Dr. Su just took out another group of stitches.
Path report OK.
haven’t seen you since we were teens
in the Michigan sun.
Not going to get out Rachmaninoff
that was your gig—
but had Harrison’s GIVE ME LOVE
going in the car today.
Replayed over and over the start,
the up-strum of the acoustic guitar that begins the song,
electric guitar and bass coming in soon,
the long long note held on the word
Jerry Wu study this one.
The bass trails off—
all those years Harrison heard McCartney play bass
seeped into his music.
Moved the African violet out of the south sun,
it’s bloomed again, dark pink.
trying to arrange a hook-up—
Right now, he asks?
Yeah, new ideas.)
Use my thumbnail to peel bark
from the Catlin elm—
Good to have more stitches out,
long hot shower.
I’m approaching 200 stitches in my career
since going down the ice hill we made
opening a fire hydrant
in Drayton Plains, Michigan.
We were lectured by a fireman
who was quite hot.
When the road man
was moving the steamroller over the new asphalt
Bill threw a frog in front of it
which was run over and impressed quite attractively into the new road.
He got off his steamroller
to lecture us about cruelty—
I didn’t do it!
The builders who drained our swamps
killed many more animals,
and they weren’t 10-year-olds.
Their bulldozers put fill-dirt over the frogs,
salamanders, and turtles.
my view a Pasadena alley,
the 210 freeway whooshing in the distance
like surf breaking on rock
in Trinidad, California.
Bernie lectured me
about over-identifying with gays.
Bernie is straight.
Thought driving to Dr. Su this morning
your Rachmaninoff, opera, museum, New York
classic gay stereotypes.
About the author
Craig Cotter was born in 1960 in New York and has lived in California since 1986. His poems have appeared in many print and…Read the full bio
Issue 24 · Autumn 2021
Table of contents
- Two Poems by Nick Conrad
- Three Poems by Dinah Ryan
- Two Poems by Daisy Bassen
- Three Poems by Carl Boon
- Two Poems by Patricia Behrens
- Upon Entering the Unknown University
- Two Poems by Christine Potter
- Earthly Possessions
- The Overflowing Suitcase on a Bus Stop Bench
- Two Poems by Nathaniel Calhoun
- Blessing of the Animals
- Why Honey Matters
- Two Poems by Rimas Uzgiris
- Missing Buses
- The Trek
- Red Coat
- Watching a Late Autumn Thunderstorm
- Two Poems by Rick Mullin
- ON O’HARA’S BIRTHDAY
- I Travel Back in Time
- Postcard Prose