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from Field Manual

4a).

Made in the wakening to a quiet

(little in themselves
little all put together)

interstitial things
in a world of locutions

those incoming combined malleable
true or false cognates either way

Each a mark in a cable, like----

 

4b).

---Cleveland, Antioch Hotel
where trains pause in the hallway   
strange underpass, strange attractor

hotel, its bodies fall to the street
in a guttering flock  
& you not caring your voice
was thrown always

you besieged, besieged.                                        You heard the name Antioch/Antakya

heard how the museum of art rebuilt that “lost ancient city” & you never went to the exhibit
All you could do was sit & drink
in the bar: called Halite Bar        the rim of a glass salty
& think of halite rock
its concoidal fractures    millionfold a seam beneath you
                                              
heard [sat, drinking]             how the crusader Princes of Antioch were emptytitled in the end
how the Antioch Chalice was not used at the Last Supper.
               
                                           ∞

 If you sink an object in Lake Erie
it will emerge beaded, a bonediamond.        Someone’s skull like a spiderweb, imagine---
hard as the pavement trace of white outside    
             
and hard as downtown shuttered--
its comeback failed--- its nerve gone---centre all dug out/a blanched airpocket

with a countercross/score of limbs/lines on the real skyline

& numbness    a numb pale scoria lifting/falling    
                 
And still so hard       that Antioch, Ohio
was the last same place before now. And you sat in the same way, same-seeming hotel
in the vitreous      lustre      of you                     [yourself, sitting]
in a lean-to room    with a touchup and half-grey smile

What a battle what a bad winter a bad journey

To vacant shapes in rocksalt                        cordless faces on the wall.

 

5a).

Winter solstice             occurs at the instant when the Sun's position in the sky is at its greatest angular distance on the other side of the equatorial plane from the observer's hemisphere.

lengthening nights and shortening days

band of the Zodiac (zōdiakos kuklos) is (always) at an oblique angle (loksos)

positioned between the tropical circles and equinoctial circle touching each of the tropical circles at one point. This Zodiac has a determinable width of 8°--

Solstice  fr. LL sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still). Inter--

It can fall in the middle or end or start the world as I know it again    (depending where I

 

5b).
Hear basso continuo hear away:
A canon looping
around a moon

(moon a well-lagged water tank)           Hear its ratio
A major dominant, B minor submediant – 3rd below the first
note of a scale--        note called “blue-for-alice”

gage-flung      all music here is gage-flung     no tone
no passing or state

of escape in cadence

or in, as I remember, Satellite Osumi
It burned up in ’03.

                    Numb sidling creature                       a shadowcone
a sometime perigee/or apigee (that is, wherever the elliptic sits)
its chord the gap
of entering edge & trailing edge of air

And earth –your earth--what that
stands for—for once
the fixed middle--                      
pulling a stray flux line in a stray chain of parts--                     

Osumi      burned up     Wrong circuit type:   was it a ‘tether/tundra/killer’ (socalled)
or simply ‘escape’ satellite
straining away, thin as filament silk

though I am sure I saw it static stayed lightly quivering east-to-west, synchronous with us
an analemma in the sky 

appearing in the thought-up angle
between orbit’s vector and band of solstice 

A way to equinox is the 8    unitless
like a mug tilted turned twice.      Hear its phasing--
round rota summer is incumen in.

 

Ate/Atë

Pound speaks into the radio

He is the new radio
A tubetype amplifier/dummy with a moulded throat

He is not an archive
He is the quivering in a room

A signal wave lightly dominant
Brought forth. Disc-less/wire-less

Pulled down sound, far sound, human and stellar
Lay down
Went home
Couldn’t go home
Pulled down intermittence
Showed what was in there
(Nothing)

Showed that a person who passes
From one state to another
Is in danger
And emanates danger

 


 

[Jane Lewty is the co-editor of Broadcasting Modernism (University Press of Florida, 2009) and Pornotopias: Image, Apocalypse, Desire (Litteraria Pragensia, 2010). Her poems, reviews and essays have appeared, or will be appearing in, The Blackwell Companion to James Joyce (2008), Blazevox, MAKE, Otoliths, The Laurel Review, The Iowa Review, VOLT and others. She has been the recipient of an Iowa Arts Fellowship and the Ailene Barger Barnes Award from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (2009). She has held faculty positions at University College London, the University of Northern Iowa, and currently teaches English Literature at the University of Amsterdam.]

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