Sunday, February 10, 2008

Triangulation by Sue Chenette

after JKD’s "Overland," posted Feb 6, which is in turn after "drafts from Winter Constellations" by Nate Pritts.
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as if in the wind-tossed grasses
inheres
...............some crystalline geometry
.....................susceptible to triangulation

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.....................the dealt world, its wick and flame

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beneath the sky’s cobalt clatter

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*

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But always iceblink
a shimmered horizon—
..............twined paths and yin-yang clues
..............constants refracted under lake water

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Our deceptions opening doors into strange light

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*

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The stars spiked, windblown

patinad with myth
............
witness to our displacements

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..................what became of stone?

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Once, a woman, traveling:

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*

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followed a trace of glazed spice
mulling star-formations and window-glints

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their dislocated and sporadic clusters

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*

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early sun, moonlight burning through
a rage for some defining order

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.........................falling
along long distances
.......rusted reflections of bodies rolling in sleep
....................& then afterward
........................................& further
until then;

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*

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skeletal dance in wind-tossed grasses

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staggered and jagged, cleft, flung

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how to keep
the wind-wrenched night in check

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....................... ..embers
rekindled to an ordering rage

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..........................small patter of sparks
..........................against the wide sky

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*

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Birch trees bend to their waists
in the gusting wind

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..............................poems like closed eyes

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............apart from the fire’s whispers
............the rustle and fall of small deceptions

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slips of peeling white holding moonlight

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1 comment:

Michelle Noteboom & Jennifer K Dick said...

LOVELY poem SUE!!!! I adore some of the sounds, the wind reflected by the movement of the poem both lyrically and physically! I wonder whether Nate Pritts is reading these, and hearing how far his initial poem's vocabularly has blown on the winds of its vocabulary, themes and sounds. I think it is such a compliment to echo and respond to another's poem, and certainly with a response at la hauteur of the original. Thanks Nate & Sue!!!