Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Coal Dust Smiles ~ Alan Britt



You configure the universe
the way you want,
but people’ll still do what they choose.

Every rusty blade of sunlight
disembowels the clouds.

You attend to business, incognito,
hardly notice,
and pause briefly before a German bakery.

But, then, monsoon raindrops
darken the white sands
of your pulse.

Must be the salamander
Darwin talked about,
the one who should’ve
married influence
and kept the family fortune alive.

Someone, please, cast a ragged net
of paradoxical blue crabs over the Priest
at our next confession!

It’s about time;
don’t you think?

It’s about time.

And it’s about time
someone besides the corporate news media
consoled us poor, neglected civilians,
we long forgotten consumers
trying to pay the Baltimore Gas and Electric bill
with our coal dust smiles.


Alan Britt’s recent books are Hurricane (2010), Vegetable Love (2009), Vermilion (2006), Infinite Days (2003), Amnesia Tango (1998) and Bodies of Lightning (1995). Britt’s work also appears in the new anthologies, American Poets Against the War, Metropolitan Arts Press, 2009 and Vapor transatlántico (Transatlantic Steamer), a bi-lingual anthology of Latin American and North American poets, Hofstra University Press/Fondo de Cultura Económica de Mexico/Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos de Peru, 2008.

1 comment:

Gordon Mason said...

Enjoyed the images and attitude here