SPIKE-TOOTH HARROWS

We might, rather than lament nothingness,
make nothing of more things, ailments,
blunting the pain also of the differences
farthest from nothing, the tribulations,

shakedowns of self, forced competitions,
stagefrights we undergo without support
or wondering what the support
is, pills or terrestrial or

celestial friends: I long for a high
friend unfailing, for I have not met here
one who will not forsake —
whereas the celestial friend,

also, needn't be bedded down over the
weekend or awakened in a funk, or
lent money to, or encouraged himself,
but is constant, constant as nothingness

which we should not so much lament
as take to its wide ease,
a welcoming unsurroundable in expanse,
a quality of constancy beyond misfire; and

especially if there's nothing in us to betray,
no false structures, frail
arrogances to prop up, nothingness may
be, one to one, the very grail we quest.

-127-

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  • Brink Road - Poems *
  • Contents xi
  • A Sense of Now 3
  • Picking Up Equations 4
  • Enameling 5
  • Up-Country 6
  • Sparklings 7
  • Cool Intimacies 9
  • Fascicle 10
  • Loving People 11
  • Standing Light Up 12
  • Establishment 13
  • Broad Brush 14
  • First Cold 15
  • Regards Regardless 16
  • The Time Rate of Change 17
  • Greeting Verses 18
  • Mind Stone 19
  • Downing Lines 20
  • Whitewater 22
  • Erminois 23
  • Construing Deconstruction 24
  • Elite Street 25
  • Good Morning, This Morning 26
  • Walking Song 27
  • Sentiment 28
  • Anxiety's Prosody 29
  • The Land of the Knobble-Jobble Tree 30
  • Capabilities 32
  • Minutial Impress 33
  • Showups 34
  • Modes against Too Much 35
  • Sky Rides 37
  • Heights Known 38
  • Conservationist 39
  • A Little Thing like That 40
  • Getting about 42
  • December Starlings 43
  • Strings 44
  • Winding Up 46
  • Middling Seasons 47
  • Looking Way off 48
  • Obsession 49
  • Anger Tangle 50
  • The Deep Slow 52
  • Saying Saying Away 53
  • Line Drawings 54
  • Prey 56
  • Very High Condition 57
  • The Category of Last Resort 58
  • The Clenched-Jaw School 60
  • Ceppagna 61
  • Pit Lines 62
  • Silvering Shadow 63
  • Abscission 64
  • Microinscriptions 65
  • Readings by Ways 67
  • Abandon 68
  • Local Antiquities 69
  • Changing Stations 70
  • Collapsed Structures 71
  • Flat Rock 72
  • Flurries 73
  • The Deep End 74
  • Reasoning Power 76
  • Tenacities 78
  • Blues in the Valley 79
  • Packaging 80
  • Serpent Country 81
  • Early Stones 82
  • Connecting Misses 83
  • Evasive Actions 84
  • Tenure's Pleasures 86
  • Pressing on 87
  • The Story 88
  • Period 89
  • The Way of One's Desire 91
  • Hurricane 92
  • The Crystal Tree 93
  • A Pretty Looking Sight 96
  • Focus 98
  • God is the Sense the World Makes without God 99
  • Painlessness, to Pain, is Paradise 100
  • Flaws in Dominance 101
  • How Things Go Wrong 103
  • Eternity's Taciturnity 104
  • Killing Stuff off 105
  • Boon 106
  • Downstream 107
  • Ruin's the Palace of Commencement 108
  • Holding Heights 109
  • Walking about in the Evening 110
  • Museums 111
  • Second-Rate Perfection 112
  • The Planet That Was There 113
  • Terebene Scene 114
  • Rain Gauges 116
  • Safe 117
  • Reading Ta'O Chien 118
  • Geezerly 119
  • An Improvisation for Soot and Suet 120
  • An Improvisation for the Killers of Meat 121
  • Reckless Endangerment 122
  • Swimming Night 123
  • Ontology Precedes Teleology 124
  • Disclaimer 126
  • Spike-Tooth Harrows 127
  • Picking Where out of When 128
  • Odysseus for Eva Maria Rodtwitt 129
  • High Desiring 130
  • The Damned 131
  • What Was That Again 133
  • Prisons There and Not 134
  • Moving Figures 137
  • All's All 138
  • Hard and Fast 139
  • So Long, Descartes 140
  • Marginals 142
  • Day Ghosts 143
  • Next to Nothing 144
  • For My Beloved Son 146
  • Outlines of Absence 147
  • Same Old Story 149
  • Beautiful Woman 150
  • Cognoscenti 151
  • Continuity 152
  • Gung Ho 153
  • Appendix 154
  • Stand-In 155
  • Magic 156
  • Rarities 157
  • Old Geezer 158
  • Financial Services 159
  • Grove's Way 160
  • Rolling Reality 161
  • Thresher 162
  • Putting on Airs 163
  • Superstars 164
  • Standing on the Corner Watching All the Wheels Go by 165
  • Home Place 167
  • Postmodernist Views 168
  • Expropriations 169
  • Nitty Gritty 170
  • Enfield Falls 171
  • The Many Ways Not Supreme 173
  • Sojourning 174
  • Death and Silhouettes 175
  • Fall's End 177
  • A Part for the Whole 178
  • Lofty Calling 180
  • Weightlessness 181
  • Rosy Transients 182
  • The Incomplete Life 183
  • Chosen Roads 184
  • Summer Place 185
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