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Psaltery & Lyre

Words for Levitation

Can you put your hands around me like a muffler, season of grapes soaking in oak, season of crows, season of your husked voice whispering across the sheets, are you naked?  Will you touch me first?

Two Poems

I put my faith in algebra. / And Wallace Stevens, of course, / / his quantum heresies, his dominion, / coffee and oranges

Where I’m Heading

Inside, two pews made / from wooden pallets / the sea coughed up, an altar / of bleached driftwood

At Summer’s Decline

my wife, / / rising from a dive, turning to me, / gathered the rare light and wore it.

“You Are My Sunshine”

Lemon sunlight stripes the hospital bed, / and morning chases off the lulling blues

Horses

And I expect a clattering of limbs, / the burning shriek of a horse / / suddenly sideways

Two Poems

my secret / footprints, / dark blue / hard metallic

Nüshu*

Once there was a language of women. Once / there was script for / “world” and “womb” outside / the characters of men.

Confession

It’s only late in life you understand / sacrifice: the bees died trying / to save the blooming world.

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