Le Nombre Des Ombres

By Andrew Joron b. 1955 Andrew Joron
The faster I travel
          the slower the world dies
Inside the head of a flower
The sun’s
          a swinging pendulum
—all Radiance is progress
Of a pre-existent stillness
Stone, inspired
To fluency
          curves thought
          toward the drinking of Its shadow
   grail: grille: grid
The lines recursive to impalement
          one point alone
          sings cumulative, crowding negativity
My apparitions
          distorted by star-tides
Fail to approximate zero
Where sensation’s tip
Crumbles to ash
Radio-profile turns, edged with dark cries
          objects unfounded
          of medieval prophecy
The heavens too grow cold

Andrew Joron, "Le Nombre Des Ombres" from Trance Archive, City Lights Spotlight No. 3. Copyright © 2010 by Andrew Joron.  Reprinted by permission of City Lights Books.

Source: Trance Archive (City Lights Books, 2010)


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Poet Andrew Joron b. 1955

Subjects Living, The Mind, Time & Brevity, Nature, Stars, Planets, Heavens, Social Commentaries

Poetic Terms Free Verse