• Keith Banner

Head and Bottle

is there going to

be a tragic ending?

of course there is

something involving

vital organs

possibly or a busted windshield

siren lights

on a ceiling

a fury inside

a skull

inside a trailer

inside a tool-shed

let's stop talking about


let's move on

here we are


and spectacular

staring down the future

here we are

a sad little punk

telling really big lies

at a bar

where the mop bucket

is decoration

and the only song on the jukebox

is about not being able to sing



head and

bottle conjoin

like beautician

and burglar

if only we could

tell the future

if only

we knew


was next

("Head and Bottle," Philip Guston, 1975)

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