Issue 5: Robert Mueller

Not Too Much Like the Other Poem

Perhaps he was a boy

perhaps they were the fish were

the swim-withs in this room

in this home he had a father.

He had a gentleness of lossings

and the crew on the boat was finishing

its package of salad sandwich

in wax paper for

the morning cut the crust trim

the teeth of barracuda night.

I think a detectiveness had lessons

and a boy he was gentle

and a rooming to be desired I thought.

Perhaps it was a night for me

all night staring of the days and days

only fighting away a little

on playground as if the wrapping

were not tight enough or trimmed

enough or cornered enough like the ball.

Perhaps this basket was not ten-feet-tall

the swimmers of the rooming would have been

fine lining through more delicately shored.

I can’t say I love the boy or loved to be the boy

I can’t say I loved anything I can

say he had a father and with the father

were the boy’s fish it seemed lovely.

For I must have known sure what that was that.

The boy’s locks are unfrozen as the room

in the home was there any other boy’s life

to be feeling with and not just the toying?

Are the fish in the picture entering

perhaps there was the boy and perhaps the fish

not hapless a certain comb hangs from the ceiling

are the fish entering no cause to be alive

enough to cause ceiling a somewhere the camera

and if the fish are entering if they are not stirring

flawless and impenetrating are they a life?

Sounding as it may seem the lights are on

again a flap trips into the currency

of the swim-withs the peripeties in a silly lie

was I to say sickly no not the mirror vision

the other version of the boy perhaps

and the life perhaps and the trimless swim-with.

Robert Mueller’s poetry can be found online in Moria, SugarMule and Spinozablue, and in print in American Letters & Commentary, First Intensity and elsewhere. He has authored poetry reviews and a number of scholarly and critical articles ranging from an original composition at the Barbara Guest home page in the Electronic Poetry Center to discussions (in ELH) of the intricate courtiership involvements during the reign of Elizabeth as they may be reflected in Spenser’s Faerie Queene, and (in Centennial Review) of John Ashbery’s versions of poetry in the phenomenal flux of Hegelian dialectic. He is a contributing editor for the brand new Far Out Further Out Out Of Sight, an assembly magazine with one issue under its belt that is also available online, and is responsible for an entry in the forthcoming My Word! Contemporary Writers on the Words They Love or Loathe from Sarabande Books