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Five Poems
Steven Toussaint


Analogion

ore poured
through ode

and hissed forth
the dread

child shape: O
creation floods

the lung, revert
osmosis of

cosmos through fog
so broken, reluctant

the mind’s
hand planting

shadows that, hark
swoons its likeness

through an icon’s
drizzle field

as trident swayed
the ark, so lyre

slays the sun
exhaust spindrifts

toward a now
outmoded cloud

the same gasp
of late chimes

light snags
light once

absolved, now
cursed from form

outward
from cross

beams of one word
embossed in the

thinning optic cup
twice enameled

world, the worm’s
realm is throat, all

thralldoms’ germ
thou art, song womb



Melismata

of light
rain, light

in
abundance

but small.
Flattened

at the
base of

two
mountains’

timely
collision

the base
of me now

cobalt
leaf also

amalgam
of plague

and fragrance
I prayed for

each hand’s
burning

branch
that sputter

of blood breath
and water.



Hubris

Asphyxed
alembic still

hawkwise,
cocksure.

Hear, Sphinx!
as the soul

to birdlime
goes in throes

it honks.



Alms

from
green sheaths

gold-

pistoled
spires
herald

pike shaped cells

solar imbued

itinerant
moons

their self-

similar cursive
writ circum-
gyre

in tidal pools

an insular
elliptic

iterating

sea rose or
diaphanous

as bridal quarter
curtains are

as empyreal lips
part

yielding
organ tones

ballasted

to undules
of blessing

in tendril time

the music
itself

un-
scored

growth



Yuri

peering over
his ropes

and casement
which tow

the voices
up, we are

wordless
ourselves, faces

will blink
in his song

strand us
on high alps

strangers
to those who

live below
the tarns

the stones
which replace

our hearts
crossed a great

expanse once



Steven Toussaint currently lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he is compiling research and conducting a series of interviews with New Zealand poets to chart Robert Creeley’s influence on the New Zealand poetic community. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Cannibal, Jacket2, Hue & Cry, and Typo. He is a regular contributor to Occasional Religion.