Larry Levis Black Poems

  • 1.
    The plaza was so still in that moment two years ago that
    everything was clear,
    As if it had been preserved beneath a kind of lacquered
    stillness, &, for a while,
  • 2.
    One was a bay cowhorse from Piedra & the other was a washed out palomino
    And both stood at the rail of the corral & both went on aging
    In each effortless tail swish, the flies rising, then congregating again

  • 3.
    No matter how hard I listen, the wind speaks
    One syllable, which has no comfort in it--
    Only a rasping of air through the dead elm.

  • 4.
    My father once broke a man's hand
    Over the exhaust pipe of a John Deere tractor. The man,
    Ruben Vasquez, wanted to kill his own father
    With a sharpened fruit knife, & he held
  • 5.
    Now that the Summer of Love has become the moss of tunnels
    And the shadowy mouths of tunnels & all the tunnels lead into the city,

    I'm going to put the one largely forgotten, swaying figure of Ediesto Huerta
  • 6.
    All winter
    The trees held up their silent hives
    As if they mattered.
    But on one main street of bars and lights,
  • 7.
    My youth? I hear it mostly in the long, volleying
    Echoes of billiards in the pool hall where
    I spent it all, extravagantly, believing
    My delicate touch on a cue would last for years.
  • 8.
    At Wilshire & Santa Monica I saw an opossum
    Trying to cross the street. It was late, the street
    Was brightly lit, the opossum would take
    A few steps forward, then back away from the breath
Total 8 Black Poems by Larry Levis

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