Saturday, January 23, 2010

poem || Jeff Harrison

With One Of The World's Inks

Virginia being Virginia elsewhere is
another word altogether
for Wormswork, packing by spots
avalanche hungers wide:mouthed


words -
fanned -

responses *,

images *,

liquids *?

"each package luxuriant of snags"

reed's keyhole | conscience-crease
Virginia pointed too through train cars
"Out --" , not prophesying, swept herself
under the train,
she's buried here, but
once she pointed out
Blaise Pascal's dead,
with reeds still tigers
once she loved laboratory mud
obscurely knew rascality and palmistry
never sport, seldom a wink
often alligator tear renovation
still she was part of the best flock imaginable
drink in that ink music, Drinking Reed, with
the rest of those word detractors


flying substituted with packing by spots
those flying
("crease - liquids" -- or is that
"crease - snags"? --, and "often - added")

saw the avalanche, here a telegenic rockslide
such as you have, or might see, outside this poem,
had many a rock with many a shiny spot mirroring
Virginia being Virginia elsewhere is...
with "Virginia being Virginia elsewhere is ..."

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