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Vernon Frazer


Returning Oddity


under
the penumbral glimmer

     the mysteries assume 
voltage cries mystic exit polish

      when
               surface holsters
                                         break

          the simmer from the holding strain

                       *

the rocks between 
hold the current crashing 

         tunnel pores
where returning legends

     somewhere 
                        home
                                  plunder 

the crevices offered as price
before the crisis can preface 

     rebuking the crux with a muttered epithet

                       *

electric cleavage 
leaves the mythical anomic 

       as the charge 
       settles with returning absence


to a presence
                      forgotten till grayed 

        simmering desire

a toupee turned feathered
as old tales told
                          of iron fists at sea



Solo Cocktail at the Party


barrier olive
wet with its own pretense
                   rides
                   a tangential differential
   
      a rim
               of ocean
                              a lip
                                      of caffeine
             
          lateral damage col-
          lectured rampaging
          change of attitudes

talk pays itself a boaster’s wage

                     *

     pay is cheap
     in the rural latitudes

where spherical ointments persevere
longitude making its cross-statement

       into the pit
                         faces its
                                       dereliction

          a dutiful plummet
          to the bottom line
         short on money to

                      ride the lift back

from a social well
-being all wet but

       empty water
                      over salt 
                                its best sip


 
If Not by Land


a desert
lost across the prairie of words
              palabraic intent

launches a cross-bow safari

continental returns adrift
the seaport uplifts an empty

             semaphore

                                  lighthouse
returns
       
            the darkness 
                                  an upgrade 
                 assuaging

                        fainted lighting fixation

     an alabaster taunt
     making a dry run wet
     as a colonic fuselage

               intersections blooming
               cross routes on disconnect



 
 
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