for Lee Crabtree

“Have a lot of folks over for dinner and walk” 
Thus spoke Gertrude Stein bellyaching about Manhood.

Fashionable windiness to gear sworn statements into hungry keys 
For the rush of flesh colored Lifetime to gargle

Paris 1920 was an airplane burning holes through coupons & premiums 
Which concealed great red underwear beneath radiance of disinfecting prose

Debts of consciousness that wore us down,
Turning rough drafts into phosphorescent booklets the silence recommends.

Experience giving tender evidence to ever widening instant 
Stood atop cranky gauntlet in most remote Farm Country