:: Article

Three Poems

By Kevin Kaiser.

the echoing blue

at dawn the bison steam up-
hill beside an excavated cavern,
and the badlands are the only safe space
anymore—the echoing blue of a cowboy
sky before it plunges

into a coal mine and surfaces
for air in blackface and broken-
shoveled, hacking atrophic-eyed
children of ghost fathers who once knew
the point

of obsidian, until the pale and pitch
of dichromatic eyes—halogen lamps at high
noon—lodged their sights to view the final
shards splintering like the trail beneath
a stampede of die-cast wheels



all the scorched clouds have fled

             beneath cathedral’s decay
             a clay red horse draped in limp reins
             prods an oxidized stain

             glass cracks like a dry lakebed

the bell is silent; the tower squints

             through the wind-swung doors, the dust
             bursts, gusts
             to a devil, glitters the pews in rust

             red shades sanded to age by broke-bottle tints

upon the wall, a skin stretches, as if hung from crooked cross-
beam; its eyeless head cants cockeye

hollow third eye weeping blood-crust
like sap from a lightning-charred pine

             the ossuary night tilts, spills spiny bone-fingered stars; strange
             claws, they sift the ashen sky, stirring the remains of their dead


into a distance

             after Rodrigo González

when the sun drains from the street
like amber from the prismatic
labyrinth of a glass

when the crows pluck my eyes,
squander my entrails like cold
snakes resigned to rocks

when my life is lived to the brim
and forgotten in a moment—
an instant, distant


Kevin Kaiser was born and raised in Orange County, California, earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, and currently resides in Richardson, Texas. His fiction, poetry, and music are internationally published or forthcoming in Jabberwocky, The Collagist, PANK, Falling Star, Sein und Werden, filling Station and other journals. He is engaged to the poet Angela Parker.

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Friday, October 29th, 2010.