This week The Friday Influence is proud to feature the work of Kenneth P. Gurney!
Ken and I struck up a friendship during my brief time in Albuquerque. He runs the Adobe Walls Open Mic out of Page 1 Books, the used bookstore where I worked. Once a month – while helping clean up and close – I would get to overhear the great community of poets he fosters there.
His poetry is marked by his background in art – surrealistic images abound – yet, there is always some of his sense of awe and humor throughout his work, something altogether his own.
Find out more about Ken and his poetry here.
Since moving, we have sent poems on postcards to each other. I am happy to share some of the poems that have made getting the mail – where bills and rejection letters abound – a bit of a treat.
Missive – Kenneth P. Gurney
I wrote a letter to the earth
on the bottom of my bare feet
then walked five miles
on grassy lanes that ran
adjacent to greening fields
and two wood lots.
under the broad shade
of a century oak
I checked my soles and determined
the blue ink to be all gone
& I considered my letter delivered.
Catastrophe – Kenneth P. Gurney
Spring fails to create the perfect green
as the cat laps chartreuse spilled
from the dropped shot glass
where a trail of mucky pawprints
scub across the sparkling kitchen tile
like so many clouds
unable to congregate
and expel a healthy Albuquerque rain.