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you dream your life
you plant trees
the days are void
you find a postcard—
sumi paintings, paper sculptures
books become situations
at any moment you might disappear
a thread will unravel
sword, shield, owl, rose
apparent innate air mist abstraction shadow invincible silent
immense the slate the sea the clouds crucial anecdotes in
preservation lyrics reeds undiscovered leaps of revealing
collected the poems without permission the snow the tigers
the dreams they lived outside carried books paintings
flower water mountain without maps trains clocks corridors
evidence a green thread perhaps imagined through the forest
To Some Extent
the letters seem to be disappearing
my feet become the roots of the oak
I am looking for a satisfactory conversation & then a bit of silence
oblique seizures in an attempt for consciousness
the designs are in a shattered clock
bewilder imagine enclaves sober
there are gaps
a strange person made of bags stranded on the freeway encourages me to move on
Tenuous the Threads
clock threads indeterminate language wash the clothes balance the socks
the reindeer is tied to a lamppost
equalize the perimeter between/around two heads semblance of eagles
semblance of pines white blanket in winter
extreme the responsibilities green light red light blockades tapestries
wander down tranquil equate absence with denial unravel illumination
Reading Muraki on a Calendar. Trying to Understand Time.
the light comes in slowly. gradually. not always.
subtle realization the surreal. dreams. desires. instincts. dramas. survival.
we go shopping for trees.
birds & thoughts.
the owl is hidden on the island.
the rim of the world. the street of miracles. the wind tunnel. a wireless grid.
through the empty corridors. clocks & dragonflies. small drawings of time.
Within the Cries of the Subway
bach. “the elf king.”
how does complication
could you define your life?
remember to plan for your next trip.
imagine trees. gardens. walls lined with books.
avoid trifling conversations.
know the island & the gyrfalcon.
exit to the sea.
Marcia Arrieta is the author of one book of poetry, Triskelion, Tiger Moth, Tangram, Thyme (Otoliths Press), and two chapbooks, Experimental: (Potes & Poets Press) and The Curve Against the Linear (Toadlily Press’s The Quartet Series—An Uncommon Accord). Her work has appeared in Ellipsis, So to Speak, 13th Moon, Cold Mountain Review, and elsewhere. She edits and publishes the poetry journal Indefinite Space.