An Algebra (Phoenix Poets) by Don Bogen

By Don Bogen

An Algebra is an interwoven number of 8 sequences and 16 person poems, the place photographs and words recur in new contexts, connecting and postponing innovations, feelings and insights. via turns, the poems bounce from the general public realm of city decay and outsourcing to the intimacies of kinfolk existence, from a highway mime to a haunting dream, from elegy to lyric evocation. Wholeness and brokenness intertwine within the ebook; glimpsed styles and startling disjunctions force its explorations.

An Algebra is a piece of fixing equivalents, a look for stability in a global of transformation and loss. it's a brilliantly built, relocating ebook by means of a poet who has accomplished a brand new point of resourceful expression and talent.

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I wanted to read And thought of nothing, T o go to the movies A nd knew the film. I went to a bar A nd was alone. I was hungry A nd had a couple of drinks. I wanted to be alone A nd was among people. I wanted to breathe And couldn’t find the exit. I saw a woman W ho is often here. I saw a man W ho stared into his beer. I saw two dogs W ho did what dogs do. I saw human beings W ho laughed at this too. I saw a man W ho fell in the snow It didn’t hurt him H e’d been drinking so. And over the ice T h e cold made me run Through the alleys to you T o whom all this is unknown.

31 4 If Mary visits me at night Frank Villon, for our sins, Goes strolling on the W all which scares T h e guards out of their skins. T h e bullets pass right through Villon But not a drop of blood Flows from the bullet holes they make, Just red wine in a flood. Then for a joke he makes a harp Out of the W all’s barbed wire T h e guards accompany the tune And keep time while they fire. And only when I am almost Drained dry by good Marie And she gets up to go to work Down in the town does he Return and cough up several pounds Of lead with much to-do.

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