Ash, posy, shroud. The looming shadow grief casts. Grief as a geode. Morning, mourning, confusion. An utterance to distinguish.
Deny, decipher, demand. M sounds, D sounds. Swallowing air, gulping vowels. Wait for the inevitable. Forestall.
To spell is to write, to spell is to cast magic. Tossed everywhere, confetti of words. The spell is the naming. I whisper the name, an invocation, invitation. The need to repeat.
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy
Susanne Dyckman’s most recent collection of poetry is A Dark Ordinary (Furniture Press Books). She is also the author of equilibrium’s form (Shearsman Books) and three chapbooks, Counterweight, Transiting Indigo, and Source. Her work has been published in a variety of journals, and a new chapbook written in collaboration with Elizabeth Robinson from Dancing Girl Press. She has co-edited both Five Fingers Review and Instance Press, and for a number of years hosted the Evelyn Ave. reading series. She lives and writes in Albany, California.
This is Dyckman’s second above/ground press chapbook, after Source (2014).
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