. . . he would not intervene with the weather on behalf of the clouds whose real purpose he sought to undermine for no other reason than his own vanity.    (Alex Caldiero, Clairefontaine)


(from and answer, Alex Caldiero)



(from Vomit questions on the answering mind, by Alex Caldiero)


. . . that is how the tryst was accomplished and then the two of them sobbed to know they would never assume more of each other than what those same clouds had just before the moment the rain and nothing but rain was the grand summation of the meaning of their ever shifting forms. (Alex Caldiero, Clairefontaine)


. . . It’s important / not to walk on air / not to sound ethereal / not to become involved in eternity // keep yr feet on the ground / my ancestors would say   (Alex Caldiero, An Orphic Explanation)


. . . Too often I have to beg for a song or steal a rose for a line of poetry. And that is why I despise metaphors.  (Alex Caldiero, Vomit questions on the answering mind)



She changed the paintings that hung in our / bedroom cos I told her I didn’t like em—they were / too spacy—gave me vertigo—anxiety—they were / paintings of cross-purposes slightly floating in / space—   (Alex Caldiero, Of Body)


. . . There it is frozen in space a piece of ice the only star big crystal this early morning so cold that the air breathes itself. This is how it is this time this morning this hour this seeing this star this breath this particular.   (Alex Caldiero, Take the Rap for God)

About Scott Abbott

I received my Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I directed the Program in Integrated Studies for its initial 13 years and was also Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy for three years. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (REPETITIONS and VAMPIRES & A REASONABLE DICTIONARY, published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade and in English with Punctum Books), a book with Sam Rushforth (WILD RIDES AND WILDFLOWERS, Torrey House Press), a "fraternal meditation" called IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME (University of Utah Press), and translations of three books by Austrian author Peter Handke, of an exhibition catalogue called "The German Army and Genocide," and, with Dan Fairbanks, of Gregor Mendel's important paper on hybridity in peas. More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and dance/yoga studio manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as an ecologist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a parole officer, as a contractor, as a seasonal worker (Alaska and Park City, Utah), and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett, with whom I have written a cultural history of barbed wire -- THE PERFECT FENCE (Texas A&M University Press). Some publications at
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2 Responses to CLOUDS

  1. Alex caldiero says:

    Indeed, we are under the same sky.


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