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Mark Dow

 

 

from You Tell Me

 

what music coarsens as it covers

what music reddens as it modulates

what music thins into maroon

what music jitters in the inner band of the outer glow

what music benignly observes certainty exploding

what music necessitates

what music releases intention

what music predicts it foresaw retrospect

what music scallops surface with fine tool

what music fluidly evades the seam

what music sleeps while the sleeper dreams

what music dreams as the dreamer wakes

what music seeds the clouds

what music wets the lawn

what music turns the page

what music backspins

what music drags Semitic consonants through the guttural

what music lisps the Spanish sibilants

what music clips the dental fricatives

what music haloes and tunnels

what music runnels

what music romances

what music elongates the raindrops

what music crosshatches the spaces between

what music needles your intuition

what music intuits your needs

what music falls to its knees

what music squeals like a pig

what music rolls in conventional wisdom

what music finds a thermal to rise on

what music cushions the fall

what music equalizes the pressure

what music erases misgivings

what music laces the spring serenade

what music traces the outline

what music thickens the sauce

what music drizzles the glaze

what music forgives the betrayals

what music enthrones exhausted angels

what music dangles the puppets

what music backs itself into a corner

what music paints itself out of a jam

what music guffaws

what music plays with itself

what music prays to itself

what music praises itself

what music muses, mucks, clarifies, evaporates

what music withholds and delivers

what music beans the batter

what music stuns its prey

what music comforts and gently unpeels the bruising           

what music salts it

what music paraphrases the creator's aim

what music reinterprets it

what music reins it in

what music rules passion's alignment

what music oscillates the droning

what music tightens the lid

what music taps it with a knife handle all around

what music lactates, sucks the wad

what music sleeps, wings folded, on the wall

what music indents the pillow

what music flutters away when approached

what music approaches

what music flies repeatedly against glass

what music angles through it

what music frames the view

what music tinges the edges

what music vacates the opening

what music tapers the turd

what music protects the wicked

what music splutters

what music flares

what music lays a grid across

what music draws it

what music paints the crosswalk

what music hopscotches

what music holds it

what music anoints pedestrian imagination

what music disguises one from oneself

what music inventories the made items

what music accounts for the unmade

what music includes them all, surrounds the bowl

what music ghosts clockwise against rotating spokes

what music hums through the steel platform causing circles on the surface of the water in

          the glass on it

what music circles the circles

what music l-m-n-o's

what music holds it

what music misspeaks and speaks on

what music emanates from each object

what music separates

what music between

what music recognizes them to each other

what music can't imagine

what music crinkles and winks

what music avenges, suffocates, regrets

what music sees you

what music holds

what music slackens as its vehicle accelerates

what music pools on the plateau

what music slips in it

what music slips it in

what music out




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