life as art

what does it mean
that I’m watching
the starlings
on the lawn in front
of the marina on this
warm and cloudless
day—the boats, the piers,
the parking lot—
while “Jumping
Jack Flash” pipes through
my ears. Well,
it’s my movie: the nine
starlings stalking and
jabbing as they glisten—
each obsidian eye
a world—and the casual
genius of the Stones
rolling and pulsing like
a five-man heart shot
full of holes, and my life
a new movie each day,
and I know it means


About nosuchthingasastraightline

I grew up in tiny Lyme, New Hampshire, where I drew, roamed the surrounding woods, and first entertained the idea of God while listening to my mom's Beatles records. I studied biology at Harvard University where I wrote for The Harvard Lampoon and also began writing poetry. I have since made a living variously as a comedy screenwriter, teacher, and private tutor in math, science and writing. I’ve released three CDs of original music as the singer-songwriter and guitar player for Crooked Roads (listen to latest tracks here: My poetry writing has been inspired by Rumi, Billy Collins, William Carlos Williams, e.e. cummings, Antonio Machado, Federico Garcia Lorca, and others. My two books of poetry, "The Morning I Married the Sky," and “Free this Morning” are both available on Amazon.
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