About the Poems
by Michael Gushue
The Conrad Poems, of which these are some, started showing up during NaPoWriMo 2009, and continued through the summer and part of the fall. As of now, it looks like Conrad has left the building. I understand that plans are being made for a chapbook.
"His Day": See that fluorescent bulb above my desk, how rings seem to be throbbing and traveling its length? I don’t know why it does that. I’m old.
"In A Station of the Metro": Heather McHugh, eat your heart out.
"His Affair": I believe that one day the I Saw You entries in the personal columns of the newspapers of this country will be recognized as the late 20th century’s greatest contribution to world literature.
"His Fractals": Did you know that Mandelbrot means almond bread, but that biscotti do not follow any known fractal pattern? You could look it up.
"His Ancestor": The agouti signaling peptide consists of 131 amino acids and acts as an inverse agonist at melanocortin receptors. Pleiotropic effects of constitutive expression include adult-onset obesity.