Stillness is an acre, and his body / idles, deep like heavy machinery
I'm trying to remember how everything settles down // after a fire.
Sky-eyed, / I would endure octaves
I still don't know what resides at the back of one's mouth. / All of it is forgery: steel to stone and wood to bone.
the whirlpool eats itself, petal by petal--then the whole rose / into a blackened stem.
the inverse of this world must be full / of constellations
the voice of my mother / through the electric fan chopped into bits.
disappointment hung in our faces, but / we shucked it off
The loon jerked / then folded like a napkin
The heart pumps its box of inks.
the bric-a-brac of the closet was a visual ache.
In the mirror, I was all fishbone.
There was nothing to do / except disguise my life as the next.
The world / was the shock of wasps, and wine passed from the mouth / of a bottle between boys. Time was a polished balloon.
this woman's thigh, dark / like the perpendiculars I had bleached all summer
The sky / was unpinned
the stars, muddy in the swath of factory steam
Road kill / streak by in their infinite suicides, pelt after pelt
brown skins, dappled / with paint and insect bites, were as pastoral as
the understory / which held all things in its cold radiance.
there are mysteries more merciful than the dark.
the past's nameless paperwork
The surfers practice / their cursives on the waves.
you look so / kindred, so swift, so uncaught.
the lots filled with grasshoppers / could scissor me out of summer's bright face.
have knocked over the feeders // and I've stopped setting out suet but
still they come-- / like little nudges, little threads tied to my thumb.
barbed wire fence cut its meandering spine
because my adoration was an anchor // like a blackberry thorn on her dress
the sun now has just / hid like a child behind a fish tank
Small mouth / sipping breath, you are fish-strange
gust cuts / dead branches from the pine and the drifts / lock our cars
in. But I'm still counting-- / the non-stars in the winter sky, / each
hazily wrapped and strobing.