Peace does not appear so distant as it did.
as if to ask,
Enter do you want
“I could just leave her alone.”
War next next/next
Enter Captain Lilac
a laughingstock, the green states,
One spiritualist, two spiritualists, three spiritualists,
dust off black topcoat of history,
Enter “a specious and fantastic
Money to make beautiful sound
money to know all their addresses, ordinary terrors
Does poetry matter?
A cloud clearly seen is stranger than country, mystic chords and patriot graves, ’copter guard.
If Colossus could have sat down, I bet he would have.
Free verse is “Ladies and Gentlemen: I appear before you merely for
the purpose of
I have no speech
to repeat a speech, at all the places at which
Enter the lawn from the rear, grey/green, windless, eerie.
lift to the oracle’s ear, whippoorwill intoning over
and now I believe I have really made my speech
dreams it has been destroyed by catastrophe.
a mass ego only properly exists in earthquakes
the one song everyone loves.
the joy is mighty,
the one song everyone loves, loved.
every epoch dreams time is a water garden in a weedy churchyard.
no Hell in your draft
there are other terrors.
the incomparable moon chapter, over mine enemy.
strong leader dozes off in horizon’s dank corridor
calm nights along sensorium’s riverbank.
objects freed of their utility completely unmoored.
an epoch dreams and one follows any adversary on land,
in the bottom of the brain,
an enemy sitting across from a lover,
calmly editing a lover,
her salad a mirage.
a real world could come back to us as an epoch,
similar to a short while and a further example.
ecstatic child leaning over a pickle barrel.
a time bruise on the pickle barrel.
a few master pieces droop, an epoch
dreams in the ruinous thereof.
every epoch dreams, and one follows.
every epoch dreams, one follows
as a figment in one setting beyond this earth even.
Bio: Gillian Conoley’s most recent publication is Lovers in the Used World (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2001). She is the founding editor of Volt and lives in the San Francisco Bay area.