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Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno


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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.

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Violet cobweb fingers extend,

become a center.

The inclusive sense of rejection

creates an ejection:

a way of remaining.

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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.

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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.

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Paralyzed motion trapped and caged:

a weave or a web,

not entrapment but containment.

Old sensations become new

Within their intimate layered boundaries.

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Beneath the shallows

the octopus black of deep water.

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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.

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Roaring landward,

the Titan waves

shatter on the rocks.

Nausithous and Nausinous

swim happily alongside Calypso.

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A swarm of colored events

tangled and random:

bees seeking the moon.

Pluralities overcome singularities,

fly forth: invincible.

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The drifting spectrum

grapples for discovery.

Twisting but not twisted,

satisfied with itself

just because.

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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.

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