CW Books, 2010



From Barney and Gienka



Garden and House


In June, Gienka’s black tulips have already come and gone:

time now for irises and the first inkling of roses.

Tomatoes go in on the sunny side of the half-dead oak,

tied to bamboo stakes with her old nylon stockings.

On the Fourth, tiger lilies will appear: spotted orange flags.


Our house isn’t much to look at: gray, ant-

infested, peeling. Inside, wallpaper is brown-

edged and lace curtains burn in the light they capture.

Above the parlor sofa the Redeemer exposes a heart

that Barney once said couldn’t pump blood on a bet.