It is my winter legend, as if I had
walked far through a tunnel or trench,
my winter legend as if I had survived
all I have survived but at once
and this hovering blue light touches
all my gentler desires
(and my harsher desires are wrought
of hot wax and fire. Lovingly I will
dig a hole big enough for my body
in the sand of this age.)
I am almost as fearless as if
I had knowledge of nothing.
In Dutch Flat it is freezing
but not snowing.
The coal sleeps one foot below
The pines shake and hiss:
I feel I'm yours forever, stranger land.
I negotiate the body warm and
pulsing. I negotiate its past pains
on this present day.
I know how frightened you are of fear,
of bad dreams, how frightening
the consequences of mindless movements-
but continue out of curiosity
or want of heat.
I have such an abundance of both,
The compass of my silent part, of my
Silent Part, is spinning.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
I am Flying Away.
Something has loosened its meticulous hold on my edges
and like a careless garment I am Flying Away.
The place that raised me dissipates me
and ushers me silently pineward saying,
fearfulness, you are fearsome forever the sum
of a silent and mystical equation
strongest when broken, strongest when
breathing, oblivious, taking in sun or streaming
rain, strongest Every Moment, lovely and
The only part of myself for keeping is the
finger of fire in my chest and not forever.
All else is shirked and shed as minutes.
All else is shook like snow from my jacket.
And I no longer speak a language of Despites.
To think that not long ago I felt that
I was Flying Away.
I am familiar with this relationship between
space and nearness. The lost drowning feeling
of being far from the still surface of a moment,
of glassy gentle waves evading me or my body.
I am familiar with strange newness rendered
casual and known.
I am not familiar with the moment beyond
but the moment when the charged
I am familiar with it
Posted by Allison at 12:01 AM
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
I see the fragile, missing aspect
like a vanished rib.
“These things can be
by long drive
by the estuary or
The body of the beloved
by a rock cast on water.
It goes all wavy.
And we were not milkfed.
I was fed on plum brandy,
you on engine oil.
That we have gas in our tanks
to reach the coast
is boon enough.
That we grappled
to the last-
I’m so impressed-
so impressed by the unwavering stars,
the prevalence of field,
by all you’ve collected
beneath your fingernails.
I’m so impressed
by our earthly grace
in the face of hard time.
I hardly know how to put it-
I’ll stuff this in a cinnamon box,
and send it on its way.
Sometimes all you know
are your quantitative fears,
stacked like a cairn.
Or you wake from a dream,
the face you found framed
by the snow
Sometimes you cry in the car.
And I dedicate this song to you, like
a bench with a name on it.
Hands decimated could rest now,
rest in the tidal pool of my dream,
almost as if home.
Mostly I don’t think of home,
because it carries on without me
but I lost it
and then noticed it was gone.
Softer times allow for gentler pains,
stung by nettles, stepped on a hive.
But you were caught on barbed wire,
stepped on knives.
We both of us have known the mine shaft
If a heart is a nautilus,
it makes me want things.
Long drives, drive
in a warm den of silence.Spit memories into the west wind.
Posted by Allison at 11:09 PM
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Let It Fade
Occasionally struck by the nearness
of everything, the brevity of everything,
the precious greenness of it all,
struck by how I ought to run away with my crepe-soles
collapse or not with great autonomy.
I am building a wall of books to
I do not say that I will
engage with your body as an instrument
because that I will not do
I will only remember with
eyes closed as I curl like orange peel on this
bare mattress beneath wool, your back
stretching like a country mile your eyes
open and not,
or how taking your boots off I felt
I felt vaguely rose,
and I evacuate it all now like
a mouthful of vaporized time-
drop something and pick it up,
I cannot joke about it I say and you leave
nightward, I to sleep,
Forgive this trite awakening, it is
trite in fact, but I realize so often now:
I really do not know what I want
of this day or this life
Posted by Allison at 7:58 PM
I love to love the life of the mind
as if it could salvage rather than harm-
but know I’m better off saying the rosary
until I fall asleep.
I’m slapped adolescent and pink
as lightning knocks with mounting
insistence outside the house
the Irishman says
spit in my mouth
and I do.
(When you are godlessly the slut
of your own anecdote, well then-
a mighty freedom!)
And a mighty freedom may descend
He huffs his hands, orders me around
as if I were simple, covering my face with
latticed fingers says darling did I hurt you darling
I was hurt so long ago
I still tasted of marzipan then.
I laced up
the shoe of history and
Marzipan is in the shops now, for impending
celebrations, lightning knocks, and winter
wipes its feet on the mat. I trade
my caustic tongue for marzipan.
Leaves sway and come to rest
on the morning’s euphoric dogs
out for their morning walks, they are leashed
but tied to nothing,
whereas the mind,
whereas the rosary,
whereas lightning and
the house, and yes
Sometimes sadness permeates my body from outside,
element moving through fragile membrane
or waxed paper gives beneath rain.
(It’s so fragile the thing which is hanging in the air
between us all
it’s so fragile as strung lights flicker and roll
along the limbs of sidewalk trees)
the downpour is sudden, and stunning, it’s so
creaking between the millstones
of our eyes, our warm and coursing bodies
Friend, you’re with your chickens and I wonder what you are doing at this black moment. Your insides are clean and verdant, the rind of your heart is chartreuse, you stay light- you don’t get your feathers wet, and I don’t know how anyone manages that
when my brain itches and I sob sometimes. (I have not learned to be the infallible crier of our greater state of feeling.)
