By Conrad Hilberry
After-Music is a diversified and wealthy selection of meditations on either the private and common. one of many fascinating locations, humans, and occasions that Hilberry brings to lifestyles in those poems are observing manatees in a Florida canal, a reluctant priest blessing the animals in Mexico, a rushed and sullen checkout woman within the grocery store, and Day of the lifeless skeletons that shape a mariachi band. even supposing many of the poems are formal in sonnets, quatrains, and tetrameter many of the poems are unfastened verse, making them obtainable and relaxing interpreting.
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There goes my fat, I won’t come back for more. The cognac crowd, they hire a limousine, The crowd prefers the long black limousine. I flag the Amtrak, take the 9:15. My woman loves her Tropicana juice, Lots of pulp, my woman loves her juice. Come on back here, we’ll drink in the caboose. One year was lucky—summer finally came, A job, a neighborhood, a little fame. The black car lurked and purred there, just the same. You broil up a long black Cajun fish, I like the way you fork that Cajun fish.
You ignore my messages. Remember that school bus you passed? It’s not far behind us, five children’s faces in the windshield. And the smoking pickup? It never did turn off. While you’ve been terracing the hills and parceling out the bottomland, I’ve watched it coming on, this huge blue fender, inches from my face. 41 42 C h e r ry P i e We’re all acquainted with the airy crowd—a stalk of celery dipped in cottage cheese, a thimble of soy milk, a few green grapes. I invite them over here: between two butter crusts, my sour flesh so deeply sugared it astounds the mouth.
If homicide shows up, I’ll drape a spider web across my loin. But I’ll be here, the child of rage, your child. Touch my deep diagonal, leftover lightning. Follow my falling line into the larger dark. Even the bitterest rain can sink into sand, collect in the crevasses of rock, and lose itself in the river’s lurch and surge and pause. 39 40 Pas senger-side Mirror I glance over my shoulder, a plainclothesman letting you know what’s lurking. But you prefer to look ahead, one hand on the wheel, taking that curve below the carved-out rock, moving in whatever lane you choose.
After-music: Poems by Conrad Hilberry