In here, this I can achieve

In here it is about my next act.
No call to delve into the soul,
its tunnels in opposing directions,
dancing city of lights or wind-swept hell.
No call to dwell on this question mark
of a world, its threats poised to kill.

No need to watch the construction,
the bulldozer, dump truck, or crane,
above a discount store long-vanished
and recall the erosion of a class
below the condo-life but above the scraps.

Here, on this expanse of sea-blue mat,
the question: bicycle crunch or v-sit?
My body readily replies—
I contract my abs and lift up my legs,
extend forth my arms and count to thirty.
This, I tell myself, I can achieve.

In here, this I can achieve.


Most often, Thomas Gagnon has published articles, reviews, and essays, for Boston neighborhood newspapers and online literary magazines. Then, in 2002 or so, Gagnon met a poet local to Boston named Jack Powers, who gave him The Book of Hours: Prayers to a Lowly God by the early 20th century poet, Rainer Maria Rilke. After reading The Book of Hours, Gagnon has written poetry as well.

Judson Evans is a full-time Instructor in the Liberal Arts department at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee where he has taught a range of courses, from a Poetry Workshop on haiku, prose poetry and haibun, to a course on theories of cave art and the role of the cave in ritual and philosophy. In 2007 he was chosen by John Yau as an Emerging Poet for The Academy of American Poets. He was one of the founding members of Off the Park Press, and published work in each of its three anthologies responding to provocative contemporary painters. His most recent work has been published in (print journals) Laurel Review, Folio, Volt; 1913: a journal of forms; and Green Mountains Review, and (online journals) White Whale Review and Amethyst Arsenic. He won The Phillip Booth Poetry Award from Salt Hill Review in 2013. He has collaborated with composers, such Mohammed Fairouz, Mart Epstein, and Rudolf Rojhan, who set several of his poems to music, as well as with choreographers, dancers, musicians and other poets, including Gale Batchelder, and videographers Nate Tucker and Ray Klimek.