Literarisches Events (in and around Lawrence KS)

  • PATRICIA LOCKWOOD. Lawrence. Thursday, September 11, 7:00 p.m., Spooner Hall, KU Campus.
  • PATRICIA LOCKWOOD. Lawrence. Friday, September 19, 7:00 p.m. Lawrence Public Library. Sponsored by Raven Bookstore.
  • DENNIS ETZEL, JR. & RACHEL CROSS. Lawrence. Thursday, September 25, 7:00 p.m., Raven Bookstore, 6 E. 7th St.
  • TONY TRIGILIO. Lawrence. Thursday, Oct. 2, 4:00 p.m., English Room, Kansas Union, KU Campus. FREE.
  • CALEB PUCKETT & JUSTIN RUNGE. Lawrence. Thursday, October 16, 7:00 p.m., Raven Bookstore, 6 E. 7th St.
  • BEN LERNER. Kansas City, MO. Thursday, October 23, 7:00 p.m., Epperson Auditorium, Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick Blvd.
  • KRISTIN LOCKRIDGE & ROBERT DAY. Lawrence. Thursday, December 4, 7:00 p.m., Raven Bookstore, 6 E. 7th St.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

11 ways of looking into sump pumps


The rumbling of the sump pump
made the sound "sump pump"


shingling and shangling
of a kind of runic sump pump
employed in creating


The shilly-shally of the some-thing -
a sump-pump or the silence
of the water that's left afterwards


If I were a sump pump
I'd finally be in demand in New York


How strange the flecks of mauve
the sump pump scattered
in the eaves of the sunset


Why do you look for God
in chunky forests,
when the very sump pump in your basement
was not arrayed as one of these?


I would rather
be sump-pumping


A contractor and a contract are one.
A contractor and a contract and a sump pump
could get the job done, if they wanted to.


The memory of the starlings in gunmetal gray feathers
speckled about with a kingly caution
reminded him of the Egyptian temple of Kansas,
a masonic lodge with a sump pump in the lower level.


If it were up to me, we would paint
the sump pumps of tomorrow
day-glo lime-green.


One sump pump don't stop no show.
One blackbird don't stop no show.
But a blackbird in a sump pump -
that'll stop a goddam show.

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