Academic journal article TriQuarterly

Sky Dive

Academic journal article TriQuarterly

Sky Dive

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His body floats through a vast spate of noise rushing; his ears fill with it, his weight a splayed nub of possible transformation. From below he may seem still in the sky's vault, but he does not share this illusion, being his own imminent dread impact. He could impede this pure transport simply by opening his chute, the small bulb blossoming about him turning plummet to feather, arrest it all by becoming just another body slowed against its own immediate dead end. Though he is a being skydomed above the flat ground beneath him, flipping and falling, his eyes band the grass and woods and high-way fissures so he surrounds himself with everything he plunges toward, spinning a cocoon through the sound he turns in. Da Vinci's spread- eagled homo exemplus to the life, he draws into the sphere his motion clarifies a softball game, the phut of a tab top, couples languid in the afternoon, traffic of enzymes, a bell tower clapperless, two wrens under a forsythia, a pot of Russian Caravan steeping - everything not anything beyond its one instantaneous moment. …

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