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THE FLOATING WORLD

by Judith Taylor

Amuse me, sir, with your wildest dreams, for my purposes.
I might reveal to you the face I’ve chosen to put on for now.
I’ll wave my prophetic handkerchief over my histoire.
A propensity for ivory, yet a bent toward steel.
My amours fly up to the clouds, where birds dare not rise.



MUNCHED ON BY LEAVES

There's a reason he doesn't write but she doesn't know it.
Pain rib-jazzes as the stations of night hours sift.
Tint of mind-trick: benign white flower on the tongue.
Will bones mend (a miracle!) for the doctors if not for her?
Drip, drip: Time's faucet. I alone love you, says Percocet.



ALMOST AUDIBLE

When your picture fell out of the book, I felt nothing.
A portal to the past, transparent and forbidding.
Solitude's music, so quick to reappear, disappoint.
Put on the role, the carnival, soul's silver coffin.
Why should we be haunted by ghosts who have forgotten us?



THE HIDING PLACE OF GOODBYE

Replication of mistakes: thread of what might be called fate.
I escape from the fantastic, a warning or a sign of grace?
Dead leaves flood the floor when I open the door.
Don't look inside Pandora's Box of glamour then boredom.
When the fantasy fades, something worse must take its place.


Judith Taylor is the author of two books of poetry, Selected Dreams from the Animal Kingdom, and Curios. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Poetry, Antioch Review, Pleiades, Seneca Review, Fence, Conduit, and Court Green as well as in anthologies. The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Ucross Foundation, the Djerassi Foundation, the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo have awarded her Fellowships, and she’s the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. After teaching in UCLA’s Writer’s Program for many years, she presently teaches private classes in Los Angeles. Taylor is co-founder and co-editor of POOL: A Journal of Poetry. She is currently taking a lot of photographs.


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