It's a desperate satisfaction a cleanse (no hope in getting at this) paramount as if in record glowing or the abandonment or else being followed doneness habit and guilt another decade wiling outward a song mislaid misremembered so then I try again and find myself in the atrium letter unfolded through a tiling near the fountain in the airport I think being uninfluenced but reacting categorical bracketedness inflection hello it read and then went on the grasses swaying it has been long here it read like sickness like ringing like shallows like blue like fabulism like confession balance of intention no wait yes wait specks of dust on the image what everybody en route the sound of it better distance to describe let be gone in nearness claimed indicated inked binding no question or no question considered see this is like a joke it is something to understand as funny the there here the never always a bird inside the atrium caught in the letter and toward me qua thereness it is there along with alongside watch always always watch listen I was telling it how it is how it came to be.
Ryo Yamaguchi is the author of The Refusal of Suitors, published by Noemi Press. His poetry has appeared in journals such as Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, and the Bennington Review, and his book reviews and other critical writings can be found in outlets such as the Kenyon Review and Michigan Quarterly Review. He lives in Seattle, where he works at Wave Books. Please visit him at plotsandoaths.com.
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|Title Annotation:||TWO POEMS|
|Publication:||The American Poetry Review|
|Date:||Jul 1, 2019|
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