“Heat” — Denis Johnson

“Heat” by Denis Johnson—

Here in the electric dusk your naked lover

tips the glass high and the ice cubes fall against her teeth.

It’s beautiful Susan, her hair sticky with gin,

Our Lady of Wet Glass-Rings on the Album Cover,

streaming with hatred in the heat

as the record falls and the snake-band chords begin

to break like terrible news from the Rolling Stones,

and such a last light—full of spheres and zones.


you’re just an erotic hallucination,

just so much feverishly produced kazoo music,

are you serious?—this large oven impersonating night,

this exhaustion mutilated to resemble passion,

the bogus moon of tenderness and magic

you hold out to each prisoner like a cup of light?


  1. randomkhaos · August 15, 2013

    This poem is either hot or cool. I’m not sure which. Maybe it’s both. Like Eros.


  2. bezwik · August 15, 2013

    definitely both hot and cool, like a fire inside an igloo with break-dancing eskimo strippers.


    • randomkhaos · August 15, 2013

      That makes me grin.


  3. discern · August 15, 2013

    an other’s assumptions have no bearing on one’s being.


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