Summer 2008 • Vol. XXX No. 3 Poetry |

Oracle Weather

I have found myself mostly sleepless in this strange place, bewildered and restless, minus horses, absent magpies, even the weather peculiar, though some say upriver— their answer to everything. Mostly it's the lack of your body, a sort of wilding, my hollows more hollow, the psalms suddenly all about planishing. Upriver things get bigger, they say, upriver the gods come down to the banks and drink and those who watch are called twitchers, god-watching a jar to the nervous system. Meantime day's a lousy container, a porous happenstance in collusion with big weather. The news here is largely of systems' overlap—woodpecker lazarused back from oblivion, boy from the thick nightmare of a man's hands. Ice on the power lines brings back a silence I've been dying for want of. Upriver, someone says at the bar, things get beautiful. That's not good enough. My little home brims with static. If you find a fossil, send it. Send coral earrings. Send lotion. Poor dumbfounded day, I say to day

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