An Algebra (Phoenix Poets)

By Don Bogen

An Algebra is an interwoven choice of 8 sequences and 16 person poems, the place photos and words recur in new contexts, connecting and postponing techniques, feelings and insights. by way of turns, the poems bounce from the general public realm of city decay and outsourcing to the intimacies of kin lifestyles, from a highway mime to a haunting dream, from elegy to lyric evocation. Wholeness and brokenness intertwine within the ebook; glimpsed styles and startling disjunctions force its explorations.

An Algebra is a piece of adjusting equivalents, a look for stability in a global of transformation and loss. it's a brilliantly developed, relocating ebook by means of a poet who has completed a brand new point of creative expression and talent.

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A protracted open sigh, a slit, every one tone has its personal wishes and calls to make you— the place, now, the place? — nip and sway, emerging to satisfy it. Flesh tune had stuck up as soon as sinks and aches. She slumps in khaki, gradual worry edging her eyes. A dancer’s tool sags in its time— so the paintings is loss, a curse its particular, relentless beat: What do you have got, what must you provide away? 3 pen nibs over the rim of a field, pencil assistance sharpened for various makes use of, brush, corked jar of blue ink set conscientiously at the sketchbook. That examine of his instruments a prayer to power, a blessing on presents: his room, an hour of sea breeze via a window, operating in watercolors the sunshine fades. Bagatelles, mere gestures in dry air, each one pluck a dot, strokes marked on silence attaining into the darkish. good looks is strict, it passes: an echo, a wedge of concord, surprising, broken—Who is going there? Barcarole those waves pushing out to sea, whitecaps erupting the place wind shoves opposed to the heart beat. Tilt of the globe, pull of the moon day and evening, this roar down a river valley— all battling within the bay. Froth now not curtains yet veils skittering over wavetops, a floor turquoise initially mild, wrinkled slate at nightfall. midday slapped the graveyard. Sun-wracked poppies in clay pots, a steep, dessicated relaxation. Strict clock, lopped calendar: time in gravel dirt, drawers of ash mountain climbing the hill in the back of me. the place is she? within the strains of one other pupil, in hers, in reminiscence, within the earth. The phrases switch, they're swimming within the ebook. those leaves— that are, he stated, grass. Ubiquitous, democratic hair at the graves of younger males. now not a e-book yet a tonic to clear out the blood— learn them, learn them within the outside on a daily basis of your lifestyles. examine: his mind a blood sponge, a daybook, open, within the working theater (dead so it doesn’t matter), the buddy sifting microscope slides as though they have been his ashes. What message, the place? The cranium coffer’s empty. No spot within the mind for Göttingen, for romance. Pages flip, memory-thin— not anything extra to learn. Who will force the auto to the medical institution after the melanoma has metastasized? A comic strip of roofs in Mediterranean gentle, speedy, tiles drying from a wintry weather bathe, kitchen gardens, vines over fences stuck within the second and underneath all of it the summary planes and angles drawing the attention (deliberate, inevitable), beginning to reassert themselves because the clouds transparent. the ocean as elegy: slap and meter of its floor, reminding, erasing, and the gradual adjustments under. What holds erodes, or diverges in filtered gentle: coral growing to be skeletons, picked bones, shells sinking into stone. sky the fairway blue of ocean, the white blue of sky while he seems up from reducing brush, he's misplaced within the solar affliction has glazed and freed him His forgetting skims throughout creek beds and hills to the Pacific A dry glint that dazzles, revealing not anything It shears off the previous, shears background Can someone continue to exist such innocence the guts is robust, physique versatile a grin and wave fastened within the reflexes learn not anything extra to learn historical past has its orders: conquistadors, then literate friars At Uxmal pages blackened within the sizzling glow files of the moon and stars, ideas for sacrifice no longer hieroglyphs yet marks that turned speech Unintelligible, barbarian, shrieking within the flames like demons Preserved now, the conquest lies dozing within the padre’s ebook Writing remembers what is going to continuously be misplaced fireplace burns out that recollection degree As he walks on level The president of fruit spreads his identify in legacy His enterprise university, his kin amphitheater A museum he paid for, with a corridor of heroes His identify gleams at the computer screen between others: Gandhi, César Chávez remarkable in pixels, it is going to constantly be remembered The fruit corporation by no means existed now heritage is a billboard to be painted over The paint is funds, the money blood whatever that occurs whatever that occurs is simply too quick to work out yet I watched it—there are images within the album under a second’s mild fastened in chemical substances Little packing containers less than a vinyl sheet long past cloudy now What are those dyes that fade on the floor that kid face you put on nonetheless less than your dermis at any time when i glance not anything alterations a photograph offers the residue of a misplaced second It claws at reminiscence like a drowning swimmer Who aren't stored diminish The myriad curb and burn the place are my armies of die-cut cardboard Map grids, conflict charts, cube within the felt-lined cup Gettysburg and Normandy worlds at 13 i'll part keep watch over historical past was once my door closed, taking part in either side bins that engulfed me disintegrate within the landfill Soaked and rotting, the worms consuming via each one small factor I make now holds its area as though to chop off time supply it again provide it back—I made all of it up That alcove the place surplus glowed lower than airborne dirt and dust Unfinished, an attic area with nails poking down Khaki of sheet steel, orange flickering in tubes Ephemeral because the smells, that have been plywood, solder, and Kents colour phrases, odor words—I positioned them in a publication every thing there's nonetheless lacking lies of remembrance: it was once consistently wintry weather issues may perhaps converse an international within the jam: stalled, clotting, heatwaves from the hoods, airport an most unlikely stroll away.

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