numinousmagazine

Meredith Stricker

In Issue 8 on October 19, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Chromatics

 

deep black sea

ater

 

anchovies silver forest

wilderness adrift

 

medusa nebulae

constellation astonishment

 

I am light

I am island-mouthed

 

convolute darkness

where seeing enters cells

 

*

 

cloud, milk

albus

 

waves lit white by headlights

 

the page of Unknowing –– wheels

spinning too fast to see

 

*

 

shadow-pierced

puniceus

 

the sound of crows overhead

the way listening changes ears

 

pounding heart : field of crickets

 

*
 

sad, ash-smooth stone

pullus

 

dove’s smoke colored wings

 

are the sky we lean into

 

our silence joins, enlarges, takes flight

 

*
 

grasses, lightning

viridus

 

ferns grow on my roof

 
 

soon I will dream

in the tongue of leaves

 

****

Meredith Stricker is the author of Alphabet Theater (Wesleyan) and Tenderness Shore (which received the National Poetry Series award). Her work has appeared widely, in publications including Conjunctions, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, VOLT. She works as a poet/designer/artist in visual poetry collaborative on architecture in Big Sur and projects for the center for visual poetry to bring together artists, writers, musicians and experimental forms. She received lay ordination from Shohaku Okamura-roshi fifteen years ago.

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