Square Stage
WCP Magazine 1 LOGO.png

Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno

LEARNING TO USE BLACK

Learning to use black 1.png

The rambling neverseen fuses

the revelation delivered by stars.

Implicit contradictions of simultaneities

in which even a casual imagery has its own logic,

the logic of the brush or the earth.

Learning to use black 2.png

Violet cobweb fingers extend,

become a center.

The inclusive sense of rejection

creates an ejection:

a way of remaining.

Learning to use black 3.png

Burns at dawn

the embers’ night song.

Each measure a measure

of language outside speech.

Primary inked sensations free the fingers

to obtain what is inevitable.

Learning to use black 4.png

On the periphery of gray

the blue tendrils cling.

Self-referencing also references the other,

reminds us of homecomings

of which we weren't even aware,

of happenings beyond easy understanding.

Learning to use black 5.png

Paralyzed motion trapped and caged:

a weave or a web,

not entrapment but containment.

Old sensations become new

Within their intimate layered boundaries.

Learning to use black 6.png

Beneath the shallows

the octopus black of deep water.

Learning to use black 7.png

Invading forms stop at the edge,

bring calm.

Expressions expose intentions,

give way to a particular elation. 

Advanced speculation arises

from an abandonment of accommodation.

Learning to use black 8.png

Roaring landward,

the Titan waves

shatter on the rocks.

Nausithous and Nausinous

swim happily alongside Calypso.

Learning to use black 9.png

A swarm of colored events

tangled and random:

bees seeking the moon.

Pluralities overcome singularities,

fly forth: invincible.

Learning to use black 10.png

The drifting spectrum

grapples for discovery.

Twisting but not twisted,

satisfied with itself

just because.

Learning to use black 11.png

The final embrace:

color and its contradiction.

Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno

Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno is a poet, translator, painter and biographer. He is the author of more than 15 books. Night Suite, his newest book of poems, will be issued this fall from Daniels, Jensen Books.