That mad, looped track:
"Hello. Yes! Hello. Yes!"
over the phone--ambiance
patter to an exhibit
of Burroughs' spray paint & shotgun
splatter art; his canvas, plywood.
My 10-year-old son puts an eye
to a shotgun-blown hole
blonde wood cluster of shot, hive--
one of the many, mad, beat
scattered marks Burroughs left
Lawrence, his '81-'97 riverside home;
last shot, last typewriter tap,
last paint upon page
Kevin Rabas co-directs the creative writing program at Emporia State and edits
Flint Hills Review, and he has four books: Bird’s Horn, Lisa’s Flying Electric
Piano, Sonny Kenner's Red Guitar, and Spider Face: stories.