_ _ What can be salvaged that remains buried?
You’re asking me?
A row of Appennine cypress hemming the driveway
is the only clue left in the dream remembered with any clarity.
After that, you find yourself walking toward a grainy dusk
you hadn’t anticipated nor felt the need to embrace.
But the street continues nonetheless and the tram wires prove it,
suspended like an abandoned cobweb
against a dank sky on the outskirts.
Once you get past the shop windows
there’s a noon whistle and the storage yard empties
and a blue tarp is thrown on the crowd.
A peeling billboard sits centered in a derelict field,
wordless and ghostly. The pylon nearby needs painting.
Gerard Malanga is an American poet, photographer, and filmmaker best known for his work with artist Andy Warhol. His latest book publications are AM: Archives Malanga, A 4-volume set of fanzines (Dagon James/Key Press, NYC), and Ghostly Berms, an exhibition catalogue published by In-Arco Gallery (Torino, Italy). He makes his home with four cats in a country retreat in upstate New York. His website is gerardmalanga.com. (updated 6/2013)