Inside the Ghost Volcano

By Will Alexander b. 1948 Will Alexander
With the body of a morbid hanging doll   
my aura burns
by shifts
by ambles
by mirages

by the sun in its primordial morass   
summoned from a spectral locust feast

through electric bartering grammes
living
as if a spectrum had been transmogrified
across the sum of exploded solar windows
amidst motions of viral infamy
of sudden discharge pontoons
of magical lyncean sails above ships of pure vitrescence

enthralled
by empty Minoan game dogs
debating oxygen as form
debating menace as ideal
as one listens to fire
in dense eruptional gullet
in hanging hydrogen mirrors
so that each image is shifted
back & forth
between gales & the apparition of gales

so that
unicorns from Çatal Hüyük
cease to condense as forms of the earth
but take on the body of enigma as transparence   
as blackened meteor in abstraction

the sun no longer quantified
by strange calendrical posses
but becomes
balletic differential
which ceases to quarrel
with the magic of fragment as schism

as mist
as a power cast before oasis

because the game dogs
the unicorn mirrors
spun as a wakeless ocular thirst
as a conjured distance
evolved from the force of a clarified activity

like darkened water as shock
as scale which looms as humidity   
then the eyes always focused   
as pleas for hushed exhibits

Will Alexander, “Inside the Ghost Volcano” from Above the Human Nerve Domain (Pavement Saw Press, 1998). Copyright © 1998 by Will Alexander. Used with the permission of the author.

Source: Above the Human Nerve Domain (Pavement Saw, 1998)

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Poet, novelist, visual artist, philosopher, essayist, and pianist—Will Alexander is not easily categorized. Though his work is frequently described as “surreal” and he has published mainly with small presses and imprints, Alexander does not fit any clichéd image of the generation of avant-garde poets that began publishing in the 1970s and ‘80s. The son of a World War II veteran, Alexander was influenced by the revolutionary . . .

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