"Raw Rain Letter" and "With One of the World's Inks"

Raw Rain Letter  

raw rain
  below hands' shade
              splendid drop
life underfoot        water years  
  turning bare marvels
              mirror overwhelms grave
rain, with
  us, is called paper
              "raw rain / below..."



With One Of The World's Inks 

Virginia being Virginia elsewhere is
another word altogether
for Wormswork, packing by spots
avalanche hungers wide-mouthed  
          words -
               fanned -
  responses *,
          images *,
               liquids *?
"each package luxuriant of snags"
reed's keyhole | conscience-crease
Virginia pointed too through train cars
"Out --" , not prophesying, swept herself
under the train,
she's buried here, but
            once she pointed out
Blaise Pascal's dead,
with reeds still tigers
            once she loved laboratory mud
obscurely knew rascality and palmistry
never sport, seldom a wink
often alligator tear renovation
still she was part of the best flock imaginable
drink in that hair music, Drinking Reed, with
the rest of those word detractors
flying substituted with packing by spots
those flying
                 ("crease - liquids" -- or is that
"crease - snags"? --, and "often - added")
saw the avalanche, here a telegenic rockslide
such as you have, or might see, outside this poem,
had many a rock with many a shiny spot mirroring
Virginia being Virginia elsewhere is...
with "Virginia being Virginia elsewhere is ..."



Jeff Harrison has publications from Writers Forum, Persistencia Press, and Furniture Press. He has e-books from BlazeVOX and Argotist Ebooks. His poetry has appeared in An Introduction to the Prose Poem (Firewheel Editions), Noon: An Anthology of Short Poems (Isobar Press), three Meritage Press hay(na)ku anthologies, Sentence: a Journal of Prose Poetics, Otoliths, Moria, and elsewhere. Jeff recommends the American Red Cross.



Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Thursday, April 7, 2022 - 22:00