Cover portrait by Robert "Bob" Branaman.

Cover portrait by Robert "Bob" Branaman.

DOMINION and other poems,
by Alan Bätjer Russo

Rosace Publications, 1977

Saint Mary

Saint Mary locked in the moon
faced mirrored in mushrooms
swart in the time of the toad
silver when the casket opens

Saint Mary baked in the moon
white hot heart like day behind the winter glass
the midnight sun stands in his shambles,
"chaos . . . dreaming . . . alone . . ."

Twelve times one holds the gate
while seven lifts the bright sword.
Saint Mary crushed in the moon
bleeding mercury bullets to the bone.

Steel in the skull, gold in the heart,
moisture in the palm of one hand.
Over the moon,
Saint Mary gates the flood.

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Table of Contents:
Some of these poems first appeared in LOCKED MAN, NOW, FUX, LEFEUDUCIEL, ANIMAL LIGHT, and OUT OF SIGHT magazines.

  • EPIGRAM: AN ANGEL CRY
  • WE ARE DYING
  • DOOMED TO REPLY
  • YOU HAVE TO LIE LIKE A SNAKE
  • RADIO HASH
  • BOARDMAN STREET POEM
  • PUMP PUZZLES
  • THE SPANISH MAIN
  • THE WEREWOLF HANGS IN SPACE
  • SAINT MARY
  • THE PIT OF BEING
  • DOMINION
  • THE NEW MINT RIDE
  • A FAILURE
  • TEN TIMES THE CHRIST