City Without a Name

Moon jelly in the sea noodle

Shimmer of flying fish  morning

Laughs to itself  the sky has landed

Along the beach  water dripping off its hair

Sometimes the world might

Come in a little ahead of the game

Today it looks like it was going to rain

Airwaves change a seagull into a musket ball

The lovely girl I’m too old & fat for

Sets her halo down

Next to her umbrella

It must get mighty rainy in heaven

& there’s still a star in the sky

A little pinkish around the edges

Gotta change this reality

Hold onto life by its tables & chairs

Typhoon voices too loud to be heard

Words bouncing around in the back of my mind

Rainfall rattles the windowshades

The wind seems laboring

Up a long flight of stairs

A car horn honks my name

The cannonade of an endless heart

A new window has opened

Spider webs are forming

The ceiling is falling

The Eiffel tower in miniature

Infrared balloon bubbling

Between the starfish high

In the mountains

& what only time will tell

The world loves itself in a special way

A man doesn’t have to worry about

The sunlight on how it is.  The shadow

Of the door swung its shadow.  She kind of

Knew something was going to happen

It was a ruby chandelier shot thru a wineglass

Falling back into empty spaces

Handwriting too indecipherable

To remain undecoded

A book too complicated

To remain unfinished

Bricks ripped away

In the underground restaurant

To make it seem more rustic

There is a solidity

Even in dreams

With its last breath the mountain

Yodels down the ravine

Nothing but rock formations

Shaped like cathedral spires.



by Kurt Cline

Kurt Cline is Associate Professor of English and World Comparative Literature, National Taipei University of Technology.  His full-length book of poetry, Voyage the Sun, was published by Boston Poet Press in 2008.  Poems and stories have appeared, most recently, in BlazeVOX, Danse Macabre, Shotglass Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, HuesoLoco, Apocrypha and Abstractions, Black Scat, and Clockwise Cat.  Scholarly articles have appeared in Anthropology of Consciousness; Concentric, Beatdom Literary Journal; and Comparative Civilizations and Cultures.

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