The Basilisk by Rick Mullin


In The Basilisk, Rick Mullin offers a quarantine diary with poems dating back to 2017.  Lockdown is a metaphor after the fact, constraint a paradox in poems that confess a peculiar faith in memory’s hidden design.

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  • Kind: Perfectbound
  • Pages: 86
  • Language: English
  • Date Published: July, 2021
  • ISBN: 978-1-953252-32-6


Remembrance Tree

The lilac’s breathing heavy in the pine
and hemlocks bordering our craggy yard.
The ivy’s shining from a choker vine,
the sky is bluer than a Hallmark card.
My eyes make angels in the damp perfume,
the near narcotic gauze of purple haze
that flutters on the slightest morning breeze
and greys to dust in less than seven days.
A temporary notion in the trees,
I linger for a minute then resume
my spacey progress with a tender thought
for Andrea who died so very young.
My leather moccasins, the ones I bought
from Minnesota hippies, come undone.
The grass is wet. The lilac is in bloom.


Rick MullinRick Mullin’s poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including American Arts Quarterly, Measure, The New Criterion, The Dark Horse, The Raintown Review, Epiphany, and Rabbit Ears: TV Poems. His books include Soutine and Sonnets from the Voyage of the Beagle (Dos Madres Press, 2012 and 2014), Lullaby and Wheel (Kelsay Books, 2019), and Huncke (second edition, Exot Books, 2021). He is a painter and journalist living in northern New Jersey.

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Weight 5.9 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .25 in