Saturday, March 1, 2014

Uncollected Poems by John Perlman


UNCOLLECTED POEMS
A SAMPLER VOLUME 1
JOHN PERLMAN

Grateful acknowledgment to the editors
of the publications in which some of these
poems first appeared :
Celebrations, Cutting Edge, First Intensity,
Lift, Longhouse, Noctiluca, paperwhite (a tel let minum),
Pound of Flesh Review, Shearsman. Tight, tel 28 let.
“In the Shawangunks” first appeared in
The Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative
Poetry, an anthology.
Cover Photo on Giant Mountain
by Jan Perlman.
Room Press
22450 Sister Lane
Millsboro, DE 19966



men in flame
or the heat
from flame in
water boiling
or in words
incendiary
words their
faces masked
inarticulate
dispassion
of some
irresistible
revenge
the ones
whose souls
are promised
to a merciless
fathering dead
who summon
unborn sons &
daughters to
unceasing
passion
plays in
sightless
fury waves
of faces arms
for banners
streaming
seen from
rooftops
so world
disquieted
may watch
flame swallow
flame & on the
tables flesh
devours
flesh &
soupbroth
thins & dogs
go gaunt on
bones --- the
heartsick
put on coats
to walk alone
in woods
regretting
speech
framing
silent
prayers
concluding
as if whispered
in an ear we
beg forgiveness
for denying you
allow our loved ones
mute fidelity of love
seeing in their eyes
no heart for
war tho
fire
cover
us in
fear

If you wish a copy please contact John Perlman at roompress@aol.com


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