Elegant, but without purpose | In remote caves, hermits | polish their isolation, peg out | their spirits in a speechless sun | to writhe and | truly | be | Pervasive, yet unfelt | ambient | unnoticed | A riddle | no one is asked | intricate | punning | On TVs, murderous bombast | from concerned politicians | softened | into byways | sidings | pallid ferns | seen through frosted glass | Natural, like the growth of horn | nail | Rolls and spins | not yet | altered to arrest | pinched, vicissitudes in winter | Fenced back, but ended in a motel, lost hours | startling | young deer in a green glade | Made a | hollow | by sleeping heads | inane | fronds wave in glacial currents | shed wings | stood | walked and shed | bones | shed | seeds | lay down | slithered, shed | scales | clumped | hunched | grew | slower | emitted spines | disclosed | unsettling perfumes | popped | shrunk | shed thought | shed care | ceased | dreaming

Collecting holes | Secret | momenta | what the rain | needs from the walls | Follow | the contours | Flow round | the obstacles | Tickets | in pockets | discovered | later | journeys’ | dust | Distilling | occult | liquors | Run for a train, drop | your newspaper | Glands | swell | Heads | burst | Contains | disappointment | Roots | curl out, feel | Sleep very deeply, gliding down | like snowflakes | falling to snowflakes | scarecrow of nerves | gossip | Seeks light, claims | space | Mushrooms indifferently across highways | Flowers | in graveyards | Made sense, but only to a few | Rode silently through town at dusk, for some, their last sunlight passing

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from the series fleeting pixel (series of 1,000 poems, 2012–2016)

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