A Journal

"I'm going to come back to West Virginia when this is over. There's something ancient and deeply-rooted in my soul. I like to think that I have left my ghost up one of those hollows, and I'll never really be able to leave for good until I find it. And I don't want to look for it, because I might find it and have to leave".----Breece D'J Pancake, in a letter to his mother. 

Raymond farr

I Am Choking to Death & the Moon Says I Love You


I  feel  a  joke  coming on  but write a poem  called  I  Am Choking to Death  & the Moon Says I Love
  instead.  Instead of  The Moon Says I Love   You  I name my  first  born The Fat Man  in  Drag   &
can’t decide between the chicken or the fish. I want my life to mean something. I want my poems
to be more than  just  beautiful kitsch but the figure  all in  shadow is walking away from me even
now, having washed his hands of me, & I still can’t decide between the chicken or the fish.


Raymond Farr is author of Ecstatic/.of facts (Otoliths 2011), Rien Ici (Blue & Yellow Dog 2010), & Writing What For? across the Mourning Sky (Blue & Yellow Dog 2012)His poems appear in And/Or, West Wind Review, Otoliths, Upstairs at Duroc, Cricket On Line, Wild Quarterly, & Eratio. He has a chapbook, Eating the Word NOISE! which is slated for February 2015 publication by White Knuckle Chaps & another full length collection of poems
Poetry in the Age of Zero
due out from Blue & Yellow Dog in mid 2015.  He is editor of Blue & Yellow Dog


My favorite souvenir is a letter I receieved from Mark Strand in reply to one I sent him. It was personal & chummy & I cherish it. Thank you Mark Strand.