Takedown Portraits

Takedown Portraits
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Friday, August 4, 2017

Craig Emerson and Harvey Donegan 20 September 2017


(Craig Emerson, 1981)






(Harvey Donegan, 1981)






Decades' creased concerns
Sloughed, thinned hair troubles
Brushed back, seat's
Perspective,
     -Climber scales terrain,
     -Pores tackled often,
     -Shapes, angles,
     -Anecdotes;
Rote aphorisms
Skim, 'We Are Happy
To Serve You,'
Brims poison,
     -Lid popped, straight, charcoal
     -Slid back and forth to
     -Here and now,
     -I accept;
I admit to herd
Mentality, crowns
Royal glass
Sipper lips,
     -Smoker cured, whiskered
     -Lisp, 'Not a problem,'
     -Whispered, parched
     -Recital;
Pitched revival called
Out, step-danced on first
Name basis
Partakers,
     -Sidestepped naysayers,
     -Co-dependent on
     -Horse betting
     -Tea readers;
Purchased western boots,
Grew mustache, blew straw
Men lurching,
Questioned booze,
     -Broke down, stopped cold, black
     -Drained, rappelled strafed cheeks,
     -The furrows
     -Beneath eyes;
I am, we will, said
Into collection
Box, spare change
Passed around,
     -Untangled discards
     -Salvaged, balled up in
     -Pocket of
     -Choir robe;
Penance, sopranos
Paired, dereliction,
Baritone
Soloist,
      -A traditional
-Recitatif round,
     -Male, female
     -Disciples;
Pipes acapella
Brevis, vita purged,
Choir sings
Merci dirge,
     -Organ surged, lyre
     -Plucks from descending
     -Scale, heartstrings
     -Tugged ring bells;
Fling quelled, need blunted,
Hugged, taken in by
Group package
Travelers,
-Fragile passengers,
     -Seats bumped, connections,
     -Lodging, meals
     -Uncertain;
Curtains, yanked past, heal,
Sun confronted washed
Across, held
Out promise,
     -Premise emboldened,
     -Skirted forehead, cheeks,
     -Chin, instilled
     -Sereneness. 

7 September 2017

Vantage collector,
Chinese, Italian,
Back turned, trick,
Bric-a-brac,
     -Profiled, spout protrudes
     -Harvey's mick kettle,
     -Polished black
     -Rendering;
Won't pretend, complaints
Admonished: work, tout
Sweet tea with
Southern drawl,
     -Source red sauced tank tops,
     -Playground demolished
     -Point guards, cleats
     -Chain link hooked;
Rook's trinkets, gleaned mounds
Acquisition forged
Unrestrained,
Arraiment,
     -Deschabille claimant,
     -Gorge on pick-up game's
 -Center skin,
     -Shooting guard;
Thumb rubs, polishes,
Nose inhales, newsprint,
Soil, suitcase,
Persimmon,
-Frisson of brute force,
     -Foes drubbed, co's high fived,
     -Train, bends, shrieks,
     -Curse invoked;
Purser's vowels leak, stall
Seller sighs, frantic
Birds squawk, trucks
Stalled honking,
     -Jocks' balls crushed, mid-thigh
-Gym shorts cut tight, cracks
-Gawked diving
     -For missed shots;
Hot pots hissed fire
Peppers, sweet chillies,
Sesame,
Crispy bites,...


     
     


      














Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Omar and Mirsad 4 August 2017


(Mirsad and cousin 1983)


(Omar 1982)



(Omar 1982)


(Omar 1983)

A boy among men
In his skivvies watched
City which
Never slept,
     -Super's first born, freed
     -Association,
     -Kid, satyr,
     -Greek, man boy;
Cultures flake off walls,
Scuffed by soles, coat bare
Feet, swept up
In dustpan,
     -Layers peeled back from
     -First light's febrile dreams,
     -Dried slurry
     -Stiffening;
Tethered to boiler
Clicks, trash hauler wails,
Fumes from roach
Spray, PineSol,
     -Cologne, cigarette,
     -Beer head, gathered, bar
     -Congregants'
     -Pitched tones, spun;
Albanian vowels
Bruised, lamb, fowl, stewed, New
York syntax
Chewed, bones gnawed,
     -Meat and potatoes,
     -Blackboard, scoreboard, words
     -Bored home, first
     -Basement, seconds?
Forehead rubbing, robbed
Of anguish, blemish,
Streaking smudge
Souvenir,
     -Skeletal seams braced,
     -Face tapped, fault fractured,
     -Plates shifting
     - Each apart;
Larry's sneakers stride
Basement stairs, stop short
At mailbox,
Pedal off,
     -Posted sentinel's
     -Complicit notice
     -Of comings
     -And going;
Selves sung lockstep, night
Contained voyage out,
Worse for wear
Dodged shipwreck;
     -Comber with keeper's
     -Mien, left behinds
     -Prized, dropped change,
     -Lotto picks;
Triple planes, reversed,
Revered, reverted
To, ticket
Admittance,
     -Omar's collective
     -Breaths, lodged in doorframe,
     -Lessen, held
     -By pupil;
Detached regard, drill
Confident brandish,
Face off brims
Compliant,
     -Crayon charts terrain,
     -Lakes, elevations,
     -Depressions,
     -Thick forest;
Pipe played unravels
Basket sheltered snake,
Tongue flicking
Clench of teeth,
     -Pried off, stowed behind
     -Eyes, trusting child which
     -Coats surly
     -Teenager,
A feathers festooned
Frolic embodied,
Resulting
In stiff neck,
     -Strands fingering tossed
     -Off, brows, nose, mouth slashed,
     -Peacock struts
     -His plumage;
Mounted heads regard
Execution spelled
Out, body
Taken in;
     -Unmoored survivor,
     -Life raft sent adrift,
     -Attuning
     -The distance;
Generated heat
Disperses along,
Between, fuels
Compression,
     -How to hold a hand,
     -(Arms pinned), fingers to
     -Wiggle out,
     -Palm to read;
Sounds recall, squeaking
Cart rolled across, Dior's
Click, child's: 'Hot','
Adult's: '...hand...'
     -Head contoured, edges
     -Squared, light packed into
     -Crayon box,
     -Shadows cross;
Copy Larry, sleeves
Rolled, shirt unbuttoned,
Both hands stuck
In pockets,
     -An American
     -Gothic, pared, cousins,
     -Pruned, their growth
     -Spurts, pitted;
Special treatment shown,
Soccer jersey tugged,
Fingers left
To fidget,
     -You turned thirty-six,
     -Could conjure, exact
     -Defining
     -From within;
Safe to fall, failure
Moment's eclipse, pain
Polar bear
Ocean plunge,
     -Face to sell, hard fought
     -Fix made up, red dots
     -And iced rocks
     -Floating off;
Skeptic of rent-roll
Provenance, neck chained
Reliqu'ry,
Or flipped coins,
     -Black out distractions,
     -Pigment, linseed brushed,
     -Absorbing
     -Eloquence;
Guarded, carded, used
To bargain, win, when
Heated, to
Barge right in,
     -Hands burdened, door kicked,
     -Lights elbowed, things shed
     -Across, oils
     -Taken in;
That, left, launched back to
Father, bent, brother,
Blind, friends' brand
Addictions,
     -Wet board's paint danced, pulled,
     -Piloted over,
     -Unfurled to
     -Partner's lift.
   
  4 August 2017