western rattle

By Roberto Harrison b. 1962 Roberto Harrison
finish, lie dead on the sorrow bed. stiff and related
to your furrowed, underlined, intention . . .
shit there, with the injected vellum that seeks
your heart. from machine with this Wake, this egg
frost beacon on the SHORE — you, Wane, U.S., Wane
itches on piled money spent, tiny boil. Seem, THEN

your crucified microscope, shimmering train
railed on decided work. this is WAKE, this means
BEGIN, your main() with her. peace, walking through city
pulses, end their made up Western, singing its shore borrowed
and stained with missiles. LOG warns this is magical rivers,
NOT tongue to be salvaged or interred with any one place

that has hers. win there — placed like dirt on the shoe
place warns. all letters, all Eastern locks penciled in with dog
interiors, let go the chain. Hopped up winds, and the granite
falling through any retrial that was schooling-less . . . without
Agamemnon warning in pushed hires and radio
made PINS. on THEN to an eye full of tunnels, real I/O

Roberto Harrison, “western rattle” from Os, published by Subpress. Copyright © 2006 by Roberto Harrison. Reprinted by permission of Roberto Harrison.

Source: Os (Sub Press, 2006)

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Poet Roberto Harrison b. 1962

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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Poet Roberto Harrison was born in Oregon to Panamanian parents; he and his family moved to Panama when he was a year old, and then to Delaware in 1969. Harrison pursued studies in mathematics and computer science as an undergraduate; after a year of graduate work in mathematics at Indiana University in Bloomington, he traveled in the United States, Europe, and North Africa. His collections of poetry are Counter Daemons (2006) . . .

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POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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