Can you relax in my house
An isolate, protracted surrealism attaches languidly to objects, animals, and emotion in Michael E. Craig's poems of semi-rural outlandishness. Profundity takes its rightful place in the shallow arena: "You can't step out of your tragedy, it wouldn't be a tragedy./ Neither can I./ Together we walk/ and think thoughts in a cornfield. . . ./ A thing cries out from the interior of corn." The reader is embroiled in textural exposition, encountering dark recessions of realism against the relief of interior truth: "Today you strike me as needing something./ So take my ten-thousand-pound typewriter . . . / . . . For here is an older,/ other world, taking almost forty sheep to make one sock./ A serious mist fills my eye. You/ have made me cry." Winsome, ominous vapors arise from the combustion of "dreamish, autobiographical thoughts" with their counterpart, the cosmic laughter provoked by close observation. "A man had been out walking with a very long cigar./ As he passed by me, closely, I could see it/ was actually an eight-inch-long ash/ that he had, perched beautifully between his/ fingers. And that he had passed away./ And that his eyes were gone from his head."
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Alberta Prize ANNA MARIA LENNGREN archaeologists BARBITURATES bearded woman Belgium birds blinked blows blue BRUTE MYSTIC cigar cigarette CONSTELLATION courtyard DIRTY LITTLE WAX dollhouse dreamish Edmond Ewen eyepiece Fence Modern Poets floated grass harbor head HITS THE PIONEER HOSANNA interior of Corn James cracks kitten Lamp laugh LITTLE WAX BABY looked Massachusetts meadow MICHAEL EARL CRAIG milk shake Montana morning nightingale odd word peopler One's Toolbelt OSAKA paint flake fell PATIENT SPADEFOOT TORPOR pause peacekeeper PERSONAL HELP LIBRARY pinwheel PIONEER VALLEY plate POEM FOR KATIE pulled quietly rain river saturnalia books serious mist fills shoes slowly smell smoke snap sock Someone spider SPRINGTIME HITS Stan and Marty staring stepped sweater taking almost forty ten-thousand-pound typewriter thing cries THOUGHT BUBBLE threw Today you strike Toolbelt at Six trainyard tugboat twigs UTRICLE waitress walked Wipe the snowflake yellow young blonde girl