Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Tuesday poem #341 : Andrew Cantrell : The shape of speech sounds

Carefully is why anyone articulate in stained white night-clothes descried in the face of one who wandered a series pressed absolutely. A foundation strained by slumber. A moon not night or near to new. A language dormant and bound in rasp of night’s dismantling.

Any series discerned carefully thus begins or forms an absolute beginning. Where moonlight in its coming call to forming senses no longer uncommon lights longer. Where cropped in beginning night's dim grasp beguiling glints come copper and comely. Where newly found beginnings carom there in wearied air. Foundations bound and stitched in series' absolute violence and blight.

No longer do nights linger where a longer light lingers there. Their straining in the very prison where their violent letters bind us with lawlike fathers and inked tongues. Now there the how-so facticity of preterition opens to a slumbering anyone the dormant and elided languages by which the face of another founds itself together with so much as any one of us.

One object come copper in cropped red light's only nothing. Neither resemblance begun nor signifying nor only a becoming-syllable. But implicate in any coming face it composes a language of objects and entities as such.

Carefully is why anyone traversed the waking volumes of these unuttered tongues. Why in sifting ashes broke a violent peace its coming descried in old and scarring airs. Why anyone sang when time abounded in an implicate opening a music taught by heretofore untaught speaking. A language mounting shining to a singing in series of its own.

Andrew Cantrell is the author of the chapbooks Phantom Equator (above/ground press) and Stratigraphy (Finishing Line Press). His work has appeared in many places, including Posit, Lana Turner, Black Sun Lit, and Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology.  He lives in Chicago where he works as a union organizer.

the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan

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