Sunday, April 23, 2017

Valentinian II





Valentinian II

Toy chariots and barbed crucifixes...
playthings for an Augustus...
for a four year old emperor.

From my porphyry sarcophagus,
a brother laid beside me....
No bride or lover to grieve.

My father battle-dead....

Milan a prison....

Rats are in the wine
Rats are in the wine
Strangle the child.

The next Augustus 
used my ribs
to swirl and toss salad.


Notebook Crackles: 4





Notebook Crackles: 4

Havre Best Western: slightly parted lips,
gaudy-gold strapless dress, a fifty-or-so brunette
lurches in heels, glitters across the motel lobby.
Fragrance of abandoned straw bale gardening.

Evening check-in: free cookie, digital room clock,
Chinese take-out down the street, anti-inflammatory
meds for the stove-ups,  cheap pillow-top mints....
Aging sky... a grumblin' thunderstorm outside.  

Motel bar: a gaggle of fly-specked
commercial realtors, lip-biters in golfer pastels, 
cell phones 'n chuckles, peel bottle labels,
stare at a Braves-on-mute TV game.


Tongue-stud barmaid scans you, Nice better-days
snap shirt, cowboy.  She pours a free whiskey ditch,
says she made a wood table from three farmyard gates.
says, Eyes the road, not them small roadside crosses.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Notebook Crackles: 3




Notebook Crackles: 3

A bullet-pocked 1916 farmhouse
framed by warped-boards...
slow coulee miles from sweet care.

Past where a back door
once swung loose on leather hinges
for neighbors... for a scones 'n coffee welcome,
dead batteries... old tires...
echo of ghost-knuckles tapping
on half a maple breakfast table.

Wild ponies gone...
roping gloves pitched downhill... 
buckskin memory-particles.

Arthur Schnitzler

Arthur Schnitzler



Arthur Schnitzler
(May 15, 1862 - October 21, 1931)

From a grand hotel terrace...
through French doors....

Vienna.  My home is gone
with... women who loved.

From a terrace:
a plush bed and nearby a table tray:
purple grapes, wedges of white cheese.

Young hotel maid in powder blue...
lilac ballet slippers.... She falls
upon the passion-used bed, rolls.

Vanilla, rose, sandalwood.

Apricot years are gone.
Eternity is a hotel terrace...
cold square tile... skeletal feet.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Notebook Crackles: 2




Notebook Crackles: 2

Burning barrel night fire
a mile or two south...
a breakfast leftovers smell.

Love is more than longing
or turned corners.

The clock declares:
there's an inky rift in the cosmos.


A ghost Hound leaves a message on your phone:
Where I river-crossed, bucktoothed angels
are handing out store bought cookies.

Max Frisch

The Dream
(Ferdinand Hodler, 1897)



Max Frisch
(May 15, 1911 - April 4, 1991)

The way she sits legs agape
on a sofa... slow-unbuttons her blouse...
cedary musk-rose perfume... how she pats
the plush cushion where I am to sit.

Death is moored to preceding sexuality.
A weekend-only lover, she stabs open 
a bottle of white wine with a penknife.
One oceanic... Friday into Sunday.

In a New York eternity... the Studebaker...
a cotton brassiere dropped past my shoulder.
After-world: rain... moderate wind... scent
of buttery shortbread... a Zurich cupcake cafe.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Notebook Crackles: 1



Notebook Crackles: 1

Ratshot, .22 or .357, fired from six yards....
No rattler penetration from a wide pellet pattern.

Town lights south of the freeway, a sand-yellow sky,
go-for-broke flapjacks with butter, a side of sliced orange.

Desperate freestyle swimming... at five miles an hour
in your own pulmonary artery, you are faint... unclear.




The God Mercury




The God Mercury
     (495 B.C.)

Eternity is flight.
Weep for mortal plans.

Look: Marcus Laetorius,
such a minor general, prays at my temple.
A muscular wind plays tricks in night trees.

Rot-mouth lover, curls untrimmed,
I love a halting road, broken stone,
old chariot wheel rolled off to a weedy ditch.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

FOR THAT MATTER, A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook





Red Shuttleworth's For that Matter, published in a limited edition by Bunchgrass Press, presents five poems:

Riderless Horses

Waiting for a Guest

Blood-Orange Sun

Antiqued

Ghost Light



Red Shuttleworth



Red Shuttleworth's Woe to the Land Shadowing (Blue Horse Press) received the 2016 Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Outstanding Poetry Book.  Shuttleworth is a three-time winner of Western Writers of America's Spur Award for Poetry.  In 2007 True West magazine named Shuttleworth "Best Living Western Poet."

