August 31, 2011

Poem-A-Day: Catherine Wagner, Air Envelope

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August 31, 2011

Today's poem is copyright © 2011 by Catherine Wagner. Used with permission of the author.

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    Air Envelope
    by Catherine Wagner

    A skylight stippled
    Wet, scatted
    With translucent brown maple seedwings

    I'm under that

    I wrote it as if it were a poem
    And my handy margin
    Would profit me.

    The notebook margin
    Lends to me
    Its frugal axis, asking
    Nothing, determinist
    Of route, but blandly so.

    "I didn't know."

    Push forward
    The bag of skin
    Scaffolded animated
    And house at the same time

    The hinge we turn on
    Wrap around night
    Becomes day, same page
    We're on it.

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