M. KETTNER ant ant ant ant ant five

May 18, 2010 § 1 Comment

WRENCH IN A COFFEE CAN

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words

spent fuel

gum beneath counters

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dawn / a can of spilled paint

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after we part

a glove floats by

on the river

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fast moving clouds / picket fence missing a slat

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Secanol

Ping-Pong ball caught in a vacuum

parking tickets unpaid

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your hair drawn back / the sharp taste of radishes

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snow-covered fields

sound of a distant truck

changing gears

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scratchy throat / wrapper caught in a fan

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cavity

crow shadow

on snow

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the back of your neck

through the rain

a car’s horn

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autumn wind / sliding over empty table tops

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no one home

dust ball

base of a chair leg

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blocking the alley / a rusted water heater

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list growing

waves eating away the shore

pull-chain worn

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sitting on sandpaper

your hesitation

a hole in a plastic bag

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teeth just cleaned / new bake-ware

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Saturday rain

wrench in

a coffee can

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through cattails / a refinery

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one of those days

vacuum cleaner

in a vegetable garden

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black of moonless waters

two front teeth

missing

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biting her nails / coffee cold

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old puddle

in the sediment

dead worms

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winter’s endless rain / the scorched bottom of pans

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wind

blowing through the house

fingerprints on the mirror

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quiet afternoon

at home

full penny jar

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spring thaw / tarp pulled back

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overnight

in an unfamiliar city

slug in a vending machine

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dusk / the spray-painted traffic sign

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stark escarpment

heart a bag of rocks

ocean a distant pool table

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§ One Response to M. KETTNER ant ant ant ant ant five

  • john martone says:

    very gritty — very Kettner — very american (as in WCW) “through cattails / a refinery.” Reading them, I kept thinking Kette is deutsch for ‘chain’ and ketten = to bind with chain — the poems in their parts like links of a chain and that strong.

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