Walks away does not look back.
Looked back once. Years ago. Through the window
Found again and again: carrot thrown from her high
Then Mission Avenue, where guns barked and the
Once during the war she read Glamour, flames
(—Doors slammed. Boyfriends in gouts.
Newly bathed, minutes old, she
Lara, my little blister, bearing gifts like
Ahearn’s work has been collected in the limited-edition chapbook, Kyoko At Play (Harvest Publications, 1994) and in two anthologies: CrossConnect: Writers of the Information Age (CrossConnect, Inc., 1997) and Other Testaments (Incarnate Muse Publications, 1997).
The poems here are from his manuscript, Five Fictions, which will be published by Sulphur River Review Press later this year. Ahearn lives in Dallas, where he writes poetry, essays, and books about advanced software development.
New work by Ahearn and others appears on the Synthetic Web Page, which provides both examples and theory relating to the synthetic method of composition, a new way of writing poems that is being pioneered in the wild territories of Texas.