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

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Born in San Antonio, poet Andrew Joron was raised in Germany, Massachusetts, and Montana. He earned a BA in the philosophy of science at the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied with anarchist philosopher Paul Feyerabend.

Addressing the trajectory of his work in a 2010 interview with poetry blogger Christopher Nelson, Joron explained, "A fascination with sound, with syntax, and other properties of language . . .

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