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Thomas Fink


ALL THE TENNIS IN TENNESSEE (HAY(NA)KU/BOX)



Incontinent
sports heave
or slam racquets.
Nothing
will fix
them. When I
took
off my
cover today, two
strings
were fusili.
Blame hurries—fast

as text messaging. Weathered frames of second
hand instruments
can’t hold the
tuning. Chaotic
weather, incessant
pounding of balls
against the sweet
spot: whose  thin gut can hack it forever? The

cop
comprehends; my
people won’t. Even
if
I swear
by all the
tennis
in Tennessee.
& you, Sport:
any
playable loaner
behind that desk?


—For Joe Fink, in memory



HOW MUCH MONEY DO I



have? That’s what I thought
I had

when we
started. That money that you
think you have—I couldn’t

find it
anywhere. I
want to know where the
money is. He made a

lot of
money once.
Evidently, money is not any
problem. He doesn’t need it,
but he

wants to
use it. I spend very
little, and that’s what makes
it good
for me.
But I’ve got more than

that. They’re all coming due.
What do
we do—
take our money out? Mine
may be going up, too.
Then why
don’t we

claim it? I was thinking
of buying two, three as
he was
talking. I’m
spending the whole thing, because
I really don’t do that

much, and
it’s well
worth the money. I don’t
like her to be so
poor. She

owes her
family a lot of money.
She’ll get some—more than
she expected.

Give her
some. I don’t know how
much it’s gonna cost me.

How much
is it

worth?



ODD DITTIES, TAR ERRATA



Crazy how little moisture we’ve had. Joyless
hum(or). Canyon burp. Kielbasa cravat. Bearded
gate. Sylph bar with shark

gut upholstery. Grass skirt
affair: faux trot

on

callused lap. Dog
gives you treat. Potable

cake. Impersonally preferred. Putrid gem.
Jet bum. Immaculate ejaculate. A wonderful
poison. Saint? Ain’t. Defective—shocking our hands.



Thomas Fink is the author of seven books of poetry, including the forthcoming Peace Conference (Marsh Hawk Press, May, 2011) and a book of collaborative poetry with Maya Diablo Mason, Autopsy Turvy (Meritage Press, 2010). His work appears in The Best American Poetry 2007 (Scribner’s). A Different Sense of Power (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2001) is his most recent book of criticism, and in 2007, he co-edited “Burning Interiors”: David Shapiro’s Poetry and Poetics. Fink’s paintings hang in various collections.
 
 
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