Snow squalls tear at petals
and you can’t see this miracle
of intemperate growth in your own back yard
or remember the slanting lane
(vision of men in flat caps
walking to work past brick warehouses)
where the parent tree began one spring –
or the granary shed
made of sun-burned hemlock and tin
in front of which where it never was before
transplanted from city shrunken leaf-nude
is dream – flowering
angels and glass candy woven in.
by Louise Carson
‘the sounding edge of a side opening’ – Webster’s
Sounds like a word old as creation:
Adam’s pain: his rib-mouth constricted, plugged.
Eve’s voice pops the cork: champagne for everyone.
On Iceland, where only the land is indigenous,
magna thrusting, they have a word for a horse’s lip:
flipi, related to fipple, as Iceland relates to England and Norway.
So this northland pony, little fjord horse,
opens his mouth to the side, blows air over that plug, his tongue,
plays his penny whistle, his fipple of unknown origin.
Rebecca Rajchgot: Iceland Ponies, 2014
Wedge. A great word
caught in my beak.
Wedge heel. Can’t be
caught in the grate.
Wedge the budgie
in his cage.
A wedge of geese
honk no surrender in a
Wedgewood sky. The manuscript
wedged under my door keeps it open.
She brings you down
She brings you down to her level,
splits with a flick.
I don’t mind her house of moods.
chocolate boxes rattle, full of shells.
Once you’re there, give up;
there won’t be any signals.
And what’s so funny about dipping your knife in tea,
when what you wanted was honey?
The fields begin to sheathe themselves
The fields begin to sheathe themselves in some
soft metal underfoot as they ripen
into hardness. The air quiets. Except
for Christmas’ three-week hum, traffic thins.
Some life has left the earth, been driven down
and in. The metal spreads its silent hymn
that sings of hardship, night; of frozen beings,
their signals lost; records the broken keen
of almost dogs. They spread out as they run
for meat. Under the trees their lines bisect
the rabbits’ shorter curves. Life joins life:
gray fur, brown fur, metallic scent of blood.