the restoration of st. peters
the newest trend in rome, they write,
to improve historical buildings. make them
120,000 cubic metres of scaffolding
are hard to contradict.
newly painted, of scrubbd marble
, of ochre, green & red.
you make an argument for peace of mind.
you make an argument for something.
for continuity. an exterior decorators catalog
, what once was uniform, if dirty, colour.
the carcass of the old house after she moved
to the apartment. damp,
& rot. was the only one i knew who made
tomato soup w/
milk, the cloudy white stirrd in
slowly, continuous. uncle bob crushing premium plus
w/ his spoon. renovated the kitchen & the back after
husband died, his winter body brought in
after discovery in the snow, lay there cold
& stiff on the table
until the ambulence arrived, knowing
they neednt hurry. this much
is sure, is what
i know, how long
years can reach out thru, from
behind, & grab
at your neck like you were seven a second time,
scanning magazines in the wrong part
of another uncles house, black marks
over the parts of female anatomy you knew,
even then, were interesting.
is an Ottawa-based poet, editor, publisher, & a few other things. the author of over 3 dozen poetry chapbooks, his seventh trade collection is paper hotel (Broken Jaw Press).
the editor/publisher of above/ground press & STANZAS magazine (both nearing 10th anniversaries), he is also responsible for a number of other books, including evergreen: six new poets (Black Moss) & side/lines: a new canadian poetics (Insomniac Press). Greenboathouse published rob's chapbook a translation in 2002.
his clever website is located somewhere areound here.
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