A selection of poems from FALL & ALL Book 2

Fall & All  copyright 2000, 2019 by Dave Roskos.

Book 2 (Take 2)


Some of the poems in Fall & All have been published in Arbella,

The Black Swan Review, Big Scream, Big Hammer, Casino Anthology, Home Planet News, The Home News Tribune, The Daily Observer, New Jersey Bowel & Bladder Control, Elephant, The Paterson Literary Review, Blue Collar Review,  Dionysus–The Journal of Literature and Addiction, LUMMOX, Without Halos, Working Hard for the Money  (Bottom Dog Press, Working Lives Series), in the 2016 CAT IN THE SUN PRESS edition of LYRICAL GRAIN, DOGGEREL CHAFF, & PEDESTRIAN PREOCCUPATIONS (LGDC&PP).

& online in POETS on the line , & Napalm Health Spa.

 

I’d like to thank the editors of these publications for
their commitment to small press publishing.


This is the 2019 print-on-demand second edition of this book.

Around 300 copies of a xeroxed/saddle-stapled 28 page chapbook were published in 2000. One poem from that edition has been omitted from this version; six poems from that time period (mid 90s to early 00s) have been added. One poem from 1986 (“Veterans”) is reprinted from my first chapbook The Energy of the Flesh (1989), to keep the laundromat poems together. “Early Morning Suicides” is from my fifth chapbook INTENSIVE CARE (Black Rabbit Press, 2010). A later version of early morning suicides appears in LGDC&PP as “a blessing & a curse.”  “These Tomatoes Have Life In Them” was written in 1983 & is reprinted from Without Halos #1.


The book review by Donald Lev, used here  as a forward, is reprinted from Home Planet News #48 (2002).

Long Live Donald Lev!


Iniquity Press/Vendetta Books
PO Box 906, Island Heights, NJ 08732-0906
iniquitypress(at)hotmail.com

 

This book is for Ayler.

the moon
is defunct
as an image
in poetry —

drained
of significance,

played.
oh moon,
swoon
in a spoon
at noon.

Moon!
full or
quartered.

Moon!
2 of them
cupped in my
wife’s brassiere

Moon!
melted down
& shot up
by junkies.

(rubber gloved
dishwashers
w/ moons
in their
hair nets)

Moon!
halved or in
eighths
like marijuana
weighed
& bagged
to be
sold.

Moon!
lamented
& lost,
& at what
cost?

the whole
of the sky.


(3/11/98)

broke open a moon
poured its milk
in the radiator
hundred dollars worth of gas
in two 50 gallon tanks
a cargo of constellations
we put it in drive & drove
over state lines
& across borders
gleefully giving
toll collectors
the last of our quarters
paying for groceries
w/ broadsides
of out-of-print
Maxwell Bodenheim
poems,
lecturing state troopers
on the significance
of Wm Carlos Williams,
the importance
of needle
exchange programs
in the schools,
discussions about addiction,
its treatment
as a disease
& decriminalization
of narcotics
&, therefore, addicts.
where to end a poem
like this,
and how.

1/1/99

ORIZABA!

I

the sea which
fed him his
livelihood
swallowed
him whole

foot caught
in the rigging
of the lobster
nets

overboard
like Hart Crane

ORIZABA!


II

Hart Crane
eaten by
sharks;

poem-circled.

scent of blood
& bone–

not very lyrical,
not much music
in it.


Cinquain for A New World


Of Love.
Spiritual U-
Nity. Nurture a Child’s
Heart & Mind, in ourselves & our
Children.


“Fall & All: Book 2” can be purchased on Amazon.