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Bob Heman


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There was no door. There were no bicycles. There were three bears.


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Believes what the bed said.


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They are guests at the wedding of reality and imagination. They drive cars that are only made of words. The distance is measured with frogs or trees or sound. What they can approach is only what was left behind.


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How the door worked depended on how it was described. How the windows were counted depended on which direction they faced.


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For instance, the man is sometimes a diagram, and the car a map beneath the animals. What is spoken can be stretched to fit between any tree.


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Only the bears had wheels. Only the trees had wings. Only the horses were repeated. The lines still had to be counted each time to make it work.


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Has a door that cannot be taken away. Each side is different but never different enough.


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They arrive at a place that is no longer a place. The maps don’t remember what once was there. There is only a man walking where it is no longer possible to walk. There is only a woman who cannot be repaired.


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They arranged the windows in a line, the doors in a circle, the rocks in the shape of a bear. They repeated the trains whenever there was room. The light was shaped differently each time.


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They used words to create a cave, to build a tree, to carve a home out of the sky. The ocean filled what was left. Sometimes there was a phrase they could say to change what was happening.


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They forgot the language they were taught when the cat was something new.


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The door was spilled before it could be put away.




Bob Heman's words and images have been collected in a number of anthologies, catalogues and textbooks including An Introduction to the Prose Poem (Firewheel Editions, 2009); The Best of the Prose Poem: An International Journal (White Pine Press, 2000); Scenarios: Scripts to Perform (Assembling Press, 1980); Writing Poetry (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983, 1994); Loose Watch: A Lost and Found Times Anthology (Invisible Books, 1998); Animalidiversi: antologia di poesie contemporanee sugli animali (Nomos Edizioni, 2011); Felmetztelen muzsa, Half-naked Muse (magyar konyvklub, 2000); Dinner with the Muse (Ra Rays Press, 2009); and Play Book (Prototypes, 2007).
 
 
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