Boca Negra Petroglyphs – John J. Trause

Albuquerque, New Mexico

After a spat in the car, we hiked the various trails
to see the petroglyphs created over centuries
from ca. 1000 BC to 1700 AD and read them to ourselves:

WOMAN DRIVE CAR STOP MANY TIMES
TRANSPORT [?] LOADED UP VERY MANY THINGS NOT USEFUL
WOMAN STOP [TO] SEE EVERY BIRD
FAT MAN FROM EAST SPEAK BAD VERY MANY TIMES
WOMAN STOP [TO] SEE BIRD[S]
WOMAN STOP CAR GO THROUGH MANY THINGS NOT USEFUL
MANY THINGS NOT USEFUL MESS
EARTH VOID [CHAOS?] MESS
MAN SPEAK BAD MORE TIMES
WOMAN NOT HAPPY
MAN FROM EAST WALK HOME


John J. Trause.jpgJOHN J. TRAUSE, the Director of Oradell Public Library, is the author of Eye Candy for Andy (13 Most Beautiful… Poems for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, Finishing Line Press, 2013); Inside Out, Upside Down, and Round and Round (Nirala Publications, 2012); the chapbook Seriously Serial (Poets Wear Prada, 2007; rev. ed. 2014); and Latter-Day Litany (Éditions élastiques, 1996), the latter staged Off-Off Broadway. His book of fictive translations, found poems, and manipulated texts, Exercises in High Treason, is forthcoming from Great Weather for Media. His translations, poetry, and visual work appear internationally in many journals and anthologies. Marymark Press has published his visual poetry and art as broadsides and sheets. A founder of the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative in Rutherford, N. J., he is the former host and curator of its monthly reading series. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize (2009 – 2011, 2013).