GALLERY: Hot lump of a machine

"Hot lump of a machine"

Image of the Engine
Likely as not a ruined head gasket
Spitting at every power stroke, if not a crank shaft
Bearing knocking at the roots of the thing like a pile-driver:
A machine involved with itself, a concentrated
Hot lump of a machine
Geared in the loose mechanics of the world with the valves jumping
And the heavy frenzy of the pistons. When the thing stops,
Is stopped, with the last slow cough
In the manifold, the flywheel blundering
Against compression, stopping, finally
Stopped, compression leaking
From the idle cylinders will one imagine
Then because he can imagine
That squeezed from the cooling steel
There hovers in that moment, wraith-like and like a plume of steam, an aftermath,
A still and quiet angel of knowledge and of comprehension.

George Oppen

PRINTS FOR PURCHASE

Prints are available for purchase at 5 x 5″ ($45) and 8 x 8″ ($75). These images are perfect for homes, studios, office spaces, waiting rooms. Consider a triptych of 5 x 5″ images at a special price.

CONTACT SCOTT

Address all correspondence to

Professor Scott Bentley
College of Arts, Letters & Social Sciences
Department of English
California State University East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, CA 94542-3037



BW-Portrait-200

If you know his number by heart
it's already too late, she said,

in sharkskin with a haircut
that they were undoing...

from "Heat Lightning"

OUT OF HAND
(Parentheses, 1989)