Contemporary Aesthetics. Poems by Doug Paul Case, selected by Ron Mohring as Number Five in Volume Seven of our Summer Kitchen Chapbook Series.
Publication: September 23, 2019 [49 copies]
Cover image: antique fabric panel, French, circa 1900.
Doug Paul Case is a photographer and poet based in Bloomington, where he received his MFA from Indiana University. He is poetry editor of Hobart and author of three previous chapbooks: Something to Hide My Face In (Seven Kitchens Press, 2015), College Town (Porkbelly Press, 2015), and Lion (Ghost City Press, 2019).
When’s the last time you shot moonshine
and wrote out your desires?: a man so handsome
you don’t care what’s under his jeans.
To be birdboned in a windstorm.
Sometimes this is enough to exhaust yourself,
or thinking about the lake when you haven’t
been in years. Granddad told me it was God’s
sycamore there on the shore but I always thought
it belonged to the boys jumping from it–
nothing on but their jocks and their hoots in the sky.
I swear you could see the sun cutting through them.
How long have we ached for this belly fire
and this light on your face? Knock me over,
Lord, there’s no way to be readier.