Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Will And Testament Found In A Dead Man's Room

In life, a rhetorical enclosure;
in death, the walls remain
as delimiters, discretely
parsing the without
from within. If a forest
closed 'round in the years following
his departure, an owl's call
will splinter the pastoral
silence on any given night
and the world will shrink away.
A blink of whiskers. Then haste
to steal the last crumbs
from a sack of rice in the hutch,
the hunger that eats caution
and gnaws at suspense
in the same shining dark
that fell over his eyes
and into his possession
in his last hours, folded
into his estate so as not
to escape indebted.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

To a dead man’s room

Did you always feel aired out, or
bleated, as in an empty O; pathetic

parenthetic; the walls ringing
for that which they’re without; was it

so, or did the opened space
hold full possession of the loss;

an ocean breadth in which
the act gets carried out, & out.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

if they catch us tonight, we hold court in the street, awaiting

the arbitrage of the morning- stars. Plumage of tongues

rattling in enameled cages, grinning warlike as chimpanzees;

we be the dogs that scent
the havoc, electing the weak.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


All tomorrow’s for reservations. People ask
for masks and venues to wear them while I
like a comma, scenting bright
pixellated warmth, follow a girl
through nearly hermetic conversations.
I don’t ask her name because
I can feel its memory in clots of braille
on my tongue, a thing known only
to nociceptors on fingertips
and I want to go blind.
All my words are inmates rattling
enameled cages, begging pardon
in sentences from a Panopticon tongue.
I crack a beer with my eyesocket; the cap lodges,
blood monocular. Then the lights go red.
I am costumeless. Decoupled.
Somewhere a train is leaving.
And when the speakers’ volume calves
I drift away,
the silence denudes me.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

A Convex Hull

Inward I go mute
teething a thought that gestates
and passes with the gravity
of a kidney stone, under inversions
of trilobite battle formations
lit by the capillary effulgence
spreading from the single lamp
that depends from the ceiling.
The walls bicker and vie
in race of palettes.
In the morning
my landlord will finish painting
and fully translate the room
but now with all the furniture
tucked in a corner my echoes
triangulate and return amputated,
toppling on a dry hypotenuse.
The room contracts to bound
the irreducible space of self:
finite, cutaneous and lacking
in positive pressure it spills forth,
scalar like fever escaping a clean room,
then I have a voice again.

Sunday, July 25, 2010


The sun bakes the soil
in an earth reduction.
Hydraulics lick clean a fjord
whose limestone tide leaves
by the truckload.
The ground retreats from the sky,
sloughs like scar tissue
from new skin, births foundations
for structures antagonistic to nature;
gas stations risen to the surface
like botfly larvae; stria of motorways.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Or, early, hearing errant things
turn error, the tear among
letters carries you back