Poems – Vol 33, No 1

Brooke Horvath

 

Still Life with Lamp and Dogs

Brooke Horvath

Pillows covered in vines
& flowers
rest upon the armchair

They must have lain
there awhile
they are so overgrown

Two grey pillows on
the couch
like rocks on rocks

Two dogs, one per
pillow, one
dog dreaming, one awake…

As for the lamp–
who knows?
in the corner chanting

its mantra: Let there
be light,
let there be light.


Reincarnation

Brooke Horvath

The blue jay
hops from fence

to bush. He
tells me something

he assumes I
do not know,

then tells me
the same thing

again, more stridently,
and then again.

Were my father
not alive still

a few miles
from here, perched

on his porch,
I might have

to believe in
the soul’s migration.


‘Team Up with Jesus’

Brooke Horvath

reads the sign
outside a church
that seems at home with kitsch

& I would except
He umps the games
and always gets to pitch


Brooke Horvath is a professor of English at Kent State University. He is the author, mostly recently, of Understanding Nelson Algren (University of South Carolina, 2005) and The Lecture on Dust (Bottom Dog Press), a collection of poems.

Brooke Horvath

Brooke Horvath’s most recent reviews for FI were of Arlindo Oliveira’s The Digital Mind and Daniel De Nicola’s Understanding Ignorance.


  Still Life with Lamp and Dogs Brooke Horvath Pillows covered in vines & flowers rest upon the armchair They must have lain there awhile they are so overgrown Two grey pillows on the couch like rocks on rocks Two dogs, one per pillow, one dog dreaming, one awake… As for the lamp– who knows? …

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