Robert Lietz

Over 700 of Robert Lietz‘s poems have appeared in more than one hundred journals in the U.S. and Canada, in Sweden and U.K, including Agni Review, Antioch Review, Carolina Quarterly, Epoch, The Georgia Review, Mid-American Review, The Missouri Review, The North American Review, The Ontario Review, Poetry, and Shenandoah. Seven collections of poems have been published, including Running in Place (L’Epervier Press,). At Park and East Division ( L’Epervier Press,) The Lindbergh Half-century (L’Epervier Press,) The Inheritance (Sandhills Press,) and Storm Service (Basfal Books). Basfal also published After Business in the West: New and Selected Poems. He has completed several print and hypertext (hypermedia) collections of poems for publication, including Character in the Works: Twentieth-Century Lives, West of Luna Pier, Spooking in the Ruins, Keeping Touch, and Eating Asiago & Drinking Beer.

from Eating Asiago & Drinking Beer


     The weekend was leaves and visitors
/ holiday sale ornaments      — loaf after loaf of stollen
to bag and freeze for Christmas.
And when they had gone      — yard-chores —
the bud-unions buried —
the rose-limbs caged and leafed around for winter —
and up on the ladders then —
with flurries ahead      — and twenty-six degrees
before the morning      — pulling
away the bird-limed wetter lower leaves
and sludge      — and the lighter
dry leaves      — resting
lightly over them.

     Then a second day of it indoors      — studying
the white script      and arrow-ancient tabs
where there were pictures      — were scenes she described —
stood in      / or served by her initials      — pictures
we’ll scan      — with no one alive who might remember —
except for her own dead hand      — naming
the day for us and making positions clear      — playing —
in ghostly script      — their play      — from
the first keen scores      — to scores
more keen and orchestra!

     And now that the company’s wished us well —
we’re bringing these lines
/ these photographs      and something more
to matter      — imagining
prayers and fears      — how the human flaws
reached out
and warmed themselves coincident      — picking
a phrase or clause —
speaking some names because we like the way
they sounded. Then
earlier to bed      — or ( maybe ) just a little longer
on the photos      — considering
the roads      — the kids like custom dreams
and explorations —
and the northern rooms      — as cold
as they had always
wanted      — where the children
played      — filling the hues
and day-drawn marks
left by the hoover.

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