“The uncle never mentions / his nephew / in the casual back-alley banter
“When I say the word / mother / you think of your own”
“It can go both ways: / the Hebrew can enslave / the Egyptian.”
“Perhaps the first world was as ordinary / as a trip to the dentist:”
“The scriptures use idioms / but apart from phrases / shaped by sheltering translators /
they have little room / for euphemism.”
In this first episode of Season 3, Joe reads the titular (yes, you can laugh at that word) poem from his soon-to-be-released book of poems responding to the book of Genesis.
“The beginning was about tidiness / and arrangement, forming coherence / from chaos, a sculptor and a universe / of loam, a painter with words for bristles….”