the zenith
the channels of the television sky
the nadir
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ANODE -|- elsewhere -|- [poetry] static -|- the television sky -|- waterproject 1998 -|- aurora -|- [fiction] -|- intimations of geography

02. The Winnowing (decimal)
4. Spectroscopy II

The stars below
were known and located,
each according to their street names
and symbolic renderings.


9. Pulsars

Afloat on the sea of
the ether, wending and flowing through the vast emptiness
that we could contain in our eyes but hardly encompass with
    imagination,
are the ancient hollow voices of millisecond rattlings,
each tuned to a specific and unique frequency.

The symphony of collapsed and
wildly spinning stars sings to me in my dreams.


8. Torus

A ring of water,
ageless,
flowing,
and insidiously stable
was the delineation point,
the location from which we diverted.


2. Spectroscopy I

The stars above
were known and located,
each according to their spectrum
and fluctuations.


0. Levity

We fled
to the hills
and the mountains
to be nearer to God.


7. Singularity

(a microscopic dot, twinkling on an endless floor,
and consumed, brighter as falling through friction-filled
   sky.)

Watch my eyes gaze downward, burn through under cloak of
    darkness,
and crumble into a handful of dust,
leaving behind only strobed afterimages
following your glance;
your longing eyes swimming in the soul of another.


5. Corrosion

You reached down
to the ground
below us,
and showed me Eliot's fear;
a handful of dust.
Without words, I understood.


3. Rotation

I gazed up above the winding star-dragon,
saw the crooked W of Cassiopeia
and the cooling faithful ember of an ancient explosion,
instantly, the bowl of the sky overturned,
spilling out stars over the countryside below.


1. The Vision Quest

You pulled me along,
up to the most distant hill we could spy from your rooftop.
Night fell. You broke silence.
I can't remember your words,
but I remember the constellations mapped out for us;
Arabic, Western, Chinese, the zodiac curled and writhed
    above us.
I think you wanted to show me Cassiopeia.


6. Gravity

I
was
dis-
carded
by
you;
cast
down
like
the
first
stone
at
a
whore.