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Phoenix

I feel the weight of your arm,
resting on my belly.
You are sound asleep.
Your breath comes in and goes
out
Like the ocean
Like laundry in a washing
machine.
You are my phoenix, waiting to
be reborn—
My sleeping dragon,
And I
Am your pile of ashes,
Your hoard of gold.
..
..

–from Keeping Records, © 2007 by Colette Mazunik.  ISBN: 978-0-557-21108-1

Until 8/15/2010, you can receive 15% off this title at Lulu with coupon code BEACHREAD305.

Coke-commercial man

He had
The elegance
Of self-rolled cigarettes
The skin-thin paper
Twisted at the end
Played the guitar—
Of course
Played in a sort of off-hand way
Casual
So casual
Ah, he was my Coke-commercial man
Selling music on the road
Road tripping America
On weed and wheels
Windows open
Sweating in the dusty wind
Blue cotton collared shirt
Flapping
White clouds
Cigarettes
Blue sun
Sky
..
..

–from Keeping Records, © 2007 by Colette Mazunik.  ISBN: 978-0-557-21108-1

Until 8/15/2010, you can receive 15% off this title at Lulu with coupon code BEACHREAD305.

Tumbleweed

i.
Dusty traveler
Blown in with the spring air
Through open windows
..
My heart embraces only those
Who leave
..
ii.
My tumbleweed—
For a moment
You’re blown back home
I wash your dusty feet
Memorizing calluses
And we split a pint of Rocky Road
Talk of nothing
Listening to the sound of our voices
mixing with the radio
..
I remember watching you fall
onto the bed, asleep.
And then there are only
The sounds of morning,
Wrinkled sheets,
And the left-behind smell of your shampoo
..
..

–from Keeping Records, © 2007 by Colette Mazunik.  ISBN: 978-0-557-21108-1

Until 8/15/2010, you can receive 15% off this title at Lulu with coupon code BEACHREAD305.

Flowers came

Flowers came
Today.
..
They weren’t
From you.
..
I spent my evening
Crushing petals
Gradually.
..
..

–from Keeping Records, © 2007 by Colette Mazunik.  ISBN: 978-0-557-21108-1

Until 8/15/2010, you can receive 15% off this title at Lulu with coupon code BEACHREAD305.

Artichoke Hearts

I eat artichoke hearts
And think of you
Bite cleanly through the marinated flesh
Light olive green
And layered
Like the little nesting Russian dolls
That swallow their younger siblings
Doll in doll in doll
..
I bite
and slowly chew
Imagine it’s your heart
I’m growing fat on
You
I’m nesting inside me
Brooding over you
Until you hatch
..
And I imagine you
Sending me
Not roses but
These green vegetables.

..

–from Keeping Records, © 2007 by Colette Mazunik.  ISBN: 978-0-557-21108-1

Until 8/15/2010, you can receive 15% off this title at Lulu with coupon code BEACHREAD305.


Love is Patient

Love is patient.
I, however, live in New York.
And when I stand in line
at the Duane Reade
waiting for the one cashier,
who plods through her tasks
with glacial ineptitude,
there is a gnashing of teeth
(mine),
and heavy sighing (also mine),
as I imagine writing a scathing
letter to the management,
pointing out, in carefully chosen words,
the folly of a strategy
that places only one incompetent cashier
at the front,
while minions of idle clerks
wander the purgatory of aisles
in vague oblivion.
..

–from Keeping Records, © 2007 by Colette Mazunik.  ISBN: 978-0-557-21108-1

Until 8/15/2010, you can receive 15% off this title at Lulu with coupon code BEACHREAD305.

My very own ISBN

I’m now the proud owner of my very own ISBN for my book of poetry Keeping Records.  And in just a few more weeks, the book should be available for sale on Amazon.

In celebration of these steps, I thought I’d post some of the poems from this collection, starting with the title poem.

Until 8/15/2010, you can receive 15% off this title at Lulu with coupon code BEACHREAD305.

Keeping Records

Love keeps no record of wrongs,
But it sure as heck
keeps records of Billie Holiday
and Nat King Cole,
Tony Bennett
and Doc Severinsen’s orchestra
playing “A Night in Tunisia”
with Dizzy wailing way up high.

Love keeps records
of Al Hirt
and Frank Sinatra,
who’s telling me Nice & Easy does it,
Fools Rush In, &
Try a Little Tenderness,

in tattered album
jackets,
waiting,
to give their grooves
to the needle.

–from Keeping Records, © 2007 by Colette Mazunik.  ISBN: 978-0-557-21108-1

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