Paul Dickey

“The Hallucinogenic Toreador” (Dali, 1960-70)

He starRED as himself 
      in hIS sky. 
             THE pixels and frequencies
        of COLOR delineate space and perception.
   		          “Someone stole my dream 
            OF the world,” he once shouted. 
           THEre were 2 Salvadors, 
            	     and THEre were 2 Salvadors.
           MAsTurbation ADOReS himself.
                     MAsTer father Sigmund opens A mind’s DOoRS.
                                Until Dali was not sure which 
          CAPE was true or which
                     CAPE was his. 

In Japanese, there is no Verb for State-of-Being

the shadows of the animals,
the bears, foxes, and the wolves,
the ducks, the geese,
the low and high-flying birds in patterns

play within the fire
where we only throw our sticks
after a so careful and thoughtful whittling, 
but do not exist. 

Paul Dickey won the $5,000 2015 Master Poet award from the Nebraska Arts Council. His first full length poetry manuscript They Say This is How Death Came Into the World was published by Mayapple Press in January, 2011. Paul Dickey's poetry and flash have appeared in Verse Daily, Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, Southern Poetry Review, Potomac Review, Pleaides, 32Poems, Bellevue Literary Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among other online and print publications. A second book, Wires Over the Homeplace was published by Pinyon Publishing in October, 2013.

More info is available at the author's new website: https://pauldickey9.wix.com/paul-dickey
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