Academic journal article Chicago Review

Neither Waving nor Drowning

Academic journal article Chicago Review

Neither Waving nor Drowning

Article excerpt

Come dance, the water point of leverage

firm at the scribbled back, generous to a defect

otherwise sponged from the pool. You plural

yet less than one, sneezed up in an ecstasy

I forget and mount. White thins to nothing

as blood does. Repelled by like, like

similar only as an overlay map is to me

is a hexagon-guarding sentry, cut off like a cock

-le picker at spring tide. Never asked to work

here, sat on by a fat man's thigh, nine-tenths

dead or immobile I cannot be sold.

On an unfamiliar glass-scape you take bubbles for me

at first, and you're not wrong, pillow or pillar

a film too thick for the depth of field.

I am inexperienced of these voids, follower

of gradients I cannot simulate

and only the helper, you thrashing in spirals

guides me as to the look of those few rushing by.

The mirror is not quite here, in the wet gap

distracting my face from how many surfaces? …

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