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Thought as Philosophical Torment

In the mirror of excessive drift
there exist those values
which exist within schisms
within error wracked spectrums
which glow by means of vapour
above anti-dimensional obstruction

the visage of metrics
tuned to a mesmeric lisp
to a rancid facial dice
thrown across ethers
across 3 or 4 sierras or voids

so that each sculpting
each prism
the apparitional understanding
to a macro-positional scalding
which collapses
which takes on the centigrade of absence
bound to invisible comradery


From The Sri Lankan Loxodrome. Copyright © 2009 by Will Alexander. Reprinted with permission of New Directions Press.


Will Alexander

Will Alexander is the author of numerous books, including Kaleidoscopic Omniscience (Skylight Press, 2012), The Brimstone Boat (Reve a Deux, 2012), Diary As Sin (Skylight Press, 2011), and Compression & Purity (City Lights, 2011). He is the recipient of a California Arts Council Fellowship and a Whiting Fellowship for Poetry. He lives in Los Angeles.

Date Published: 2009-01-01

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