Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

Between Zero and Ten

Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

Between Zero and Ten

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0: Phoenix-nest's ring of ashes. Penelope's loom unlaced with night and knots set free. Secret geography: the flower's centered pollen compass-spun of sun and tongue of honeybees.

1: Tiny stem of indivisibility, little wand to conduct the galactic symphony; to what purpose does the Milky Way spiral-dance, while you stand apart: spinal column severed from head and body?

2: Opened stitches, where are you going? Beautiful needle, sewing

the hematite-dark night with your flight, as if all of life were only a twining and unraveling.

3: Broken wing, half of a butterfly violet-veined, chryisast, in your dye the world manifests itself whorled as lustrous lazuli.

4: Crossroads at a boundless intersection: in chess the queen, prophetess of white, foretells the king of midnight's flight, jet-lagged, to lands of rain and ruin, to citadel and wilderness.

5: Dangling half-heart or ear, to beat the port-wined blood, or hear a pulse through endless corridors of veins, where plasmic atmospheres appear and disappear. …

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