday, June 29, 2015

AMULET, A Red Shuttleworth Chapbook... The Complete Poem




Amulet

a one-poem chapbook by

Red Shuttleworth



Recently presented in sections on facebook, the poem Amulet, by Red Shuttleworth, is now issued in a limited edition chapbook by Bunchgrass Press.



Red Shuttleworth






Sunday, June 28, 2015

Amulet: 15 & Envoi



Amulet: 15

Heap of  desert grime and grease,
hideous-stained cotton, cracked buttons,
tatters of denim shirt...  old man overcoat
at a spray-of-gravel, windshield glass crossroads...
as if some death-song god has staggered by.

Amulet: Envoi

Burned-sagebrush... charred western horizon,
a blood-boil sun curses, hacks and sputters.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Amulet: 14



Amulet: 14

The fence is torn down, but a cattle gate remains:
true-life Old West fireflies outside a railroad bar.
Pioneer monuments, burlap sack frontier beauties,
antique shop postcards: in time you'll slip away silent...
clean... squared-up in a Wrangler coffin shirt and jeans.



Amulet: 13



Amulet: 13

Hallucinatory desert hues, a steady onward...
no turning point: you're sitting a charred oak
carousel pony of prescription pain meds.
You follow a line of cracked-cedar fence posts...
wolf-blood stains on paper mache masks.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Amulet: 12



Amulet: 12

Today's clouds cobble-up a storm for mountains
beyond Spokane.  Another old wisdom tooth gone...
shattered on a dentist's glossy tray, your jaw swells
to meet darkness.  You drive with brights, honk
at apricot-brown heifers... moonlight-dumb on gravel.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Amulet: 11



Amulet: 11:

Dozed the better part of a hot day,
dreams spiked with dental offices:
entropy lurks in ancient wisdom teeth.
No formidable rattler at evening's door.
no paired missionaries... only desert pines.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Amulet: 10



Amulet: 10

Darkness protests dawn, toss of shadow,
coffee-black streak of rock on ash-ground.
Horse-gaze, fading distant lights of town,
tangles of rusted barb wire and cedar posts....
Along with a hope-dream comes charcoal.