Christopher Title Poems

 

 

 

Geognosy

 

 

now an absence

where?

 

wall rocks

squeak and rub

 

sycamore whistles

wind

 

at vespers

trundling

 

stone-ground

effluvium

 

rocks ask an answer

the merganser

 

writes the sky

overwhelmed

 

overloaded

stilled in chinks

 

*

 

cleavable gneiss

prismatic

 

down-weighs

desert spoons

 

rock-rested

peregrines

 

wend about

and reach

 

out and touch

morning

 

glide into leafless

light

 

above the river

screech

 

free above

garnets

 

strewn unevenly

under

 

blooming buckhorn

cholla

 

*

 

a universe of branches

conversing

 

in idioms grown

apart

 

as they dangle over

water

 

frolick like rocks

perched or

 

found nesting

among roots

 

amygdules

of chalcedony

 

pinyon-juniper

woods

 

a sight someone knew

once and said

 

hang it right

in the eye

 

*

 

tests suggest

instruments

 

are inadequate

antiquated

 

antediluvian

forfeitable

 

prefer gnosis

thus

 

subduction

feels like

 

scoria and tuff

shuddering

 

mudstone

entrenchment

 

thus divining

is germane

 

to conglomerates

and jasper

 

underlayment

sublimated

 

detrital grains

in relief

 

ink-limned

flinty trysts

 

*

 

botryoidal crust

wavellite

 

boarded by

the broad

 

white sky of blue

wisps shifting

 

over shores

overboard

 

open underneath

the riparian

 

moment split

now and then

 

no down

stream swollen

 

fossiliferous

ravine

 

willowed olivine

dipped

 

banked thrust

upped?

 

serpentine relic

bedding

 

air like fire

arrives across

 

chasms with alacrity

and echo

 

*

 

forking river

over its take

 

winding in meadows

of mallow

 

sodalite in nepheline

night-reckons

 

downstream in a tamarisk

stand

 

a family of grebes

eye

 

what floats by

face down

 

to come to rest

easy to bob

 

gently at night

little waves

 

agitate the veil

of star lights

 

*

 

ochrous lumens

inside laminar

 

striations such

as at

 

the red wall

ablation

 

repose in quiet

illimitableness

 

let be

laid down

 

quaternary matter

gleam

 

deep in interstices

lambent

 

among the epochs

lolling

 

 

 

**

 

Christopher Title lives with his wife and two young sons in Lauderdale, Minnesota. He can generally be found in the subterranean chamber of his house composing poetry and dreaming of primordial Earth. For the last ten years, Title has served as English professor for The Art Institutes International Minnesota in Minneapolis. Title completed undergrad work in English at Northern Arizona University, a Masterís in Education at St. Maryís, and is currently finishing his MFA Thesis at Hamline University, where he recently served as a poetry editor for Water~Stone Review. His work has appeared in Ash Creek Press, Living Out, Main_Frame, Rock, Paper, Scissors, and Asphalt Sky.

 

 

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