person klipschutz, one poem

klipschutz is the author of several books of poetry, including This Drawn & Quartered Moon (Anvil Press, 2013) and The Erection of Scaffolding for the Re-Painting of Heaven by the Lowest Bidder (1985, o.p.). A Visit to the Ranch & other poems, his collection of San Francisco and Pacific Northwest poems, was issued by Last Word Press in October 2015. He also co-edits the collectible quarterly Four by Two, and writes songs with recording artist Chuck Prophet.



Before his lecture
in Chicago
Mother Jones
kissed him
on both cheeks


He wolfed down
a cannibal sandwich


His teeth came loose
from scurvy


“To Build a Fire”
was written in Hawaii
where he learned to surf
like a skin-peeled Mercury




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