Selections from "Symphony No. 12"

(formation of the labyrinth)



Again this formation

of questions

in a gray lateness

in the echoing

of days retained

sustained in the blood

and fused to a nomadic breath

questions of anti-matter

of hidden symmetries

of dimensional regressions

of swords into plowshares

and blood spilled in antipathy

questions of atoms coalescing

to form a solidity (of matter)

to form an alternate existence

(a life) patterned

by a light receding

on grass growing

through the pavement

and in the shadow

of the gull’s wing

“and they speak

the fragments

of a long-dead sage”



no longer heard



vulnerable aspects

of a heart

distilled dissolved

and burned into ash


which form

the questions

of tides advancing

and ebbing

of swelling

vestigial organs

of constellations

waxing and waning

in the essence of ancient breath

falling from the comet’s tail

soundless migration

through a starless sky







Ric Carfagna

Ric Carfagna was born and educated in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, most recently Integral Series published by Alien Buddha Press. His poetry has evolved from the early radical experiments of his first two books, Confluential Trajectories and Porchcat Nadir, to the unsettling existential mosaics of his multi-book project Notes On NonExistence. Ric lives in rural Central Massachusetts with his wife, cellist Mary Carfagna and daughters, Emilia and Aria.


Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 21:00