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

15. satellite
machines of metal and ceramic
pass overhead, shining their secret light
that I cannot see. another machine
of polymer and silicon must translate these
god-like mysteries:

sometimes it is a voice that I love,
secure and smooth, gentle words
wrapped in the hush of snowdrifts.

sometimes the voice is overpowered
by the anger of a nighttime sandstorm;
each grain's movement coded in binary vectors,
separately invisible, but collectively blotting out
the Milky Way like a wave of ink falling across the sky.