Poem for July 28

July 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Insomniac Alphabet, Part 2

N is now; N for navigate, next
O, oceanic; O, oh, oh; O was only
P is promise; P for paving blocks in bloom
Q: queen of sailing ships, queen of forgetfulness
R, the river-drowned boy, river-drawn map and border
S, sea not silent; S, the gulp the gasp the getting it down
T for timeworn thunder-fixed memory
U is undertow, influential invitation; U is uterus
V for vines across everything, climbing voices
W: with out-wit without win wind; W is for window
X, a clear mark on the accordion map
Y for yellowjacket; yesterday and yield
Z is for Z is for Z is for zero

          the start of the end of it all



    -Nancy Kuhl, from Suspend (Shearsman Books, 2010)


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