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the poetry that matters

Leigh Herrick

Leigh Herrick is a poet, writer and recording artist whose work has appeared in a variety of print and electronic journals, including Big Bridge, Caliban Online, Jacket, Journal of the Motherhood Initiative, Otoliths, Skidrow Penthouse, and others. Herrick's two CDs are Just War (2004) and Monocle Man (2009). She is currently at work on her third CD, a single of her poem "in the expurgation of mask." Info: http://www.leighherrick.com/

in the expurgation of mask  

eke
eco
con
logic
et
atoll
al
icy
et
echo
al
logical
et
late
eco
nominal
echo
emptiness

eco
ecce
eco
no
mist
al

id
est
BE
id
est
echo

icily
ego

id
est

system

id
est

mysticism
id
est
systemysticism

id est symptom
systematically
matriculated
systemically
manicured
manically
ecraseur-ed

e

ra

sure

Matronymically
amnesiac

metonymically
voided

in
ex

here

purgation
of

MASK

   covering
   concealing
   hiding
   screening
   obscuring

   masquerading
   mask-making
   sculpting-of-likeness
   Halloween-ing
   gargoylishly falsifying
   Gospelically Chaptering
   Obscurantism
to be sure

vague
ambiguous
unlikely
doubtfully
swathed

or

plastered
wrapped
cloaked
veiled
shrouded

the image made real
the image imagined
the image coming through
the image alluded to

in the temples of mark
in the margins of doom
in the hardware of wired
in the money of hours
in the alphabet of dew
in the harbors of acronyms
in the rendezvous meeting of the malentendu

the ear of the tongue
the hearing eye
in the malaprop

in the Sanctuary of If

in the moan of the damned
in the spit of the hopeless
in the waste of ground
in the fit of fire
in the tireless pour
in the acid and acrid

Dissipation

in the implode
and explode
in the broken
    and fragmented found
    whose future of school yards  whose yards of chalk whose Beat-if ic tones
in the script of files
in the rampant of cankerous wake

in rancorous running

forward ahead fast-gaining

    in the convection of pressure
in the oblivion of carbon
in the flux of wave

meal ticket
bone ticket
earth ticket

triptych

before the nothing
after the nothing
before the void
after the void
before the empty
after the emptied

triptych

before the blank
after the Blanked
before the contusion
the colors to lose

triptych
bruise

before the vacant
after the vacated
before the Cartesian
after the thought

before the context
after the stage

triptych

before the background
after the play
before the monologue
after soliloquizing
a flourishing lack
in marshaling the purple wounds

triptych

before the question
after debate
before the river
after the ice
before the flower
after the bed

triptych

before the dust
after the star
before the lit
after the snuffed
before Academies exacting
           Institutes of Errancy

TRIPTYCH

before the spirits
after the idols
before the gods
after the parents
before the pinups
after the heroes

in the reign of country
in the excision of hail

in the egg of
in the hole of
in the iris of
in the arm of
in the umbilical crook

before the electric
after the storm

before the story
after the lie

before the word
after the sound

in earth tide
    nucleotide

atta gatta atta cat tag

atta gatta atta cat tag

a   ta    cata ca    cata ca  taca aat
taag    taag    taag    taag
taca taca gata taca gata gatta gatta taacca

taca ca taca ca taca ca taca ca
aca aca aca gaca aca gaca aca aca
ca ta taca ca taca ca taca ca taca ca taca ca

gaga agga ga ta caag
ca gaga agga cag
ca ga ca ga  ga ca  gag

         ..gaga ca
         ..gaga ca
         ..ga.aca


caga tac cagata tac cagattaca tacatta
ta ta ca ca ga ga

a ….

after vibration
before the pulse

in the corner of space
in the curve of arc
in the coil of helix
in the spiraled fluidic curl


the float
the drift
the glide
the wing
the fire
the air
the water
the soil

the soil
the water
the air

in fire

oxygen

IS

ALL

in is o in is o top in top topic in isotope topical isotropic not/e

after the melting
before the strip
after the cannery
before the flint
after the peel
before the shard
after the drop
before the rise
after the plummet
before the Fall


before the after
after before

the be

the coming

being

becomes you

that you

become

the mask the mask the mask the mask
the mask the mask the mask the mask
the mask the mask the mask the mask
the mask the mask the mask the mask
the mask the mask the mask the mask
the mask the mask the mask the mask
the mask the mask the mask the mask
 
the mask the mask the mask
the mask the mask
the mask

the mask

the mask

the fluxing mask

the mask

the mask


the–

       is-tic mask

real-
that becomes you

real-
that defines you

real-

that you’re sure

in the dropped propagation

in the ruinous plan

it is

the mask


that beholds you


it is the mask


that becomes you


that you become

what you are

what you would be

what you have always been


in the mask

en-masked


De||ter[re]||mining’s

End





 

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                                                                                                           September 16, 2012