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monochrome Susan Wald

light’s
instant

disorder
at side

deformed

miraculous
tongue

endless

incurable

secret stares
& weeps
to serpent
& stone

slave always
slave

goat
goes
gets throat cut

shadow within shadow

disappearing
maps mind

combination
colliding
into curves

silence
within silence

come
conséquent

return to region
of remembering

beg moon
save skin

sorrow suspends
strings

in sight
stand

become
blade

baptized
in bile

hearts
determine

just so

no more

sound
true tension

suck serpent’s tongue

salivate into shell

hear

here
night knows

hell horizon

pity
pity

ô pity
pitty

race
knot in night

stakes
in sea

endless expanse

howl
& lay
in lavender

cradle
cross
roads

wail
drifts

go
in circles

leave
tears

mourn
consequence

smashed
against rocks

tear’s
savage serenity

hold hands
to wind

wait
for water

take
to task

(these wounding words
transferring
through palsy)

fatigue enemy
who watches
shape of shadows

who watches
stars
satellites
or saints
drone

numbers
without names
(peshewar
or peshito)

clouds
cease

account
for this
machine

out
of order

speak
end

fog

outskirts

ruins

calculate current
& consequences
evanescent
extinction(s)

carve calculus

coldly
into
chest

hear heart
beat

beat
raptors

ravish remains

hold conception
in contempt

glide
& grasp

scared

snowstorm

remember

remember
weeping
before banquet

go
at end

come
chant
cantata of condemned

come

come

sweat
& sing

blind
perfect

distance
burden

time
meek
but
close
creature
closer

circumstance
clear

clear

vain venture

come cruel

converse

complicit

haunt

answer to
apes
in garden

complete strangers

stay so
perfect

walk

hold arms
this
time

tool
stored
for epic work

feast
fall
satisfy stars
circling
circles

act
of love

look

look

wait

roam
amongst rats

count
claws

count
blood
& bone

soiling
soil

scream

specters
wrench wonder

on knees
begging

begin
dance
fabulous
& fatal

concede
to circle

damage
dimensions definitively

run

run

state
of things

business
of living

serious
slaughter

remember
good

clear

good

hide
behind globe

gather gravel
gargle

go with goat‘s
song

turn
to toppling towers

lay down
in lavender

flame into flame

speak solemnly
hurling
in horse’s hours

count
emanation’s echo

eloquent science
crafted quite casually

fall
rope
sun
consider climb
clouds come
fall
night’s
earth
clear
clouds gone

dance
with reflection

time
walk
collect crowns
rest
in thorns
burn
orchids
burn
come
patient

cry
in crowd

go
moment into moment
circling

call
to light
massacre’s melody
this night

remember
plain of jars
laos lost
in clustered
leaves
burning
& burning still
still so still

swallow serpent’s saliva

grieve
absence
blind
sight
wait for
some shadow
silhouette

wall
no numbers
dance
turning
tune turning
tune to terror
particularly perfect
love line’s
fine fear

draw
triangles
name
body
slave
soft
stone

history hardens
come
next
in line
lose
distinction
forgotten
confess climb

close so close

this
story
sacrament
route
song
time
within sea

time
(resurrecting rocks)
trials over

this
time

listen
slave
night knows
nobility

go

go
follow torrent
to fork

gather instruments
natural force
total war

night knows night
gasp
air
grind
shake
soil
sink heavens
down
decimal point
light
below

take rest
work being
remember
dying
tell tiller
present
posture
not much
more

absolute absent
poor
washed pure
poison
cross
river

come
to fortune

horses dream
run
silent
here

breathing breath
run
carry heart
palms
concealed
name
look
for man
ash
blood
wait
leave truth
to helmsman

look
at
emperors
disappearing
disappeared

still
so still
born
to die
tongue
fore
casted
mining
meaning
you landscape
geography

death
woken up
earlier

dots
& lines

destiny
station
cross
conspire
to cry
openly
call captivity

bring down
building
state
crawl
narcotic
night
mime
memory’s
four horses
come
compose
being

sight
silent
in hell
measure
waiting
collect
cards
faces
& names
name
before barrage
end
in silence
remember
robe
of ropes
lion eagle
& ox
shadow
with shadow
understand
clear
time
late
too late
stay
sing
to serpent
& stone
slave
number
written
on back
all
time
come
weep
hear
horsemen
configure
clouds
sing
head bowed
come all
falling
stand up
forgetting
time
night
gathers sounds
origins
another
time
look
back
sleep
shame
come
true
this
possible
enter
simple science
name
count
here
turn
beat body
breathing
impossible
seconds
count
beginning
ride
white horse
name
clue
or curse
smoke
& ash
come
apart
in
time

Christopher Barnett

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