The latest Red Shuttleworth book-length collection of poems is Straight Ahead (Blue Horse Press).  It is available on Amazon.


Friday, April 7, 2017

CHAPBOOK #160, A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook





Chapbook #160

poems

Red Shuttleworth



Red Shuttleworth's Chapbook #160, from Bunchgrass Press in a limited edition, presents eight poems:

Hawk Season Notebook #79

Hawk Season Notebook #87

Sometimes You Get Pancaked

Hawk Season Notebook #232

Muddy-Brown Toy Camera Landscape Photograph

The Room Is Stone-Dark

The Next Time

Moonlight Juniper



Red Shuttleworth

Red Shuttleworth's Woe to the Land Shadowing (Blue Horse Press) received the 2016 Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Outstanding Poetry Book.  Shuttleworth is a three-time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Poetry.  In 2007 True West magazine named Shuttleworth "Best Living Western Poet."

The latest Red Shuttleworth book-length collection of poems is Straight Ahead (Blue Horse Press).  It is available on Amazon.




Tuesday, March 28, 2017

THE STRUGGLE: A Bunchgrass Press Chapbook Anthology





The Struggle

A Bunchgrass Press Anthology



Jeffrey C. Alfier


Susan Compo


John Dofflemyer



Dave Kelly



Luke and Red Shuttleworth



The Struggle is published in a limited (60 copies) edition by Bunchgrass Press.  Copies are briefly available from participating poets.

Friday, March 24, 2017

BROWN'S MULE: A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook




Brown's Mule

Poems

Red Shuttleworth


Brown's Mule, a three-poem chapbook by Red Shuttleworth, is published by Bunchgrass Press in a limited edition.  The presented poems are:

Brown's Mule

Aggregate

The Lighthearted Years Were....

Red Shuttleworth


Red Shuttleworth is a three-time Western Writers of America Spur Award winner for poetry.  He received the 2016 Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Outstanding Poetry for Woe to the Land Shadowing.


Brown's Mule is a tobacco product for the foolhardy, for those traveling on bravado, for hillbillies and for the sons of hillbillies. Red Shuttleworth qualified for Brown's Mule by the time he turned fourteen.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg and Ultimate Greed



Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook... the Caligula
of the 21st Century

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, voyeur and ad-selling greed-head, is the kind of guy who shows up uninvited at parties, the sort who locates his host's family albums and wipes his boogers on family pictures.

Greed?  It would not be surprising if Mark Zuckerberg sold ad space on his children's skin.

Facebook is a communications company and should be regulated by the FCC.

Facebook apparently dodges taxes.  The IRS should audit Facebook and also audit Zuckerberg.




LAST NIGHT'S COYOTES: A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook





Last Night's Coyotes

Poems

Red Shuttleworth


Last Night's Coyotes, a nine poem chapbook by Red Shuttleworth, is published by Bunchgrass Press in a limited edition.  The presented poems are:

Hawk Season Notebook #74

And Gladness

Denim on Cotton

Hawk Season Notebook #188

Play the Cards Dealt

Hawk Season Notebook #214

Hawk Season Notebook #324

Hawk Season Notebook #371

Last Night's Coyotes



Red Shuttleworth



Red Shuttleworth, a three-time Western Writers of America Spur Award recipient for poetry, received the 2016 Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Outstanding Poetry Book for Woe to the Land Shadowing.


Named by True West magazine in 2007 as "Best Living Western Poet," in the last half-century Red Shuttleworth has published poetry, fiction, drama, literary criticism, and ephemeral prose in such journals as Alaska Quarterly Review, Artforum, Foreign Affairs, Ontario Review, Poetry Now, Prairie Schooner, Roundup, San Pedro River Review, South Dakota Review, Southwest Review, and Zone 3.

Red Shuttleworth
(photo by Steve Rimple)




Red Shuttleworth's new book-length poetry collection is Straight Ahead (Blue Horse Press, 2017), available on Amazon.





