Space debris | Camera | sofa | mantel with | grape black tulips | in a white | ceramic milk jug | with sky blue dots | square mirror with | precious images of | us | floating | Can we get to there, or get back | there? | An explosive | stillness | And the fuse of thought | still sparkling | with lit gunpowder | Sealed in | to the heavens’ | moment | Orbit a memory | and beneath us, as always, the rest | the spurious | other | the continental | excess | the long, hard, fertile | splurge of the world | No

Stopped the car outside | the Madonna factory | Statues stacked in yards, wrapped in crates | seconds and rejects | Rather | drowsy after | a taxing drive | Dust | trapped inside the china wombs | goats bleating down cobbled lanes, spilling | across the dying town | I half expected | chunky furred and crowned | figures from the Trecento | to populate my dreams, we’d seen | so many paintings | The vagina | ideally | uncaressed | hymen taut | the way through | unfound | like an America | or a silent moon | though she was late | as the bells | dinged out their sweet calm chimes | herd with echoes of god | inside a porcelain head | she was immaculate | Later | we parked the car off the road | in wild woods | caught by a thoughtless urge | a pinch of flash between | our thumbs and fingers | and fucked awkwardly | climbing the mountain of our little needs | such little needs | to such pure high peaks | of snow above | orgasmic clouds | And later still | much later | after the deaths | the great deaths and the little deaths | now alone | I study the exquisite skeletons | of moments | with their glistening | thistledown bones | drifting unattached | through emptying days | across gardens and courtyards | through offices and malls | on trains | in kitchens | lounges | bedrooms | on stairways | all the time | trying to grow used | to the idea | that what I see I cannot see | not as it really is | structured to its perfect point | I see my life | not space debris


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

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