Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Range, Loathing, y Tuscon, AZ -- A montage of music, visuals, and poetry

Forms of Range and Loathing
by Ruth Ellen Kocher

typical of an arid country among hundreds of other flora
you find half a province of avalanches 
parts are desert 
I might say light defeated by a dark thing that strips
mountain and bullet
the mountains have forgotten airborne
you would never say howl
never say mountain
or region or enemy
you say men's mouths are the woods' black holes 
I'm thinking The guy on TV didn't seem upset about
killing his wife If he'd done so but he didn't he says 
nothing about him if not after an interview
tuft bodies of red wings scatter the lawns 
did you hear
birds out of sky
some dead wind

he didn't seem upset and so may as well
have killed his wife
a jury says
If you could hear me now I'm not sure how important
it might seem In another language
Hope is not too much or that a random crime
might mean We share something 

Copyright © 2013 by Ruth Ellen Kocher.
Ruth Ellen Kocher is the author of several books of poems, including domina Un/blued 
(Tupelo Press, 2013). She teaches in the M.F.A. program at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

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