I believe it is the act of language that makes everything that we are as human beings a possibility. I believe that in its ideal state Poetry is the purest form of that act. As I understand it, my job as editor/publisher is to find, promote, package and distribute poetry that comes as close as possible to the ideal. ~~~~~Ben L. Hiatt, Editor Digital Dawg

8/12/2004

Taylor Graham

BEN IN AUGUST

The fluffy gray dog pants
in easy rhythm at your feet
while you shape-shift

to coyote
who sometimes calls from down
the ridge in the dark.

Your new computer works
on one-cell human batteries,
you’re plugged in to Tuesday

morning air,
a marathon which the rest of us
don’t give a thought to:

breathing.
Life’s a zigzag
between the crossed-off

images and your next-minute
future. A mouse-
click, and here you are, by-

lined in place between
your generations:
old Ben begetting young

Ben by his one-soul battery
till a mortal poet
assumes voices biblical

and the used-up oxygen rises
on its elevator cable
from your lungs, a metered hum

against “the quiet world
of the dying
to dance” and you flick

the mouse
in your hand like a
diehard starter.

Taylor Graham's book
STILL LIFE WITH WOODSMOKE
may be purchased on-line directly from the publisher
Mt Aukum Press