Christophe Casamassima

In Issue 1 on May 1, 2008 at 11:35 am



a comma?

an em dash?

an exclamation point
six foot tall?

why, in God’s name,
put anything at all?

6 [for Angela Fortezza]

my grandmother cannot
will even
her own death

-so be it

the flowers
she fell upon
can only bloom again

7 [requiem for Gustaf Sobin]

in his poems
the ellipse foretells death-
or does it forego?

a wealth of commas
make the poem slow
and the guard
one keeps on the word-

that is a misery all its own.

the ownership of language?
we say, “so unsexy!” perverse,
just perverse.

the guard-one crept up
to the word, and the word
turned its back, and its mystery-
that is, Sobin, wandering
in and out
of his own misery, and language
following him off
that cliff, and this

Christophe Casamassima is the proprietor and editor of Furniture Press in Baltimore, and the editor of Ambit : Journal of Poetry & Poetics. He has recently published poems in American Letters & Commentary, Cue: A Journal of Prose Poetry, the Denver Review, and 88: A Journal of Contemporary American Poetry. He also has chapbooks available from [limited editions] (qui/etude and Mythography), above/ground press (Septology), and King of MicePress (The Sarah Quatrains). He is currently a board member of the Towson Arts Collective and received his Masters at Towson University.

  1. Beautifully written!

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