secret of how you smuggled sixteen thousand heavily
across the Mexican border into Texas.
Your secret of where you hire pack elephants in Cleveland,
and of what their mysterious cargo will be.
The secret of your continuous pajamas,
your frostbite secret, your exploding handkerchief secret.
No one will find out from me what is behind
the enormous painting of Charles Dickens on your dinning room
From "Secrets" by F. Keith Wahle
Keith Wahle is a Cincinnati, Ohio native. Wahle’s poems
have appeared in a diverse array of literary journals including “The
Paris Review”, “Ellipsis” and the “Cornfield
Review”; this feature represents the first collection
of Wahle’s writings and performances presented in the
web medium. Off the page, Wahle worked in the mid 1990's
to help develop the now annual Cincinnati “Performance
and Time Arts Series”, Wahle is also a three time Ohio
Arts Council Fellow, first, in 1984, in 1990 and again in
2003. On stage, Wahle is known for his memorable collaborations
with dancers Judith Mikita, Cheryl Wallace, any many others,
to bring physical form to his incisive use of vernacular.
Seven books of poetry in all, Wahle's last three books, “A
Choice of Killers” (1998), “Farewell to Happytown” (2004)
and "The Invitations" (2006), feature photographs
by Brad Austin Smith and Amberlyn Nelson. Feature
includes work from "A Choice of Killers", "Farewell
to Happytown" and includes video perfomance of "Secrets",
and an exclusive "Secrets" broadside poster.