Hello Whiskey & Cactus Wine

Or a sneak peek of what I’ve been working on lately.

Over the past few months, I’ve been working on a collection titled “Whiskey & Cactus Wine: A Dedication to the West.” Most of this collection includes found poetry crafted from this book. I will skip the discussion on what I think of the guidebook because the poetry should hopefully speak for itself. Here are a few strictly found poems included in the collection.

Author’s Note

Perhaps, the way of life and obsessions still to come
happened in conflicting information.

Many have relied on everything but history,
have not reported preconceptions, and
too often have left out all kinds suffered.

A traveler more enlightened would thank me with enthusiasm
for advice about firearms and appreciation for history.

What to Take

A vial of brandy,
A small bottle of sureness,
A flask of burden

A word of exchange,
A pinch of once rough-and-ready,
A bit of gold dust

A target for gangs,
A trunk of obvious jokes,
A supply of profits

Immigrants

immigrants
flocked
with curiosity about
moving mountains

settlers
introduce you to
their
firsthand of army exploits

several eloquent Indian leaders
disappearing

curious about the men who push.
a rambunctious buckaroo

regal you

 

About Caren

Creative writing professor, craft beer enthusiast, & general foodie- so basically a typical alcoholic poet living in London.
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