Patrick Sweeney

Some Short Form Poems

she says I'm alone in wanting to bite the hump of a bullock

must remember to tell her Stravinsky stood on his head

secretly wishing the orangutan had stuffed Dupin up the chimney 

two brush strokes and there's a crow in a blizzard 

showing up with a red wig and a single line manifesto

when it is all said and done, we can blame it on the left-handed amino acids

facing the fact that the ailanthus doesn't need me anymore

they're in there, he told the cops, and went back to reading The Brothers Karamazov

the e's are not missing from Georges Perec's name

Patrick Sweeney is a writer of short form poetry and devotee of the public library.
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Blogger John said...

Marvelous group!

John Levy

9:12 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Thanks John,

I appreciate your kind words.


6:24 AM  
Blogger Jack Galmitz said...

Bravo, Patrick. These are magnificent monostich poems.
What a delight that you bring in so well the lyrical self into such a short verse form.
I mean the self-consciousness of you and your wife- she's right, you know, not to many have a desire to bit the hump of a bullock.
But, I love how you proceed and "prove" yourself by pointing out a truth few know: Stravinsky did do headstands and well, if you eat humps, that's not so different is it?
I marvel that you find such a fluent and fun way to broaden the poems through allusions, something so few do with this form of poetry. And to move so deftly from Dostoevsky, to Poe, and Perec is just wonderful.
And you include the allusions with a knowledge of the author's works and psychology. It's just wonderful.
Your humor is so valued by me: the quirky one line manifesto proclaimed in a red wig: and finding the fault in the gauche handed DNA.
Thanks so much for these. I'm very glad I got to know you even if in a small degree.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Galmitz san,

I'm overwhelmed. And so, so grateful.


10:06 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Galmitz san,

Thanks for your close reading. You are a reader who needs no footnotes.
So grateful.


11:49 AM  
Blogger Vijay Prasad said...

They just are .....

10:55 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Thanks Vijay san, that was the feeling I got writing them.


7:07 AM  

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