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A Nexus of Phantoms

By Will Alexander.

A Nexus of Phantoms

In a lorikeet cave
motions exist of disintegrated swans
in a translocated lake
brimming with harvested poisons
sealed by corruptive post-mortems

such swans
staggered by microbial reasoning
their aggressive nests
anatomical with anomaly
with drifts of strenuous incarnadine leanings
with a thirst which hurtles conspiratorial invasives
with coronal oceanics
like a clouded trail of leanings

with the “Auks” the pelicans the mergansers
with “the petrels & the gannets”
under the power of darted mocking orations

the swans
looking back on solemn blood perusal
lilke a form of death breaking roses on a shore

it is the example of phonograms
of lost and compacted lenses
within a charismatic “Fall Line”
or an “isoneph”
or what an avian would announce in Greenland
as a “Katabatic Wind”

the swans
like a haze of magnetism
or implied gondola locations
where the scent of each lorikeet is consumed
& brought to dazzling eclipse refulgence

in another foci
in another depth
their form self-challenged
in a cloak of suns
their power de-revealed
with 7 moons burning
reduced to 2 intense incendiary magnets

& these incendiary magnets
like a nexus of phantoms
scattered across a geometric optometry

Poet, novelist, aphorist, essayist, visual artist, philosophical essayist, subconscious pianist, Will Alexander has published over 20 books, which include Asia & Haiti, The Sri Lankan Loxodrome, Compression & Purity, and Exobiology As Godess. He is a PEN Oakland recipient, a former Whiting Fellow, and a recent recipient of an American Book Award for his book of essays Singing In Magnetic Hoofbeat.

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Friday, November 29th, 2013.