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The Figure Considers Fossils 

imprisoned on the fissure the figure considers 
the fossils in the rock between the figure and the arrested
red | the arrested red is arrested beneath the depth 
by the figure | the fossils between
the figure’s fissure and the arrested red
are not arrested | the fossils are rather a facet of the rock | 
the rock is a facet of the slope | the slope is a facet of the jut | the jut
is a facet of the scape | the scape is a facet of creation | the figure figures
creation contains no large-winged ones | the large winged-ones 
were either created by the figure’s considerations 
or have abandoned the figure altogether | either 
way the figure’s existence on the jut is but the sum of the figure’s actions | 
the figure refuses despair | instead the figure regards 
the trees on the lacquered black space 
between the figure and the blue on the scape | the trees sway in 
but the fossils retain their shape | the figure considers the fossils 
individually | the figure experiences each fossil as the figure 
would experience the figure were the figure regarding the figure from the other 
side of the moving blue | layer by layer the figure considers 
the shape of each fossil | the size of each fossil | the era of each | 
the figure considers deeper and deeper through layers of creation 
until the figure arrives at the fossil of a gun 



the soldier has wandered off into the green and lain
down on a plot | elephant grass | lacquered with wet | weapon on chest | 
the soldier on the plot has reclined on a landmine | the elephant 
grass moves in | the elephant
grass moves out | the landmine clicks but the river
retains its shape | beneath the weapon is the soldier | 
beneath the soldier is the grass | inside the grass is the mine | beneath the mine 
is the plot | if the soldier inclines the mine on the plot
will explode | the soldier a trigger | if the mine explodes 
the grass will burst | bamboo will burst | the soldier’s mind
will burst on the plot | a death | 
if the soldier remains reclined on the elephant
grass the mine on the plot will remain 
arrested | beneath the soldier | above the grass | above the plot | but 
a soldier reclined on a plot forever will weather until the soldier dies |
the soldier regards the weapon | the soldier regards the plot 


The Figure and the Lichen 

the figure discovers umber 
lichen on the jut | the figure does not 
like the lichen but likens the lichen
to a facet hidden within the figure | the facet is in
the shape of the lacquered black space 
between the slope of the jut and the trees on the scape |
the trees sway in | the blue moves out |but the facet 
will always retain its shape | the figure touches the exterior umber
lichen on the rock and recoils | beneath the depth the red
begins to well | the exterior umber is too like
the lichen hidden within | the figure considers stabbing with a clast
fractured from the shelf the lichen hidden within | the figure recoils | no 
figure knows how to kill interior lichen | no figure knows
why figures contain such ungraspable lichen | the figure only knows
that if the only figure knew 
how to escape the inimitable fissure 
or clast-stab the lichen | the figure might then
finally cry with accuracy 


Deus ex Helicopter 

imprisoned in the plot the soldier considers
the river and the coming of a helicopter | the bamboo moves
in | the bamboo moves out | the soldier remembers
a copter but has not encountered a copter
forever | the copter remembered was in the shape of the wet 
green space between the soldier and the river on the plot | 
the soldier discovers and plucks a stalk 
of reed from the green on the plot | the soldier presses 
the reed between the soldier’s thumb and the soldier’s other 
thumb | the soldier blows through the stalk and the wind 
blows across the plot | the stalk makes a sound | the sound resembles
a weapon but not a copter | the soldier resembles
a figure and discovers and plucks a larger reed from the plot | the river
retracts | lacquered with itself | the sun retracts | the soldier presses
the larger stalk between the soldier’s thumb and other 
thumb and blows | the sound becomes that of a copter |
the copter lifts | the copter floats across the green of the elephant 
grass on the plot | floats over to an elephant 
and slices an elephant to death | 
the soldier stops creating | 
the soldier regards the green | 



the grandmother has been rolled across the ward and laid 
down on a cot | lacquered with sweat | the grandmother has 
reclined on a cot before the family | the family moves
in | the family moves out | but the grandmother retains
her shape | the grandmother is in the shape of the spare
white space between the spoon and the phone 
in the ward | beneath the grandmother is the sheet | beneath
the sheet is the cot | beneath the cot 
is the plug | without the plug is the immediate
black | if the family inclines the years will suffice |
if the years suffice the grandmother will face
the immediate black | a death |
the spoon is regarded | the phone is 
regarded | if the family inclines the grandmother will remain
reclined in the ward | lacquered with sweat | the plug will remain arrested
beneath the cot | beneath the sheet | beneath the grandmother | but
a grandmother reclined on a cot forever will weather until the grandmother dies | 
the family regards the plug | the grandmother regards the blue 


The Soldier Bleeds Twice 

the soldier removes the soldier’s hand from the soldier’s lower
zone of wound | the bamboo leans in | the bamboo leans
out | the soldier arrests 
the red of the wound with the butt
of the weapon | the red beneath the butt lacquers 
the butt with itself | the soldier discovers and plucks a stalk 
of reed from the plot of elephant
grass | the green 
reminds the soldier of the mine below and the soldier’s mind 
retracts | the river retracts | the soldier retracts 
the butt from the wound | the red drips but the river retains 
its shape | the soldier lacerates
the soldier’s forearm with the stalk to mark a rising 
and a falling of the sun | the soldier refits the butt 
into the lower zone of wound | a rising and a falling |
the soldier regards the blunt 
edge of the butt | the soldier collates the days in red in rows 
with the stalk across the forearm | the days are 
eleven | the elephant 
grass moves in waves until the soldier replaces 
the butt with the collated forearm to plug
the lower zone of wound | the plot
does not know how to thicken but the river reminds the soldier of thirst | 
the soldier thirsts and the elephant grass is no longer
lacquered with wet | the soldier resorts | the soldier licks 
the butt of the weapon clear 
clean of the soldier’s inevitable red 


The Blue 

the figure has moved down the slope of the scape and peered
into the blue | the blue moves 
in | the blue moves out | the opposite blue 
figure leers at the figure on the scape from the other 
side of the implacable blue | the opposite figure moves 
in | the opposite figure moves out | the figure extends a forefinger 
toward the opposite figure in the blue | the opposite figure extends 
a forefinger toward the figure on the slope | forefingers touch in a ripple
and the figure becomes a flower |