We look for the subtle | thread passing | through these things: | books, snow, memories

Vast arched childhood afternoons | cathedrals | of tomes | fallen | buttons of concentration glint | so fiercely | in the sun

Lips a fairytale cook might ice | pink and sweet, the thread | passing | to the wrinkled, walrus man | with flab and whisker — what is

this thread?

Rabbits skinned, and Poacher Bill | in peaked cap, raised coat collar | in hatching grained | with weasel feature | slinks through rain | a country foe | for a country reader | while Sakaran | in her turquoise boat | escapes the prince | and his Northern Army | just | so | the thread | threads them all | to books, snow, memories… gold…

In its subtlety | lies its profundity and | in its ubiquity | lies its mystery

Local, it’s personal | yellow-teethed | roué | shadow | literati | slung upon | a necklace | of delicate pearls | the passed | thoughts | of vast | arched childhood afternoons | lying on tiles | in a demolished kitchen | too still to change | watching a butterfly | flicker and clicker | against the glass | outside | through the parted door | the giant | green of summer | swells and respires | the Ayres’s boy | all glasses and asthma | and where | does he place his eyes? | It’s local, it’s | personal | a country dream | for a country sleeper | bold Sakaran | in her turquoise boat | drifting downstream | upon the subtle thread | to a subtle end…

Derelict

beads, hollowed | deserts | cars | burnt-out | whole churches | abandoned | lost to the bond | and link and | sense | of the thread

Summa of atoms | Summa of flesh | Summa of wealth or me or power | Summa of nature, Summa of “Man” | Summa of Latin, Summa of code: the subtle

fil | filo | hilo | thread | Gewinde | sutra | Xian | the subtle

thread passing through these things: | books, snow, memories… gold and shore

We look

derelict

 


from the series hypergrammar (open-ended, 2012–present)
(this poem, June 2014)

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