1. Awareness of Joy
  2. Birds at Recess
  3. The Call Back
  4. A poem to commemorate dennis's road rash, broken rib, concussion and the bruising of his fourth cranial nerve
  5. Oakland Is Burning
  6. Finding Paul's Marker
  7. Freeway
  8. Carolton
  9. Grief in a Dry September
  10. A Headache on Tuesday, February 26, 2002
  11. heaven
  12. A Hillside Pond in the Rain
  13. Hoarder
  14. L.O.F. (In Her Door)
  15. Intersection
  16. Iporaõ 1960
  17. A Janitor on Hansen Way
  18. laundry
  19. Lucy in the Streets with Ashes
  20. The Man in Blue
  21. When the Morning Air was Cold
  22. Night Stand
  23. objectification
  24. (Quoting Emily Dickenson)
  25. Racoon Eyes
  26. Red Lips
  27. Reflections on a dislocation
  28. The Runway
  29. sails
  30. San Antonio Station, January 3, 2005, 4 Pm
  31. Scene Report
  32. Shark Teeth
  33. Prayer for an Old Woman
  34. Encounter in an Unfinished Room
  35. Y Sovendo Morréu com Raiva
  36. On the Strand
  37. Tethered
  38. Before the Beast
  39. The Ties that Bind
  40. Viewing Bald Eagles
  41. Voyeur
  42. What I Learned on Summer Vacation
  43. What I Learned on Summer Vacation
  44. Without You
  45. Love Poem to You Written on a Mountain
  46. Your Tongue is Soft and Your Teeth Slide in Easy



My body is a traveler
  across the dust bowl towns
  and Amarillo tinges
    anything I touch.
There's two rooms for guests in this home
  so that where and how we sleep
  is a choice my parents gave us,
    a choice they didn't force.
My folks believe in love,
  and believe in ties that bind;
  and believe love's bonds are good for their son,
  and don't bemoan the shape of the knots.
My father is on his evening rounds,
  inspecting the locks and the doors,
  he pauses and chats a while with the man
    I've brought home to meet my folks.
He tries not to look through the door
  where my naked body is sandwiched
  in mother's sheets, white as hoarfrost;
    the bedspread too is lace.

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    February 10, 2005

Stephen Riddle,
February 10, 2005

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