man on the womoon

from by peter j hochstedler

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Handmade casing with premium watercolor paper, hand-stamped minimalist artwork with guache color added by finger. Individualized and rare!

    Cost covers BOTH June 2012 releases, The Saltpeter Wars and Desert EP, in one double-CD case.

    Includes unlimited streaming of the saltpeter wars via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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is this my house?
is this my house?
it is faced like a clock face
it is chaste in the moans that it makes
I am the only one in here

is this my body?
is this my face?
it faces the moon’s phases
I keep my hours in piss and prayer
I am the only one in here

all hail the man on the womoon
he is face without body, he orbits slowly
shifting the shadows in my room
howling out ghastly or lovelily lonely
unto the chambers of my house

is this my country?
is this my land?
it is defaced by its own hand
its arms are steroidal
its sickness unavoidable
it keeps its hours with a shining sand

is this my bourbon?
this my rye?
this my lunar lullaby?
a disembodied rocking chair--
I am the only one in here

all hail the man on the womoon
cawing out a crow’s cacaw
or bearing a man’s maw
I count the corners of my room
are they quickening toward me
oh, impossible morning!

I hail the man on the womoon
does he have a brain in that orb?
or some invisible cord?
I hear the laughter of the loon
ocean is bending beneath us
laughters, lapping, enwreathe us

god help the man on the womoon
his brow is buckled
he a self-made cuckold
he playing the shadows of my room
closing them in like wolves,
opening like jaws--
are the people in this house?

I had my mind made up for me
someone fashioned it for free
wound it up with a face like a clock
in a room that is dark
and a loon’s lonely laughter


from the saltpeter wars, released June 18, 2012




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