ditch,

the poetry that matters

j/j hastain

j/j hastain is currently living and writing in Colorado, USA. j/j is the author of the full-length book asymptotic lover // thermodynamic vents (BlazeVox 2008) and six chapbooks. j/j’s writing has appeared in numerous journals including MiPoesias, and the hotmetalpress Poetry prize of 2008.

j/j received a BA in poetry, music, gender and cultural studies, and an MFA in contemporary poetics.

 

 

maybe this story moves backwards or tri-wards   and begins

with admittance

 

 

 

‘I am a continually recovering black hole    a dimensionless space        

slowly being filled

 

 

 

with myriad-mechanics’

 

 

 

 

 

damages have been done to the body

of every black hole

 

 

 

and as it recalls itself

 

 

 

 

 

it experiences a ribbonry of needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

this is a body that has no choice but to fleshenize

 

 

 

identity is/as semi-vowel              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

identity as               a whirring hearth

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

documents     just like this body               must be infinite       

ripe with astronomical

 

 

grafting and rogue wombs

 

sweating and residues

 

 

along a vibrating umbra

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

this is viscosity admitting itself as an effort         

 

 

 

noting each essential capillary in the rift

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the vertiginous ecstasies of an inter-planar rigor

 

such as                                                such as

 

 

 

 

 

phylogeny and pressure

 

 

 

all for an eventual dignity              or passage    

 

 

 

through inter-stellar phonic nets

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

emollient as they bend

                                                         

then more emollient            as they breed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

all of the wildness

 

of the unformed enclave

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

this is            discovering how to make light submit       

 

 

then choosing to consume that submitted light

 

 

 

 

as the primary

ingestion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

because a black hole that is ever being modified

 

 

 

is a sonar recluse    

 

 

 

 

 

a stalwart mystic that divulges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

there is no answer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and in its place

 

 

rubato is being rubbed into

 

re-configurement

 

 

 

elements entangled

 

with a vector

 

or a memory

 

 

 

 

 

and the certain froth that bursts from this

 

 

helix demanding helix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

as with a thermal equilibrium                  

 

or a city made entirely of

 

 

 

 

 

cosmic yearning

 

 

 

 

 

this is the only way to explain what was meant when I said

 

 

flailing a hybrid poultice      in lip arenas”

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

this image of supernumerary doves

 

exploding from what was originally procured

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

as one tight piece of citrus fruit

 

 

 

 

on a single tree

 

 

atop of the singed ventriloquist hill

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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