Carol Muske-Dukes

Carol Muske-Dukes is the former poet laureate of California. She has published four novels in addition to her many books of poetry.


"A For Sale sign likens it  
to a house on a cloud,  
a sunrise mosque. It has  
patterned tiles with sickles

of wheat or hashish. And wickets,  
a porte cochère engemmed
with rotating spots.
Maybe a neighbor, through

a closing door,
saw grown men cry out
in a frenzy, on a cold floor,
to a god no one comprehends."

- from Ex-Embassy