MAURICE OLIVER
Five Poems


Venus Poses

Yellow apples on a rug.
Like white spots on dominoes.
Drops into an imaginary paradise.
With an urge to talk dirty.
The story unfolds.   A nylon noon
kneeling   entwined   human splosh.
Flower   finger
hands that surround.
Speech
chemistry
petals that curve upward.


Never Mindshaft

A reality fuelled by pranks.
Cookies arranged in a circle.
In fractions shaved yellow.
An alphabet sharpens its senses.
Learning to read.   Spelling bee.
Nightshade   white glove   a fly.
Lumps.   Licks.
A swan named Myrtle.
Chambermaid
prizefighter
two kinds of gone.

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