Bill Lessard

Wittgenstein’s ladder,
no help in reaching the shelf

dialectic reserved for: big kids only

serrated teardrop
set in the frame

John Cage’s laugh

—black liquid
expelled to confuse predators

the woman reporting numbness
right side of the face

Situationist aphasia

Judith Butler asking desire to pay its half of the bill

kid on subway
coughs directly
into air


numbness still present
when the bouquet of flowers arrives


always a frugal traveler


Joseph Beuys’
fishing vest

carry medicine carry magic


Prospero served
felted flap


the woman
halved at breast


beveled oval


body part
Romans believed
could secrete
the divine


not sad said


Louise offers a handkerchief
black lacquered silk