Poetry: Geoff Bouvier

Travel Arrangements

Down, down the opening road, and away by either blurred side pull two passive, golden fields. So hold on fast, tilted into sun-squint, trunk full of stuff, cracked window whistling a tremolo. In between songs, “The alternative alternative,” sanctions the radio.

One-Way Ticket

We’re off to hit the atmosphere with utmost fears exhausted, no returns considered, no reentry needed. To leave and leave on incredible credit – each released from the lease, right at home out of place. Goodbye ideas, so long, long face.
      Spinning wayward through the formerly onward, disorienting gloriously, unmeasured like nonsense on vastness, ecstatic – looking back on that massive endowment, the earth – her now expressionless raiment of cloud – radiant…
      Instead, our muse the void has offered up her formless curve – an immaterial body for as-if-etched words – and she moves us even as we move, on course with love, that slant of save, in which we must believe.


Geoff Bouvier’s first book, Living Room, was selected by Heather McHugh as the 2005 APR/Honickman Prize winner and was published by Copper Canyon Press. His second book, Glass Harmonica, appeared in 2011 from Quale Press. In 2009, he served as the poet-in-residence at the University of California-Berkeley. For five years, he wrote long-form magazine journalism with The San Diego Reader, publishing over 50 cover stories in that time. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, jubilat, New American Writing, and VOLT.