Andrei Codrescu

cedar top goddesses from phil’s sawmill | ozark sonnet  
April 10, 2015 Codrescu Andrei

cedar top goddesses from phil’s sawmill


The cedar goddesses lie down on saw-horses

debarked by rain smooth like movie stars

sinuous knotty tops sloped with open eyes

we lock gazes forged in what I’d like to think

is inter-regnum lust but is only my artsy awe.

The sawmiller’s wife was just about to toss them to the fire.

They weren’t good enough for lumber. Their fragile skin

accomodated no smoothing tool. She gave them to us

gladly moments before tossing them into the pyre.

They should make me a fine arbor for sitting in to think.

Is art worth saving anything from fire?

Or they’ll frame another something no less tragic.

Maybe I’ll ice the pond and slide on them, let’s say,

a woodophile atop those eyes that do not look away.



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i like to live where (human) sensibilities are still

shockable though nature sees to its own business

adding winter stash to its wank tank its jack sack

jack please take that to the bank keep the change

only a pine tree can teach you what a pine tree is (basho)

but any particular pine tree has an encrypted password

that depends on what it is you want to know from it

every degree of curiosity requires an equivalent hard skin

from the writer who thinks herm want to know

and is tough enough to go on when the pine asks

what are humans for. the obvious answer (to the pine) is

this book is made from pine. that’s me. so take back

your questions people   words are cysts give back my sap

all philosophers are fascists looking for cheap coffins


Andrei Codrescu ( has been a commentator on All Things Considered since 1983. He is an homme-de-lettres whose novels, essays and poetry have been infiltrating the American psyche since he emigrated from his native Romania to Detroit in 1965. He is the author of forty books of poetry, fiction, and essays, and the founder of Exquisite Corpse. He has received a Peabody award for the PBS version of his film Road Scholar, and has reported for NPR and ABC News from Romania (1989) and Cuba (1996). His new books are The Poetry Lesson,(Princeton) and Bibliodeath: My Archives (with Life in Footnotes) (Antibookclub).