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First Line: Rigidity nonlife the meaning neither of life
Last Line: The water by drop by drop begins to fall
Subject(s): Spring


Rigidity nonlife the meaning neither of life
nor of unlife neither a presence nor an absence
but the snowworld the compacted snow and ice
so powerful that the granite
formed in the nuclear sun clicks like the dice
in a crapshooter's hand and shatters a white
incumbency white being the color
of hardness as in the unusual power
of iridium a lithic ideal gripping the forest
in petrifaction bringing
the encompassing the silence the sidereal frost
not just an antisound but a singing
of nothing a reciting of nevertobeborn until
whether near or remote auspicious or menacing
the water by drop by drop by drop begins to fall.


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98368-0271, www.cc.press.org




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