"Lift Off 10 : bite-size" and "Lift Off 17 : our own stunned heads"

Lift Off 10 : bite-size

                       (after Olson)

 

Was it gurry

or offal?

 

 

A bird at sea,

surely

 

 

Gulls all over the

edges of my

childhood

 

 

Never expected

to be one

 

 

The scraps she

throws me

the innards

of a bruised

woman

 

 

A Borderliner

doesn’t have

a clue what

she’s hurling

 

 

It’s always

too big for

bite-size

 

 

And it’s always

filled with a

jelly of raw

hurt

 


 

Lift Off 17 : our own stunned heads

 

This bird was

blindsided

in a cartoon

sky

 

 

Feathers blown

out in all

directions

floating

ground-

ward

 

 

Like a rain

of fluffy

mass

abandon

 

 

And then

fine

white

snow

fall

 

 

On the

tops of

all

creation

 

 

Especially

on our

own

stunned

heads

 

 

Stephen Bett has had eighteen books of poetry published, most recently Un/Wired (BlazeVOX Books, 2016); The Gross & Fine Geography: New & Selected Poems (Salmon Poetry, 2015); Those Godawful Streets of man: a book of raw wire in the city (BlazeVOX Books, 2014); Journal for Breathing Arizona (Ekstasis Editions, 2014); Penny-Ante Poems (Ekstasis Editions, 2013); Sound Off: a book of jazz (Thistledown Press, 2013); Re-Positioning (Ekstasis Editions, 2011); Track This: a book of relationship (BlazeVOX Books, 2010).

His work has also appeared in well over 100 literary journals in Canada, the U.S., England, Australia, New Zealand, and Finland, as well as in four anthologies, and on radio. His “personal papers” have been purchased by the Simon Fraser University Library, and are, on an ongoing basis, being archived in their “Contemporary Literature Collection.”

 

Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 23:27