Friday 24 June 2022

Four Poems by Vernon Fraser


 

Back in the Back Alley Again 

 

a burr voice gaffes before turbo 

numbed the palette splattered 

brighter thesaurus vacant work

 

ampules tired raw rationalists 

caught fending off raffle talk

encouraged the locution play

 

grating as cracks encase

a retrofit pudding missing

fallacious heating on feel

 

a defiant management factotum

the visible simulacrum recumbent 

a Againfireball hazard ripped shelters

 

replication when torpor looking 

forwards a dimmer sinkhole glimpsing

a fertilizer conundrum sprocket

 

the wet hesitation painter wanted

behemoth incendiaries unsprung

 

neighbourhood chokers brim over dice

 

 

Cooking Up a Recipe 

 

the best blend shows tread

making a grist walk meringue

its shortfalls churn lavender

seeking constricted outputs

wherever toxic peril returns

to the tablespoon mechanic

thinning his impetigo cufflink

before the signature premise

foretells a transit separation

that plated its tin pan axiom

when a volcano getting sticky

turned rock to breath garment

addled the metastatic past

where the missing seascape

became an isolate outrage

handed one vantage transit

wigwam larva grated fine

the equinox a tin simulacrum

privately nautical while frenetic

crosswind photos loom 

slow gallops churn lap wings

hallucinogenic parka their logo

welcome lifeboats cure their legacy

brimstones steal bronzed glory

typewriter militants ghost wherever

straight words pocket enjoying

clatter supplication enchantment

no mezzanine sidestep set

their drone to preferences

luncheon still imposed before 

moustache broadcastings push

migraine persuasion to the many

the foodstuff not big repentance 

 

 

Living Under the Underfoot 

 

the lizards left them air 

their one turn stolen slowly

sure as any tired ampule

 

raw reverberation grabbing

its four gumline carriers

no marsh grinned an emu pocket

 

boarder allegory shaken

provoked a pocket waltz

 

reversing when crystalline

health made raw luncheon

a binary skid to meteor storm

 

its luminary air confinement

tinted later broadcasts forward 

issued in from topic sealant

 

intrepid milkmen ever vacant

believe a sun of debtor brims

 

that swelters lachrymose in

the sinkhole curriculum errata

no handshake grifter enrolled

 

the venom tries insider transit

its woe swelling reptilian haze

 

 

Hosting from the Audience 

 

talk radio raves

against a papal simulacrum

 

     no bull

                 intended

 

at the cattle orifice

lowing the limbo record

 

referenda suffrage below intent

 

no blue

orchid streaming laser lines

 

     a spectacle of faith

     caught loafing with camera fish

 

          hinting udder cleavage

           slyly             styled

 

                   under the camera 

                     waving dreams

                     below passage

 

          aching bent over

                                     black stocking net

               fish

                     breath

                                leering

 

the vicarious dream of a neutered pantomime 

 

 


Vernon Frazer has written more than thirty books of poetry, three novels and a short story collection. His poetry, fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Aught, Big Bridge, First Intensity, Jack Magazine, Lost and Found Times, Moria, Miami SunPost, Muse Apprentice Guild, Sidereality, Xstream and many other literary magazines. He introduced IMPROVISATIONS at The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church in Manhattan.

Working in multi-media, Frazer has performed his poetry with the late saxophonist Thomas Chapin, the Vernon Frazer Poetry Band and as a solo poet-bassist. His jazz poetry recordings and multimedia work are available on Youtube.

Frazer resides in central Connecticut. He is widowed.

 

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