Monday, June 7, 2010

Albert Huffstickler: Rainbow Grill, Downtown Austin

Here's another reason you should seriously consider picking up Albert Huffstickler's selected poems, Why I Write in Coffee Houses and Diners. There are so many fine poems in this collection, it just does not stop coming at you. As far as I can ascertain, it is the only collection still in print and readily available.

Rainbow Grill, Downtown Austin
Skin knows.
It drinks morning light.
Wine of the flesh.
Seated by the window,
I absorb it
with my morning coffee,
thinking how like love it is.
Wine of the flesh
Wine of the soul
Remembrance of clarity
Albert Huffstickler

a clear view
in the soup kettle...
Milky Way
translated by David G. Lanoue



Charles Gramlich said...

I appreciate the literature of the coffee houses. I've not been one to write in them myself, although I enjoy the ambience and the conversations. Good poem to illustrate though.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Glad you liked the poem. I think coffee houses in some sense were home to Huff. Of course all this is pre-wifi, social networking etc.

That was decidedly not what he was about.

Anonymous said...

Just finished reading Lilliput Review #173--much great work contained therein, Wayne Hogan's marvelous artwork, Grant Hackett, paul m., to name a few. Lonnie Hull DuPont's "Four Deer" in ##175 is marvelous. Thanks for including me! Also found the Full Moon sequence vey inspiring--Lao Tzu would be impressed. Best regards,
David R.
Horse Cave, Kentucky

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Hey, David, many thanks, amongst the first reactions to the new issues ... glad to some things grabbed you ...