Lytle Shaw's books include Cable Factory 20, The Lobe, and Frank O'Hara: The Poetics of Coterie. A contributing editor for Cabinet, he has recently published catalog essays on Robert Smithson and Zoe Leonard for DIA Center, on Gerard Byrne for Koenig Books, and on The Royal Art Lodge for the Drawing Center. Shaw is currently working on two books: one about the politics of time in depicted landscapes and another about the status of poetry in recent theoretical debates.
Dude Looks Like The Portrait of a Lady
Heels talk in someone's sleep.
I've removed the names.
Emilie calls twice to red lens,
grows birds, globes—
we four face film
out on a tract home behind public dams.
Any certificate will do.
Issues swish for jobs—
like wheel a cart in from mist:
that is, in tandem.
Here: gifts dense in a car
of names, an aisle name.
A squire lands and distributes titles,
or titles for songs.
(This is an example of imagination.)
Andrew calls our attention to Hoboken:
invoked behind public dams.
hides behind parked cars.
A form letter lets John stare.
Traffic swoops here awhile.
from The Lobe