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Collected Poems (1)

July 26, 2018

Author “speaking.” Some years back, I published my collected poems (ca. 1959-now 2016) online, in an edition that I was very happy with; but I lost it (long, somewhat bitter, but that’s-the-way-it-goes, story).  I’m doing them again here, even though it means cutting in on the narrator’s dance and stealing some pages from his plot line. In fact, the narrator has included a few poems on his pages, and has sometimes wanted to link to one of the poems, but couldn’t because it wasn’t available on line. (I think the narrator does feel a certain affinity with the thoughts, and the attitudes, in the poems.)

However, this vehicle doesn’t work perfectly for some poems, because I can’t format idiosyncratically.

The poems are arranged in titled sections.  I’ll make this page the title page of the collection, with links to sections (below). Here goes:


for N B M

“There’s an ordinary world. . .I have to find it.”  –  Simon Le Bon


poetry is the life of the soul

     – for James Hillman

in the back yard, lingerie
lifts to the sun like
billows of a trombone
at a choir picnic

on the porch, five
Fisherwomen (Charm
and Caution, Get The
Job Done, Shining,
and Delight) down
some fast talk or
fan their long slow tales

call to them from
the alley:  “hey! do
you all need some
bait today?” their waves

roll like a chord
across the grass
and push the flowers
higher up the fence

the air’s awash
with scent of red,
the light thrum
upon the swell

the choir gives up
another shout, another
horn sets sail

and now the very
house itself
is ringing
like a skull.



Normalities Intro page (2) and poems pages (2a etc.). And a Contents page with poem titles.

Haiku-like Intro page (3) and poems (3a)

Coffee Shop Poems Intro page (4) and poems pages (4a etc.).

Bringing Out the Animals in Me Intro page (5) and poems pages
(5a etc.).

Charmed: Intro page (6) and poems (6a).

Chicory Suite: Intro page (7) and poems page (7a).

btw, Tom Koontz owns all copy rights to these poems.  They are not in the public domain.  Fair use, yes; but otherwise, i.e. if any money will be made by anyone through any reproduction in any form, written permission must first be obtained from the author.

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