Charles Harper Webb

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Charles Harper Webb Poems

1. The Death Of Santa Claus 1/1/2004
2. Silent Letters 1/1/2004
3. Blind 1/1/2004
4. Enthusiasm 1/1/2004
5. Suitcase 1/1/2004
6. The Wife of the Mind 1/1/2004
7. Giant Fungus 1/1/2004
8. Post-Vacation Tristesse 1/1/2004
9. Reservations Confirmed 1/1/2004
10. March 3/14/2012
11. With a Nantucket Shell 3/14/2012
12. Dum Vivimus Vigilemus 3/14/2012
13. Gil, the Toreador 3/14/2012

Reservations Confirmed

The ticket settles on my desk: a paper tongue
pronouncing "Go away;" a flattened seed
from which a thousand-mile leap through the air can grow.

It's pure potential: a vacation-to-be
the way an apple is a pie-to-be,
a bullet is a death-to-be. Or is the future

pressed into it inalterably—woven between

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