for Walt Whitman.




Barb and spine,

column and procession—

rungs of helix fit

under lens. This rough art

stammers forward.

A ligature fits

between shadow

and foreground

of pealing and striking

marches or hymns.

Carbon, carbon, carbon,

phosphate, arc

and bend, arc and bend!


Fits and starts

meet in concealed mesh:

a grid, a filter, a screen.

Invisible and tangible—

the combined effect

stitches souls

and bodies.  Filament,

filament, diaphysis,

wire stretch between

thighs and language,

sound and teeth.




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