By Conrad Hilberry
After-Music is a various and wealthy number of meditations on either the private and common. one of many interesting locations, humans, and occasions that Hilberry brings to lifestyles in those poems are gazing manatees in a Florida canal, a reluctant priest blessing the animals in Mexico, a rushed and sullen checkout lady within the grocery store, and Day of the useless skeletons that shape a mariachi band. even though a few of the poems are formal in sonnets, quatrains, and tetrameter lots of the poems are loose verse, making them available and relaxing studying.
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I could suggest a ritual: whenever a hand goes straight, they might think of me, the unbent iron. They might take off their hats. No chance. I’m dust and ashes. Rust. If I could find my heart I’d pierce it, run it through. 37 38 Clue Toffee with tooth marks, the petal of hibiscus that never blooms this far north, a scrap of toenail, those are my cousins. I’m the left-handed slash here on your kitchen door, the stroke that missed, before you sank the knife and caught your breath there at the sink, your blouse splattered with good riddance.
You smell my feet? I pour my sweet grease out the kitchen door, My frying pan, I dump it out the door. There goes my fat, I won’t come back for more. The cognac crowd, they hire a limousine, The crowd prefers the long black limousine. I flag the Amtrak, take the 9:15. My woman loves her Tropicana juice, Lots of pulp, my woman loves her juice. Come on back here, we’ll drink in the caboose. One year was lucky—summer finally came, A job, a neighborhood, a little fame. The black car lurked and purred there, just the same.
Evolution has its say, I guess. I forgive you that. I know we’re different species, but I can’t resist. I keep offering my open face, my nightly whisper 47 48 by your unshaved cheek. No luck. That woman slips under your sheet, and I ache here on the windowsill. I know I should hunt out a mate of my own kind— your shaver, maybe. I can’t do it. I’m cursed with an unnatural affection. R u n o ff Hopeless weekends dripping from the sky, notarized lies, winged seeds, the arm and eyelid of a doll—all this is me, sloshing, taking my time— bones of the banker rolled in a green wind.
After-music: Poems by Conrad Hilberry