Saturday, August 30, 2014

BEAT OF CROW WING: A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook



Beat of Crow Wing

poems

Red Shuttleworth


Beat of Crow Wing, a Red Shuttleworth poetry chapbook, published by Bunchgrass Press in a limited (more than two-dozen copies) edition, presents nine poems:
Voice Over
Brain-at-Whirl
Horizon / Illusion
Window / Ghosts
Thin Saturday Morning
Don't Mind the Wait
Animal / History Will...
Chance / Striking a Pose
and
Darkness / Wine

Red Shuttleworth
(East of Ely, Nevada, August 1999)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Maurice Maeterlinck

Maurice Maeterlinck

Maurice Maeterlinck

Here in glad-darkness...
Maeterlinck is distracted.
Moonlit garden: a slender dancing nymph
in see-through muslin... astonishing leaps.
Seagull shriek.  The dancer vanishes.
Head shake, Maeterlinck smiles
at distant granite walls...
his after-life monastery,
Here in glad-darkness:
red poppy, scent of roses,
shadows of joy, shadows of sorrow....

Thursday, August 28, 2014

W.C. Fields

W.C. Fields

W.C. Fields

You must've survived
a whore-'n-buggy crash,
you lacquered, lost fingernail!
The house at 2015 DeMille Drive
is up for grabs... seven-million dollars.
Fields is sitting hundreds of half-boxed
books: cracked-spine Stephen Crane...
stacks of duplicate Conrads and Dickens.

Took me dozens of moons to croak
once the nurses took the bottled goods.
Acting?  Send your two-year-old boy
over to drown in my lilies and fish pond.
You'll sure have emotional recall.
Ask Tony Quinn about that truth.

Dead, I sit gaseous in underwear,
wait for tourists, loose day-trippers
with five-buck Maps-to-the Stars.
I mourn for myself, my marriage,
my taken-away sons, grandkids,
all their doggies, and I miss laughter.
Thanks for askin', lumpy ass cheek.




Darkness / Wine



Darkness / Wine

Added fluorescent
music... buzz
of lovers' equilibrium:

The self-promise
of eventual
escape...
freedom...
merely a blown
light bulb.

Previously
translated:
pine branches
whipping a house....

Chance / Striking a Pose



Chance / Striking a Pose

The future...
an old devotion...
blue polyurethane
stars.

A radio-sturdy
before-sunrise
Christer voice...
lonesome
gas station.

Peaches-the-Wolfhound
half out
a back window...
drooling

Stars like Jesus...
or Jim Morrison
in after-life burlap...
a Revelation.


Animal / History Will...



Animal / History Will...

Inner Mongolia
in sepia:
like a luscious
Vegas-facsimile
trend-hotel.

Best to
postcard
lovers.

On balance
delirium 
goes a long way
when amplified.

Best for
lovers:
postcards.

Horde / horsemen
explain history.

Window / Ghosts



Window / Ghosts

A bone-longing
the dead
are coy about....

Lit-match
plywood eyes...
dark room...
abbreviated
heartbeat.

Wall-mounted
owl skull:

we are not
moving
across
continuous planes.