Cento Canto–Dennis Goza
Flying machines lay in pieces on
tar and cement, as I walked out
a cage in search of a bird
(had anything been wrong, we certainly would have heard)
making nowhere plans – stale, flat
and unprofitable – for nobody:
stuffed men, newspaper souls,
(only the shadows of their eyes)
C’est le Diable qui trient
les fils qui nous remuent
No more secondhand neon gods
let be be finale of seem.
I’d rather hear Triton blow his horn
across the floor of silent seas
I have no mouth and I must scream
“No, no, I’ll not feast on thee”
I want you to hold it between your knees.
Thanks to: James Taylor, (“Fire and Rain”); Lee Pockriss and Paul Vance (“Tar and Cement”); W. H.
Auden (“As I Walked Out One Evening”); Franz Kafka; W. H. Auden (“The Unknown Citizen”); John
Lennon (“Nowhere Man”); William Shakespeare (Hamlet); T. S. Eliot (“The Hollow Men”), Charles
Bukowski; Harry Nilsson (“Everybody’s Talking at Me”); Charles Baudelaire (Les Fleurs du Mal);
Buckminster Fuller; Paul Simon (“Sounds of Silence”); Wallace Stevens (“The Emperor of Ice
Cream”). William Wordsworth (“The World is Too Much With Us”); T.S. Eliot (“The Love Song of J.
Alfred Prufrock”); Harlan Ellison (I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream); Gerard Manley Hopkins
(“Carrion Comfort”); and Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces.
Dennis Goza who now travels the world teaching theatre and English in under-served
communities, previously toured the U.S. for 32 years, entertaining children and their adults. While a
film critic and actor in San Francisco, he was involved in the founding of the San Francisco
International Fringe Festival in 1992. A multiple award-winning poet, playwright and songwriter, he
has written more than a dozen plays for the theatre company he co-founded, and has composed the
music for many of the productions. His plays have been selected for production in festivals at Fury
Theatre in Chicago, North Park Playwright Festival in San Diego, the Renegade Theatre in Los
Angeles, the 10 By 10 In The Triangle Festival in North Carolina, and the University Of Houston. His
poetry has been published in Clockhouse, Gemini, Dime Show Review, River River, Waccamaw Journal,
Barely South Review, The Helix, The Finger, Grand Little Things, and Chariot Press Literary Review;
and he has published a volume of poems, Tortoise Dances. You can follow him around the world at