Chansonette Buck in Lorain, Ohio, 2011
photo by Dianne Borsenik

bath poems

moon train

listening to
the moon train
passing beyond
the bart tracks
while it rains
that lone
lonely whistle
i hear
on wakeful nights
without you
i sink deep
into these
soft warm waters
running my hands
along the contours
of my wet
body, as i imagine
you might…if you
could…if you
wanted to
as i sink
into the warm
wet and watch
the play of patterns
thrown by candles
onto the ceiling
above me


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“science project, pocatello” (c) 2012 by Chansonette Buck, all rights reserved.  It appears in her just published chapbook desire lines (Crisis Chronicles Press).  desire lines features 17 poems on high quality ivory paper with a cover consisting of ashen orange and white cardstock.  Dimensions: 9 x 7 inches.  It is available for $6 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3344 W. 105th Street #4, Cleveland, Ohio 44111.


Cover foto captured by Steven B. Smith in Oaxaca, Mexico

Chansonette Buck spent her childhood “on the road” as stepdaughter of a Black Mountain poet, living all over the American West, in England, and in Spain. She holds the PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley, where she concentrated on 20th-century poetry and poetics and wrote a dissertation on childhood trauma as the source of William Carlos Williams’s poetic obsessions. She has a BFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art, and has won awards for her visual art, her poetry, and her teaching. Chapters of her memoir Unnecessary Turns: Growing Up Beat have appeared in Why We Ride: Women Writers on the Horses in Their Lives (Seal Press, May 2010) and Polarity eMagazine (Fall 2010). Her poems have appeared online and in print, including a feature in the journal tinfoildresses 2012. Her first chapbook, blood oranges (NightBallet Press, 2011), was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Berkeley with her family, her boa constrictor, and way too many cats and dogs.