Reading in Chapel HIll plus “Hook-Billed Albatross” Copyright 2014 Doug Stuber


Ed Lyons, Richard Smyth and Doug Stuber will read together for

the first time ever at Flyleaf Books, Monday February 17th.  The store

is located next to Foster’s and behind Hunan near the corner of MLK/Airport

and Hillsborough Road (Note the police station).  Their book “Poems from

the Heron Clan II and Stuber’s books “Modern Russian History,” and 

“Open Secrets, Top Secrets” (both Chonnam University Press, 2012 and 2013 respectively)

are already available at Flyleaf.  Wine, Cheese, Beer.  Three poets, three times the diversity.


Hook-Billed Albatross

She stakes her dreams to the field’s love-shielding
grass at the end of her perforated rainbow. He takes his
turn ensured that she loves him by her food shopping,
house cleaning, love making. The hawk’s nest resists
the wind, remains aloft, agape for eggs and hatchlings,
fertile reminders that measuring time, even if only once per
season, does not slow it down; that migrating King Mackerel
offer themselves in massive schools to even amateur anglers,
as buffaloes had before sported to death. Six-toed cats and trans-
continental reunions emit their cosmic hum. Games and big news
keep connections alive. New friends meet old in a town you
haven’t lived in for twenty-eight years. Opposite colors, orange
blue collide, retract, expand over oysters, not slimy to hide pearls,
but slippery to replicate the activities they supposedly support.
Then a bull gator walks out of Lake Alice, scares drunk frat boys
and walks back in without incident. Our corresponding spouses
see the joy, join in the stories, though they are older. Beer
loosens the social bra straps, allowing a free flow of ideas to
sprout forth. Ibis flock issues screams from Payne’s Prairie, let’s
face it, this prairie is a swamp, Audubon’s swamp, thus stinky.


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