after cataract surgery, sees ultra-violet
one sees nicotine.
Nicotia, what to do but keep training
the globe, visions in thru it
where it was cob-webbed like an attick pane: Eliza has gone stone-
deaf, dumb, blind
but she never had a thing to see, say, hear or taste.
The best & the brightest, wind up vision in a skein
to unspool at dawn
Or shove it under where no light shines.
Folklore Observed Flying Over North America (Lumberjacks & Lullabies)
Fire-fox with frost in star-shaped ears, triangular tulip mouth: ice-moon.
Paul Bunyan with cloud-puff-muscles pine-forest beard-
bristle darkening the Great Lakes.
Patchwork fields of wheat his plaid mackinaw: the longbone of Tennessee his jaw--
small as silver jacks & ball roll under in forests.
below the plane an island's being born
in crude auburn manger to rest is best: melting pot of metals, moon, sun:
where love made lamps that landed us in immigration:
I took it square on the chin:
Folklore tunes, I hear them, I see the shadows, they bear in.