Wednesday, March 8, 2017

NOTEBOOK POEMS, A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook





Notebook Poems

Red Shuttleworth



Red Shuttleworth's Notebook Poems, a Bunchgrass Press (limited edition) chapbook, presents eleven poems:

Hawk Season Notebook #140

Hawk Season Notebook #215

Hawk Season Notebook #234

Border Town Exchange Rate

Backward Time Instinct

Peek-a-Boo

Three-Minute Art House Film

It Is Getting Dark

Mark Rothko's Birthday (Sept. 25)

Hawk Season Notebook #367

Real Time



Red Shuttleworth's Woe to the Land Shadowing (Blue Horse Press)
received the 2016 Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Poetry Book.  
Woe to the Land Shadowing is available on Amazon.



Shuttleworth is a three-time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Poetry.  In 2007 True West magazine named Shuttleworth "Best Living Western Poet."  


Shuttleworth's latest book length collection of poetry is Straight Ahead (Blue Horse Press), and it, too, is available on Amazon:


Red Shuttleworth is the author of over 50 widely presented plays.  His most recent play, Tumbledown, will soon receive a staged reading at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California:



Red Shuttleworth


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

THE VISIT, A Red Shuttleworth Chapbook





The Visit

a prose poem chapbook

Red Shuttleworth


The Visit is a prose poem adapted from Red Shuttleworth's in-progress Hawk Season Notebook #95.  It is published as a limited edition chapbook by Bunchgrass Press.

In 1950, Red's maternal grandfather, Serge Odnovalenko, brought him along on a visit to a man who had been a colonel in the White Army in Russia after the Revolution.  That long ago San Francisco morning, as reflected by dreams and flawed memory, is the basis for the prose poem / short-short story contained in the chapbook, The Visit

Serge Odnovalenko
1901-1992

Saturday, February 25, 2017

GOING OUT, A Bunchgrass Press Chapbook Anthology





Going Out

A Bunchgrass Press Chapbook Anthology
to Greet Spring 2017


Tobi Alfier



Bridget Clawson



Barbara Brinson Curiel



John Dofflemyer



Dave Kelly



Red Shuttleworth



Going Out is  published in a limited (60 copies) edition by Bunchgrass Press.  Copies are only available from participating poets.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

GARDENING: BAYSIDE, CALIFORNIA, A Barbara Brinson Curiel Chapbook





Gardening: Bayside, California

a one poem chapbook

Barbara Brinson Curiel


Bunchgrass Press is pleased to publish Barbara Brinson Curiel's one poem chapbook, Gardening: Bayside, California, in a limited edition.


Barbara Brinson Curiel, a Professor of English
at Humboldt State University,
has published poetry widely.
She received the 2012 Philip Levine Prize
for Mexican Jenny and Other Poems.

Friday, February 17, 2017

LONELIEST ROAD, A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook





Loneliest Road

Poems

Red Shuttleworth



Red Shuttleworth's Loneliest Road, a Bunchgrass Press (limited edition) chapbook, presents seven poems:

Astonishments

Hawk Season Notebook # 61

Hawk Season Notebook #113

Hawk Season Notebook # 144

Hawk Season Notebook # 223

Hawk Season Notebook # 248

Loneliest Road



Red Shuttleworth's Woe to the Land Shadowing (Blue Horse Press) received the 2016 Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Poetry Book.  Shuttleworth is a three-time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Poetry.  In 2007 True West magazine named Shuttleworth "Best Living Western Poet."



Red Shuttleworth


Red Shuttleworth's latest poetry book, Straight Ahead (Blue Horse Press), is available on Amazon.



Friday, February 10, 2017

AMBITION, A Red Shuttleworth Chapbook




Ambition

Five Short Poems

Red Shuttleworth


Red Shuttleworth's Ambition, a Bunchgrass Press (limited edition) chapbook, presents five short poems from Shuttleworth's Hawk Season Notebook, a 2016 project:

Cage Door

Trophy Thunderheads to the West

Wayside

Ambition

Gravel Road Rattle

Red Shuttleworth


Red Shuttleworth's Woe to the Land Shadowing (Blue Horse Press) received the 2016 Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Poetry Book.  He is a three-time winner of Western Writers of America's Spur Award for Poetry.  In 2007 True West magazine named him "Best Living Western Poet."



Red Shuttleworth's latest poetry book, Straight Ahead (Blue Horse Press), is available on Amazon.