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Image by Sarah Harrison

Mountain Man

Mountain Man

Hot-wired bears have foregone the berry,
ripping car doors off at night, prankster jocks
crashing through the brake on a candy high.

They pace their dens to a tight sugar clock,
and lie all day in the tall grass,
scratching at their dusty coats, idly tracking

long threads of milkweed butterflies.
Here and there he points out evidence
of ursine peaks and troughs.

He sets to showing me how to coax
a rag of flame from a nest
of shredded juniper bark...Pay attention!

But the forest scent, its list of bitters,
recalls me to the seam of moss pinched tight
between the paving slabs back home:

the velvet folds where Little-Boy-Green
has caught his princely britches,
fleeing to the underworld.


from A Republic of Linen (Bloodaxe Books, 2009) © Patrick Brandon 2009, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

Recordings

Patrick Brandon Reading from his poems

1Mountain Man

2Grand Union

3Red on Maroon

4Dolphin

5Higgs Bison

7The Night Studio

7Flat Dad

8Writing from the Imperial Three Star

9Bikini

10The All Night Service Station within the Heart

11Blinkers

12Sade

13Bush Craft

14Lichen

15Leading Man

16Geneva

17Local Sauce

18Stuff

19The Full Kit

20Diamonds

21A Sloping Pitch

22Retro Ascent

23Attic

24Night Signals

25Downsizer

26New World Guest House

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28Clean

29Y

30The Bike

31Pro Rata

32The Lawn

33Boy with Cat in Harness

34Sunday

35Triumph Dolomite

36Oh Yes, Yes ... I Think I Can See it Now

37En Plein Air

38MacGraw and Late McQueen

39Pillow

40Powder

41Howitzer

42Spartacus

43Teen Wolf

Books by Patrick Brandon