Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
Eagle Nest, New Mexico. “People like to drive because driving is actually and symbolically an almost perfect mechanism for escape…there is probably no human being who does not have troubles, real or imagined, from which he at times feels the need to flee.” George R. Stewart.


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We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and a 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of 1997 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 28 years--we're recycling. I've published 3 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), THE O'BRIENS (2012), and CARRY ME (2016). Also 2 short story collections: NIGHT DRIVING(1987) and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my literary life is at I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'm an adjunct professor at Colorado College and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I was a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Autoliterate office is in Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square, 2 floors above Dewey Cheatem & Howe. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

John Poch: The Taos Carpenter (& the 1965 Ford F-100)

The Taos Carpenter

Like almost any carpenter, he calls on God
when he hits his hand with a hammer.
A man so long working with trees,
he likes his shade, the light breeze, but more,
the stillness. Leaning his back against the cottonwood,
he calls his girlfriend, saying, Punkin, saying,
Baby-love. He lets his dog out of the truck,
pouring him another bowl of water. 
He puts his dog back in the truck. 
He misses the days of hand-planing
an entire cabin’s-worth of floor boards,
though he never owned a plane. 
He lets his dog out of the truck.
The board feet in a nearby ponderosa pine
are intuition to him, and groove means many things. 

He can be humble.
On his break, he writes a two-line poem
for his book of two-line poems:

God has nails in his hand.
And there goes a man with the hammer.

                                                                          -John Poch
                                                                           from Dolls (Orchises 2009)
                                                                          ("and here are a couple photos of my truck"--JP)

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