I sometimes hate it
that my only currency
is my own current.
I sometimes hate it that I do not yet know
everything, cannot yet gesture accordingly,
Friend your chickens outlived the brief thrash of coastal rain and they are fine. You say they stood there back to back
and that although you knew they’d be alright, something lodged a pit in you
Something lodged a pit in me in past. I do not remember the names of my home town’s streets. I left for colors of more vivid alacrity, and
harsher peals to meet,
a collision more meteoric.
How fragile, the revealing of our weather and humble force-field.
It’s so fragile
The oppressive atmosphere, just before
lightning is woken:
the oppressive atmosphere of
an anemic Sunday collapsing on itself
like whoever’s body that was
that body was my body
And are you terrified
that cruelty wins
Are you terrified
smashes the crucial
That was supposed to be
our redemptive scene.
Sometimes even flushed
lust is not the redemptive
scene, not the denouement
fondly forgiven by critics
who know better;
sometimes the body feels
forty degrees celsius pressed up
against the impossibility
of a gentle future.
The impossibility of a gentle future
is running its hands
along our asses
and it keeps saying good girl,
and it keeps getting harder.
And She Is Incandescent Yes But
Fearfully, fearfully yours,
I belong fearfully to
my past self,
and she is incandescent, yes,
she throws things around haphazardly,
has little regard for these bones of smoke.
This fragile skin of a collapsing
don’t think there is no shadow
in the rose garden, no cutlery clanging
in the recording of the night.
She wears this pigeon-gray Zeppelin shirt
and takes it off. She lies on the sticky
chest of indifference,
then rolls to the side.
She wakes early to the sound of rain
and it feels like relief
to the forehead,
then she falls asleep again.
She does not acknowledge the
Quaking Vacuum of Terror,
which is preoccupied but
has not forgotten.
And she is incandescent yes
Posted by Allison at 7:56 PM
Monday, September 22, 2014
If it is getting colder, I am grateful
although I know that such a mercy won't stay,
because we've tossed the sticks.
We've tossed the sticks and now
we have to read them.
And I snapped those twigs in the night meadow.
I moved those rocks beneath the tent
and woke up raining.
Woke up sweating beneath spattering rain,
woke up from a terrible dream,
of deep animal discomfort.
(Mosquitos will feed on the legs
of every lover. They always have
and always will.)
I scrape a scanty barrel these days,
these end days, although we all can agree
that it's always seemed like end days
to the species that invented apocalypse.
I will face this apocalypse with
my salty eyes.
And if I seem hard, it is because
I am hard. I am hardened. In time,
I've been shanked by a bone knife.
I very narrowly made out with my life.
In my strange dream,
there is no room for dead weight.
In my strange dream, I have
a hurricane lamp in my chest.
In my strange dream, I have
a hurricane lamp for a heart.
Posted by Allison at 9:22 PM
Friday, September 19, 2014
I am having the sensation
of a thing lost.
A greater losing,
like losing a star,
it was small but
the whole sky bereft is huge
The pressure drags behind my eyes,
like calming a dog down
And meadows at night are still,
meadows at night are still meadows.
Somebody showed me a crystal ball
which reflected the world upside down.
And it was beautiful that way,
skewed vision, still a
meadow at night.
I stuffed you with moss
and all at once you were
alight and crackling.
Pull my nightgown above my head
as if it were night itself.
I will reveal the truer shape of things,
I'm only gnawing bones, anyway,
only stitching lacerations,
only cradling bare feet like a broken
one that threw wide the doors
and freed the sacrifice
Posted by Allison at 6:33 PM
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
I Intend To
I intend to swim in that lake ringed with pines. The past is full of instances of swimming:
that indoor pool in the Highlands. Grinding on teenagers in Tamarindo, drinking cans of Cuba Libre in the back of sports utility vehicles bouncing along unpaved roads toward beaches, lace of secret rip tide.
I intend to. I never remember what I
did not do.
What I did not do does not exist,
only half-existed for a moment as shimmering hologram.
Intentions are just dreams, like dreams of cliffs.
All of the cliffs I've seen, those I want to see- those mirage cliffs in An Affair To Remember.
I've had many affairs to remember, many to forget.
There is no point in thinking of all the slightly flawed piano songs
I've known and cried and
the shuffle of shoes scuffing the ground, the limes, it's hard enough,
I do read the papers though, I am up on the news. I never meant to destroy love like a delicate bough.
I never meant to do all sorts of things.
We loved one another once, crumbling vista
cliff mirage we loved
one another once
I've only ever been able to conjure something childlike for the breaking night.
Only ever felt bone-loyal to the rain. I frighten of things. But
cliff mirage we loved one another once.
Not like a man or woman, but like a tiny world, palm-held,
precious as hummingbird.
I thought that I was found but
I am not found;
that was a dry fountain. That was a lovely basket-
held no water.
When I am fearless then I will be found.
And I will heap a pyre, watch it long hours.
Every intention will burn. Only what is
Posted by Allison at 9:40 AM
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