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Scratch Pegasus Cover

Cover artwork and design by Robert Weinstock.

Selected from poems written since the author’s return to Santa Cruz in 2006 after a 16-year absence, Scratch Pegasus, published by Swan Scythe Press, explores themes of time, friendship, art, love, teachers, writing, music, memory, and the streaming present of the everyday, as informed by the epigraph from Albert Camus:  “The aging heart.  To have loved and yet that nothing can be saved.”

Robert Rockman

He seemed a little depressed a lot of the time
teaching the Shakespeare seminar at Bard,
and when he spoke those lines of Lear declaring
“As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods—
they kill us for their sport,” the bitterness
in his voice is something I can hear
still, more than forty years later.  He was an actor,
of course, and taught theater too, so who knows what
was moving inside him to make him sound like that.
I wasn’t planning an academic career
and he found that refreshing, but I could write
anyway, he told me, write professionally.
So this week I belatedly called to thank him.
He sounded old, not well, but said, Keep going.

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