I'm in Love with the Morton Salt Girl/Echt & Ersatz
Paycock Press ISBN 0-9602424-8-1 $5
"I look forward to more of Peabody's work. He's
fun to read, a quality not enough poets these days possess; and he
produces zaps--often enough to let you know he's alive and you're alive.
Some authentic verse runs from his pen, flows from his strong salt-box."
Peabody's first two books complete in one volume a/la the old Ace paperback Science Fiction series.
I'm in Love with the Morton Salt Girl
I'm in love with the Morton salt girl.
I want to pour salt in her hair and watch
her dance. I want to walk her through the
salt rain and pretend that it is water. I want to
get lost in the Washington Cathedral and follow her
salt trail to freedom.
I want to discover her salt lick in the forests of Virginia.
I want to stand in line for hours to see her walk on in
the middle of a movie only to have the film break and watch salt
pour out and flood the aisles. I want to sit in an empty theater
up to my eyeballs in salt and dream of her.
When I go home she will be waiting for me in her white dress
and I will drink salt water and lose my bad dreams.
I will seek the blindness of salt, salt down my wounds,
hang like a side of ham over the curtain rod in the bathroom
and let her pour salt directly on my body.
When she is done I will lick her salty lips with my tongue
and walk her down the stairs into the rain, wishing that I
could grow gills and bathe in her vast salt seas.
There's a tangerine rotting on my desk.
I should probably throw it away,
but I've grown accustomed to the shape sitting there.
Besides, I like the way it smells.
"Most of Peabody's poems are wryly
humorous. He's not a mean-spirited poet, even when attacking those
he doesn't care for. In an age when the cruel lampoon has taken a firm
hold, Peabody's compassion for human frailty is especially endearing."
". . . fresh, spritely, and enviably
energetic . . . It all looks so effortless." -- Guy Davenport
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