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Cleaning the Mirror
by Joel Chace
(BlazeVOX , 2008)


                                    for Tinker Greene 

            “And sudden day unbuttoned her blouse”
                                               -- John Ashbery 
Small pleasures of life infiltrate, exercising charm in all
         the wrong places.
Goat bells surround the skull as house lights flicker.
The Wealth of Nations is not of this world.
Miss Perfect enters beyond recognition, shadows of past
         lives in both hands.
Shaggy-dog tales of Late Capitalism teeter madly on the
         waters of predictability.

The sticking point sticks in the strike zone.
Is language mostly synonymous with restriction?
Never say “swivel” – speak “laminate.”
Tulips and slavery, two inner limits of Empire.
And a broom that is mostly stubble.

Without further ado -- but increased existence –
a tub or busload of refreshing memories is on the rise,
accompanying the song that won’t be mangled by
         either club or choir.

Breathe now or leave the instant behind.
That song is you.




If Only I Had Known When I Made My Debut


bill berkson