It‘s a real soap opera now as usual I deposit the 2 tax form containing
envelopes at the post office on the last possible day (and after realizing
before I left home that the lawyer (or fixer) of Agent Orange Head in the
White House was paying off not only Agent Orange Head’s female accusers
but a Repugnant Party official And a faux news star I get on the train and
write a letter under my most recent Sun Curls in Cloud Labyrinth I drew
last night during the Nor’easter feels like England all right in New England
so I tell my brother and his disabled wife I am going to the Black Seed Writers
a group so named for the Black Seed Restaurant next to the Cathedral where
a columnist from the Atlantic held meetings with the MANNA Community
and where I used to take my participants from the Labyrinth Creative Move-
ment to write poetry, too, and Bill Barnum diminutive Boston boho old timer
bought bagels with poppy-seeds and hence created a series of Black Seed
Poems about tiny black seeds on faux black marble table tops and so the
Egyptian owner changed the name from Bagel Plus to Black Seed and so
Himmelhupfen, Heaven Hopping I go on to the center carrying like a kid all
these labyrinth forms, all these nautilus spirals all these ALL ONE THING

Himmelhupfen: a sort of German hopscotch played on a chalk drawn ammonite spiral form. (The u in huphen has an umlaut over it.)


James Van Looy has been a fixture in Boston’s poetry venues since the 1970s. He is a member of Cosmic Spelunker Theater and has run poetry workshops for Boston area homeless people at Pine Street Inn and St. Francis House since 1992. Van Looy leads the Labyrinth Creative Movement Workshop, which his Labyrinth titled poems are based on. His work appears weekly in Oddball Magazine.