Andy Brumer, Poetry Flash Contributor
Andy Brumer is a poet, writer, book and art
reviewer living in Alhambra, California. He is also a frequent
contributor to Poetry Flash. His reviews have appeared in The
New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, San Francisco
Chronicle, Newsday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and many other
publications. The author of Turtle, a collection of poetry, he
also writes seriously about golf, the topic of his two forthcoming
books. “The Wild Parrots of L.A.” was originally published in
readings + conversations magazine.
The Wild Parrots of L.A.
Another week that
might dissolve in writing.
descend and end this
but where will I go at 2?
And who will turn the
radio back to the jazz station?
When I drove into
at 3 in the morning,
I felt the heat and the dark
were mine until the others
woke to use them.
Now my dreams
had better guide me more wisely
through the day.
This is what the wild parrots of L.A. told
me as their murky shade
flapped its flesh over Alhambra.
There was dignity
gawk and glide,
and I believed
what their big-beaked leader
I read Jung
and drink my frozen orange juice.
I call them poems,
these letters written to myself,
though I let others read them.
When half of me
into the juice
I’ll never be whole.
I’m feeding memory
and Vitamin C
to a darkness
as healthy as light.