Fall 2011 • Vol. XXXIII No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 2011 |

Monochromatic: Three-act Tragedy

sheets of ice on the river a soft landscape fully white remembering when monochromatic I left him taking the train north from winter to winter the conductor called out each station name we have no name for where we are now making all local stops due to snow emergency       snowdrift: physical residue of past action I'm like that: curled around the warm edge of his body listening through the walls to the distorted voices of the lovers in the next room I'm painting a work called four pages from a book against war the last thing he said to me when I told him the train wasn't running express "you'll be traveling for a really long time" completely white vista the dimmest shift of gray against a snow dune the soundtrack I compose for the film of this: fifty minutes of hiss and drone and white noise my voice reading the work slowly without tonal shift or emotion the bass groove of car engine underneath all of it how do you hear the music of snow falling how does

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Kazim Ali
Kazim Ali’s most recent book of poetry is Sky Ward (Wesleyan, 2013). His other recent books include a book of essays, Resident Alien (Michigan, 2015) and a collection of short fiction, Uncle Sharif’s Life in Music (Sibling Rivalry, 2016). He is an associate professor of creative writing and comparative literature at Oberlin College.

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