Tag Archives: Eric Paul Shaffer

Death Mask in Red for Allen Ginsberg: April 5, 1997

Poetry is a stop sign—             either you get it or you don’t.             Surprisingly few do. After all, how many drivers                         ever really come             to a complete stop? This is a reprint of work originally published in Lāhaina Noon. Eric Paul … Continue reading

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I Saw the Muses

            after Leonardo Sinisgalli Of course, I saw the muses. Didn’t everybody? Nine bag ladies strung their tents of tarps and stolen shopping carts in ‘A’ala Park next to the concrete abstractions of the skateboard rink. They held forth, as in … Continue reading

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Starfall: Perseids, ‘Aukake

Night draws me from my house. I gaze at the sky. A star falls. My mother, who believed God fills the sky, once said falling stars are the only gifts the heavens give. I remember my mother, gone now, only … Continue reading

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