Sunday, October 30, 2011

J. Michael Wahlgren

WIDE MARGINS


yes
I conflux into me, the person
I’ve longed to be most
days I quiver mostly
away
from hex
hours,
the lemon branches
leave waters sour.

That winter,
The suits & shovels
arrive
with elegance:
fashion: long
long boots
strut a mile
until us through,
no.



J. Michael Wahlgren is a publisher for Gold Wake Press. He is author of Valency (BlazeVox Books, 2010) & Silent Actor (Bewrite Books, 2008) & an unpublished collection entitled, Chromatography.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Topher Hemann

MATERIAL SHIFT                                   

for Matthias Regan


thinking thru things
the material of it
what I thought

it would be was
more solid, more

like this voice is
almost an audible
pressure behind ear

drum—it's a click
thinking thru light

switches the ease
with which faucets
expect water

every thing broken
reveals its utility

a hammer bare to tang
returns to its
unhandleable lump

but not its purpose:
thru new verbs material

shifts as a mind
grapples not so much
with what it is but what

the word for it does
pressing against the ear



Topher Hemann grew up in rural New Hampshire, where he worked as a stonemason, landscaper and gardener.  He graduated from the University of Chicago's MAPH program in 2006. He has lived in South Korea since 2007 and teaches in the College English Program at Seoul National University.  His poems have recently appeared in The Cultural Society

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Kate Schapira [Part Two]


SAFETY FACT 5

You cannot always hear a train coming, especially high speed and quiet electric trains!


A dead one doesn’t know anything anymore
She doesn’t become a spirit with the right to hold
or invite herself to tunnel through you
If the train got me I’d be just like most people



Most speeds are high, most times cut in half
Keep coming back or reverting to undergrowth
and other things people have built—
the awkward but accurate position of “we”
destroying “ourselves” to build the railroad
I haven’t liked to pretend to be big
when I know I’m small



listening for the sounds of great violence approaching
Listening to you and the sound of movement through you
The movement we belong to like a border
between the planet’s hot history, magma states
soft ball and thread stages and the way
when the water touches us we roll up



We leave the water more full of water than ourselves
Sink gently because when you’re relatively small
gravity is not your most important force
Forces will take ownership of our surfaces
and our one day dead material
bursting with lionfish-like lights



Kate Schapira is the author of TOWN (Factory School, Heretical Texts, 2010), The Bounty: Four Addresses (forthcoming from Noemi Press before year's end), and two more books forthcoming in 2012 from Stockport Flats and Horseless Press, as well as chapbooks from Flying Guillotine, Horseless, Rope-A-Dope and Cy Gist Presses, and Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. She lives in Providence, RI, where she co-curates the Publicly Complex Reading Series and teaches writing to college students and 4th grade scientists.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Kate Schapira

SAFETY FACT 4

Railroad tracks, trestles, tunnels, bridges, yards and rail cars are private property.


When I can’t see the family of a person
I can imagine they’re their own property.
I can go wandering over your bridges and trestles
your lonely but in-constant-action tracks and yards
and weeds and tags your body’s the entrance to.
A person can be owned but not own or
the train goes the other way toward
the opening point I linger near.
Bodies are mutually exclusive—this not that—relax—
that’s the way to love them mine including yours—



The tracks stretch night and pale day.
I feel like I’d be moving in the right direction
if I were behaving in the bravest way
my bravest self imagines:
magnetic explorer! Congress of crossings!



Friction is one way to generate heat
whether you want it or not
what’s the biggest gift
a train can give us?
I don’t think it’s safety
It might be electricity
It might be outside the soaked tradition chest.



Kate Schapira is the author of TOWN (Factory School, Heretical Texts, 2010), The Bounty: Four Addresses (forthcoming from Noemi Press before year's end), and two more books forthcoming in 2012 from Stockport Flats and Horseless Press, as well as chapbooks from Flying Guillotine, Horseless, Rope-A-Dope and Cy Gist Presses, and Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. She lives in Providence, RI, where she co-curates the Publicly Complex Reading Series and teaches writing to college students and 4th grade scientists.