Saturday, 11 January 2014

Five Short Poems from James Downs




Leaf floats down cool

leaf floats down cool
             still river water     I drink
from small fruit juice jar 

(3-10-2004)                                                        
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Six word story

Find cat
     call me
            he’s drunk

(10-12-13)
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Vigorous cacaphony

Vigorous cacophony made me
investigate   it was weird birds

flying with vertigo through the
calm light   I searched for relief

from a deadly rash   I bore it well
through ravish of the neon breast

(12-17-13)

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Blue heron

neck stretched seeking height
         settles down between blue reeds
and light and water

James Downs
(12-31-13)

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Gertrude Stein:  a response

a bicycle is a bicycle is a bicycle

(1-06-14)

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James Downs lives in Yosemite National Park, California.  A native Texan, James moved to the Golden State in 1993 and happily calls himself a "permanent Californian."  James produced a twice yearly onstage writers’ night, WORDS, which lasted eleven years.  James has a chapbook WHERE MANZANITA (2000) and a full-length volume MERGE WITH THE RIVER (2004), both published by Poetic Matrix Press (www.poeticmatrix.com), and will have a chapbook in 2014 and his third full volume soon.  In 2010, James became the Associate Editor of Poetic Matrix Press.  In his spare time, he writes lyrics with a musician friend for SAWHORSE. Most importantly, James wants you to know that he married his love of ten years, Joy, in the summer of 2007 on his publisher’s land by a creek under a willow tree. Best decision of his life.  James retired and they now have their second home in Sonora, California, as well. 

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