Written with a Pencil Found in Lorine Niedecker’s Front Yard

By David Trinidad David Trinidad
Bewitched
    the boys were out
         in force

Drunken-
    ness and lust

—and full moon
bouncing back
         and forth that
black

above the bars

*

Last night
    it burned
          cigarette

tip
    thru old
         blanket

hole-punched
    gray paper
         sky

Tonight it
    outright
         blinded

One headlight
    or drive-in sci-fi
          eye

*

I’ve been
             alone
long enough

Even the moon
wears a ring

and is full

“Written with a Pencil Found in Lorine Niedecker’s Front Yard” from The Late Show (Turtle Point Press, 2007). © 2007 by David Trinidad. Used by permission of author.

Source: The Late Show (Turtle Point Press, 2007)

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Poet David Trinidad

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Poetry & Poets, Arts & Sciences

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David Trinidad is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Late Show (2007), Phoebe 2002: An Essay in Verse (2003), and Plasticville (2000), a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. He has received awards from The Fund for Poetry and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and his work has appeared in numerous periodicals and several anthologies, including Best American Poetry, The Outlaw Bible of American . . .

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POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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