Dark Archive (New California Poetry, Volume 32)

By Laura Mullen

Darkish archive: the aim of a gloomy archive is to operate as a repository for info that may be used as a failsafe in the course of catastrophe recovery.

Laura Mullen’s fourth assortment is a chain of fantastically interrelated poems that explores tips to competently symbolize the truth of swap and loss. Mullen pinpoints what's at stake: the opportunity of conversation and connection—and the desire of intimacy. Invoking Wordsworth’s "I wandered lonely as a cloud," she pushes experiments in realization opposed to their barriers in an array of poetic types. Poetic tropes are measured opposed to ordinary phenomena as Mullen examines what "witness" may suggest within the context of the aftermath of typhoon Katrina, the disasters of capitalism to impression social justice, the homicide of James Byrd in Texas, the private lack of a mom determine, and a disintegrating love affair.

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Other than they arrive off. other than they're illegible avow it brushing them off as though to make the final recommendation disappear simply depart the place is away i used to be greater than a bit in love with 24 White field (notes) item: tiny white field the dimensions of a sugar dice, White outdoor like a sugar dice white like like simply wrong for a sugar dice, positioned in a bowl jam-packed with white Sugar cubes after being first touched with glue after which rolled in white Sugar (Domino model) and allowed to dry completely. gap slightly better than a pin prick on one floor inside of: A) your individual eye mirrored shadow the other way up B) smear of cloud [all i admire] C) 3 phrases Wandered lonely as White field to be dissolved in the back of the bars A tune or express no longer mine snowing Our consultant Having damaged the thermometer Holds out a ball of mercury in a single just a little shaking hand Disintegrates sheared off by means of wind to bare the thread-like textures ■ It’s the labored floor that has remained—despite the most obvious purpose and effort—both illegible and ‘white’ or clean insofar as we remember that area to be empty. Suggestive of sky, yet in a different way unfinished: remark 25 on cognizance. What turns out to not exist simply because we aren’t prepared to take care of or permit for its real scenario? The journalist sticks the microphone as much as the face of the grief-struck good friend who speaks on to the vanished as though the useless turned the television viewers: “Our options are with you . . . ” ■ The little white packing containers known as doves as clouds as “little white packing containers” hardly, If ever, mentioned within the related breath with sugar cubes candy, aren’t they? Having experimented with the illustration Tilted aircraft photograph aircraft window candle cloud reflect coloration less than the faded grit of the skin faint traces Fallen pine needles less than fallen snow lower than extra lately kind of transparent stuck situations Slant reference or fairly comparability loves doves Stanzas little white containers of ash poem columbarium stressed flutter from position to put trying to find what Glittery airplane Passing bins of moonlight reference feedback as though mild have been lent lifestyles “Open the field the phrases contained in the field open the field” (Carol Snow): the feel of the object during the phrases for now not ‘in’ so there's no—despite the opening—way to liberate. Already those cubes are a bit extra worn, rather less white. Heaped into that cage for crickets, a kind of icebox. What should you 26 could manage to fulfill a person who had died (what gate is that this, colorless). Paler determine and lighter flooring: shapes so abstracted the topic is the (shifting) courting itself no longer, as tongued out, lined with sugar yet damaged glass. overwhelmed to an excellent airborne dirt and dust. floor This sky see you later not anything She is sort of as actual to me as she used to be gigantic round smear she neither feels nor sees furious powdery ■ Then drink the ink that's your cage, making a song insect, consultant. Is that precise becomes is that attainable. without notice i used to be by myself with a few issues: what i used to be swallowing the cloth; progressively what i used to be asserting what i used to be announcing.

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