A man tunes his balalaika in The Ramble because the photosphere bleeds through the stratosphere
a harmonic spectrum of green encompassing.
You trumpet lonesomeness in a new yellow dress.
One long low slow bright note, your genius is the inscape of extravagance.
With your eye open wide you take in the entire world, release barely a sigh.
I listen. I stand and I listen.
Could this be breath? Is this how it begins?
The imagination of the contemporary spends most of the day online surfing an avalanche of images and watching a little bit of tv
It loves mystery theater
When asked to name a sexy mystery it googles “why eyes are windows for the soul”
When asked to consider the soul it screen captures a virtual diamond
The automobile imagines a shiny desolation Equal parts Marinetti and Mad Max War and heavy metal thunder
Automobiles burn dinosaurs for fuel
If they could burn forests If they could burn people
The automobile imagines this as it burns another hole in the sky
To see inside the imagination of the swift is to ride upon a blade of light
The swift’s imagination traces sonic parallelograms It parties with the atmosphere
To see inside the imagination of the swift is to slice sky from the sky
The blackberries never imagined one day they would ride into Brooklyn snug in the backseat of a smokin’ yellow Trans-Am
The Garden Gnome
The Garden Gnome’s imagination wanders through fern grottoes
over carpets of moss and beds of ivy
in search of the lost paradise of the Home Depot
The imagination of the city suffers from insomnia
It cannot stop the visions
The streets are a web of barbed confetti The parks are no place to lose oneself
On the first day of creation before the oceans unfolded from the skies the void looked into itself and imagined
It imagined motion the distance between two points on a line and fireworks
Invisible fireworks soon appeared in eyes opening everywhere
Jean-Paul Pecqueur’s first book was The Case Against Happiness. The chapbook To Embrace Sea Monsters was recently published by Greying Ghost Press. In summer 2015 Forklift, Ohio will publish The Imaginations, the volume from which the above poems were selected. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Jean-Paul currently teaches creative writing to fine arts students at the Pratt Institute and lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.