September 22, 2010

Reconstructing Michael Minahan, by Martin Green

First baseball cap

for Michael Minahan

Three lines of tamed oil
transferred from folded tin foil rims,
           four oblong spaces;

gaps fill easily with windows, balconies, doors.
Homes observed from alibi dusk, 
           a coveted order.

Turmeric edged clouds spread across the nose,
eyes retain the shock of prison conditions,
             separate from blanched skin.

The stripe that bled the most,
incorporated as shoulders and an undone button-
              down collar.

Lost hat leaves forehead pleats,
spinning zoetrope figures wane
            to a furrow 

and the thinnest stain, imperfectly transparent,
sketched around in dark pastel, disguised
             as a worry line.

Second baseball cap


Brown elastic hair tie,
flattened into the shape of a human ear.

A not entirely happy doorbell.

The most predictable object,
turned upside down to expose a surprise.

Confetti rabbit floating in a rain-filled bottle top.

Bright pink cocktail stick,
in the shape of a swashbuckling sword.

The blue plastic end of something.

An incomplete arm from a pair of spectacles,
dark grey with delicate inlaid flowers.

A metal nut with a small white stone lodged inside.

Two rectangles with a hoop,
oxygen tanks for a diving figure, or,
a pair of doll’s house fire extinguishers.

Fragment of a bowl with a black and white pattern.

Shield from a broken dummy,
without handle or teat.

Red plectrum, Jim Dunlop, USA, Jazz 3.

Baseball cap folded in on its self,
sleeping like a grey cygnet.

Third baseball cap

Party, Party, Party

Flattened champagne wire cages
sewn onto triangular and crescent panels
unpicked from a baseball cap
strung into short lengths of bunting
unaffected by a curious breeze.

White, scratched,
scuffed into something purer,
kicking thousands of imaginary goals
until hexagons flap and fall,
making star and snowflake shapes
from a peeled football.

Shredded confidential documents
strewn like the jettisoned innards
of a party-popper battle
adopt the part forms of plates
and place names.

Fourth baseball cap

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