Academic journal article Chicago Review

Brise Marine

Academic journal article Chicago Review

Brise Marine

Article excerpt

after Stéphane Mallarmé


my Dutch clipper

into French Guyana

I hold the microphone

like Jim Jones

before the coronation

full cryptomnesia style

tramping about

my fantasy library

I thought the quatrains

were mine, not unsatisfied

tides limping back

I give what it takes

colossal retreats

in remote antiquity

or any place where

the vaults are cumulus

& brighter than Venus

who's insidious red

is this anyway? The

blood I asked for

was to snare ghost

a foreign intelligence

now I'm rendering

transparencies & crushing


to unknown dust

"look to last forever

or do what you want"

the orientation varies

to better the presence

not encode the encounter

see these gardens

layering their alien

tatters or this vulture

chased with gold

tubing, never mind

the curse holds

to every line

its emeralds pinned against

my antique air

now everyone finds a way

to be vague & indistinct

scratch that, "profoundly

variegated," how bitchy

"all these books

read in abject zenith"

too much cathedral

in the rented shadow box

I climb the royal mast

& watch the orchids

fall back to form a hand

the aways are always pure

black light never blue

oh heart, just be still

listen to the chants

of the sailor song! …

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