Broadside #31 – (Summer 2013 / 13.14)

Broadside #31 (Summer 2013 / 13.14)

Karen Douglass

Image of an old hearse by Douglass

Image of an old hearse by Douglass


Words lounge on the corner
             looking for an idea
             to cruise by and offer
             them a lift to the fun house,

a gang of words escaped
             from hacks wearing
             hot pink gloves.

A premise pulls to the curb
             in an antique hearse
             open to the weather.
             Clouds and thunder

crack the brain box—
             rioting banshees run
             loose in the world,

angel tongues play
             saxophone, tuba mourns
             trumpets hang
             tinsel on the light poles.

Rain and remorse overcome
             the travelers. The plot line
             snaps. The moon
             is raw dough
             from a cold oven.

Enter a ragged man
who reeks of gasoline.


color headshotAuthor’s commentary: Writing this poem was just plain fun. Language is so crazy, so hard to control, that I tried to imagine words as characters, since characters are often made of words. The photo reflects the sense I often have that my vehicle has lost a wheel and who knows what lurks at the bottom of the page.

Karen Douglass lives in Colorado with three dogs, one cat, and her family. You can visit her at KVD Books. Her books include Red Goddess Poems; Bones in the Chimney (fiction); Green Rider, Thinking Horse (non-fiction); Sostenuto, (prose poems) and The Great Hunger (poems). A new poetry chapbook, Two-Gun Lil, was published in 2012.

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