Friday, 24 of November of 2017

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Gary Lawless – Terra Nova

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Every stump is sacred.
Every stump a saint
Every silted river a church to which
the pilgrim salmon return.
Every breath of wind a love song.
We worship in wetlands,
bow to the fern, the rock,
the holy salamander,
the blood of sweet water,
the body of moss.

The soil is dreaming of trees.
The trees are dreaming of wind.
The wind is dreaming of clouds.
The clouds are dreaming of water.
The water returns to the earth.
8Without trees, the soil washes away.
The wind blows over barren ground,
and the dreams of the world are broken.

Somewhere within the shell mound
a dog is barking.
seals turn their ears
to the sound.
sand through our hands
drifts, plants
move along the ground –
to wear copper and bone,
left alone
for two thousand years.
it is where we come to
on this sunny day,
stick our hands
deep into shell and
sand, strike bone,
touch land again,
make the wind,
make the rain.
 


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Arthur Sze – Fault Lines

He pours water into a cup at room temperature,
the cup is white, but, after he microwaves it,

and before steeping a tea bag with mint leaves,
he notices outlines of shards have formed

above the water. As the cup cools, the lines
disappear, but now he glimpses fault lines

inside himself and feels a Siberian tiger
pace along the bars of a cell–black, orange,

white; black, orange, white–and feels how
the repeating notes send waves through him.

His eyes glisten, and he tries to dispel the crests,
but what have I done, what can I do throbs

in his arteries and veins. Today he’s going
to handle plutonium at the lab and won’t

consider beryllium casings. He situates the past
in the slight aroma of mint rising in the air.

Sometimes he’s an astronaut suspended
above earth twisting on an umbilical cord;

sometimes he’s in the crosshairs of a scope,
and tiger stripes flow in waves across his body.

Arthur Sze


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