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Bob Heman

INFORMATION

Has big ears to hear with and big eyes to see with and a mouth that is always sewn shut. Has hands that must be replaced before he can climb the ladder. Has other organs he will never know how to use.



INFORMATION

Tastes the clothing of each animal. Tastes the wounds the flowers made. Tastes the automobile and the clock and the house that was left open. Tastes the body of the soldier.



INFORMATION

The bears have a different kind of imagination. It does not include geography or french or spanking. When they meet another bear they only talk about food. They cannot think of anything else.



INFORMATION

Those who enter are not the same as those who leave. The duck and the chicken and the walrus occupy the same space in her mind. She picks up the hat and puts it in a different place on the table. She has not yet found the language to describe what she does.



INFORMATION

This is how the words go: a cauliflower and a baby and a room full of bacon. When the car was opened it was full of animals. When the tree was closed they were able to carry it away.



INFORMATION

Sometimes there was smoke that covered the moon. The trees became afraid and the bears hid in the river. Sometimes the man left in the house became restless and called out to the women who were his keepers, but they were in the yellow car, far way.



INFORMATION

The parable of the fox and the belly dancer. The parable of the bears who wore sneakers. The parable of the moon that never grew smaller. The parable of the tiles that continued under the door.



INFORMATION

There are always bears. There is always a tree where the light changes. There is always a car made of rubber. And a woman who thinks she must hide. There is always a word to describe these things but it is never used.



INFORMATION

If a door is required they improvise. If a window is required they draw it on. If a woman is required they try to find one.



INFORMATION

Resembles what seems to resemble. Is different from what is different. Has pigs that are too heavy to lift. Has a man who is too hungry and a woman who must punish him more than once.



INFORMATION

There are women who attract trees and bears that attract houses. There are lights that repel the clouds and roads that torment the bees. Sometimes there is a car that stops, then stops again.



INFORMATION

Their language contained no bears. There were rows of cars and rows of trees and rows of mushrooms and rows of bees. The women removed something (no one could see what) and carried it into the house where the water waited.



Bob Heman edits CLWN WR. His “Information" pieces have appeared in many publications including Caliban online, Sentence, Otoliths, Right Hand Pointing, Mad Hatters' Review, Ditch, Fell Swoop, and Clockwise Cat, and are included in the 2009 anthology, An Introduction to the Prose Poem, published by Firewheel Editions. Two collections of his earlier prose poems are available as free downloads from Quale Press.
 
 
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