Yay! We’re 1,000 posts old!

To celebrate Danse Macabre du Jour’s 1,000th post, here are two poems from our esteemed editor, publisher, poet and man-about-Las Vegas, Adam Henry Carriere – from his book tiesse el air published recently by Bench Press.

A Grandparent’s Mist

Germans once preferred

applying steel to wounds,

while those lost east of Vienna

are content with simple morphine

addiction, aged like French white

in casks earning frequent flier

mileage; the pastel

Israel grieves alone,

stopping only for little amities

coloring the imaginary countryside

where trains closely pass,

wondering if what’s remembered

is black magic or a will of God

who secretly resembles Peter Sellers.


Well-read Abstractions

I – Wordsworth didn’t have cable,

trapped, as it were, by a mold-covered window

where wildebeests could be herding past

and he couldn’t see them for the candlelight

and all its flickering storybook effluvium.


II – Stairs wind in an intemperate brook,

grateful for harmony that offends bishops.

The long silence of mist and snow, splitting

milk from statistics in confessive lullaby,

craze the moon. The Nineteenth Century

and its reminiscence can at last reach dialogue.


III – The Rave of autumn, its match lit in shadow,

dreams in old politics. The wreath of those words

respire starlit incantations only the departed

can fully forgive. Blessed be their waxen faces.

* * * * *

Author bio: Adam Henry Carrière is an online habitué specialising in letters, publishing design, and instruction. A former NPR broadcaster, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Film & Video from Columbia College and a Master’s in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California. He has taught writing at both his alma mater and for the United States Navy across the Pacific. Born on the South Side of Chicago, Adam now resides in Las Vegas, where he has won the Nevada Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry and publishes Danse Macabre, Nevada’s first online literary magazine. He is the author of Miles (2012) and Hi’s Cool (2013).


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