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from Memory Swerve




grave
wrangled
in the night’s
rites

embalmed
head
dreamt
immunity

held-on
catch
whatever
was caught

had been singing
not enough
on punative
wings

local football team
scribbled on Polish
rocks
thin lines
nodding
out
returned
lagg’d
humm’d
and
drawn
made it a road
made it
a windflag
had it nowhere
bound
loose

unanswered shout
of ships

blue
back - - blue
loose

occupied in the descent

orbiting it
seem’d
what was read
at sky’s end


had been arrived
at again

sworn letter-
less water
mimed
into memories

loose
descent
inwardness
meant
sisphoned
into
awareness
where
mouths
dwell under
rocks

so as yet—convergence—insisted
on the move
extent
of duress
meant
inwardness
meant hanging
around
in lost &
found

a ghost
in every sound
regretting it seem’d
a run-
away

apocryphal feet
across
the fiery
page

incineration
of hope
and lightnotes
burst
soundings
in the
memoryskull

sickness slides through
language

how far
even
so
in the nous
of unknowing

regretting it seem’d
a runaway
sickness

water transpired
in every
sound

a convergence
meant
descent

sons of darkness
wash’d
up
in memorytide

infinity of everyone
smiling
at stairway’s
end

ah ha
got a hold
on us
to see
what
comes
soon-come
memory
only an instant
got
a hold
on us
lost
in the swell

it was done &
undone
keyless
repetitions
arrived
at
in the descent

often splint’d
throat’d
or
nett’d

nostrilmouth
in the orchestral
roll call
languished
in language

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