I’m writing before I ever arrive
at the Black Seed Writers Group
I think of the flux flotsam flow
all of us solve some cross word
puzzle beats some miracle pathway
to describe the ineffable world
all of us grokked on mind meld
confabulations of all the different
looks and incalculable im-postures
behind the vast solidarity collective
skins, the wall of sound lip bitten
and, yes uneatable set of contrary
facts rumbling around in inverted
belly of gaping cavernous All One
Thing Plato’s Cave at the cathedral
depths we gather in dense diversity


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.