Lifting Snowfall

By Richard N. Bentley

Today we awake

to an anarchy of snow, and see

Under the window

the garden vanished,

the library smothered,

the parking lot lost beneath the soundless drifts.


Shoveling, I look down my nose at the snow,

the snow sneers back, white as a linen tablecloth

at theCopleyPlaza, supercilious as that white

triturate which, released into the brain

Freshly obliterates the molecules of memory

and the dark thoughts they inspire.


Dick Bentley’s books, Post-Freudian Dreaming and A General Theory of Desire, are available at Amazon & Powell’s. He’s a Pushcart Prize nominee, and won the Paris Review/Paris Writers Workshop International Fiction Award. He has published over 200 works of fiction, poetry and memoir in Literary Magazines and Quarterlies in the US, the UK, France, Canada and Brazil. His next book will be titled All Rise. The cover features a picture of an unshaven Chief Justice Roberts with holes in his judicial robe, mud all over his face, and a swarm of fleas and gnats circling his head.  In the background, by contrast, are Botticelli’s Venus Rising from the Half Shell, helium balloons, a rising sun, and lots of butterflies. Check out his website He loves hearing from readers. 413-256-0240 

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