James Belflower Poems

 

 

 

From The Telescope Apartments

 

 

1

 

—filters laughter

to this patio

 

engines over

press the hollow walkways

 

as if laughter split

that dust & shocked thread

settles

in shingles     mouths

gravel          fat bandwidth

the plane envelopes:

 

air

       lawn         enclosures identical to the end

               of eye

                       city

                of dense tendon

bones?

           flex

               monstrous

                       stochastic

 

 

4

 

common frame

intimate the emptiness

in & out

 

sod arrives in rectangles

they arrange it from the base of our low

white wall

out

 

you are sauteeing beef for Bolognese

in the warm kitchen

 

they finished hours ago

 

you are full

 

in weeks the rye will join

cease to be singular

for that moment

 

 

6

 

we bought it yesterday the neighbor

made shooting sounds

behind his screen door at our dachshund

and Jessica

 

the dealer assured it was stainless and polymer

but how frail it curls

low and protruding through the panty drawer

 

 

7

 

The moment your beautiful in front of the lemon trees

 

white belts

up to the ocher and green

 

tuck

of space

 

       occupied

       occupies us

 

as through those branches

heavy with lemons

leaves

gesticulate with sheer stillness

 

a ‘principle of their series’

 

rooted

trickling to this present

this showcase

 

convincingly

 

you pause

but there must be something further back

must be

 

further

 

within

 

away from pithy

 

‘us’

 

 

 

 

**

 

James Belflower’s work appears or is forthcoming in: Jacket, 580 Split, EOAGH, LIT, First Intensity, Abovo, and Cricket Online Review, among others. And Also a Fountain, his collaborative chapbook with Anne Heide and J. Michael Martinez, is forthcoming from NeOPepper Press. He was a finalist for the 2008 Sawtooth Poetry Prize and the National Poetry Series Competition. He runs PotLatchPoetry.org, a site dedicated to the free exchange of poetry books, journals, chapbooks and ephemera.

 

 

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