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Marie Larson – Three Poems from Leviathan

Marie Larson

Three Poems from Leviathan


the blue                   or gold                        or white pink

line

                         start of wet      breath held
line

line                  a collector of insects

                                                     and disintegrated

shell
             collects the insect egg

egg      of insect breath

                                          exhaled
                                                                 tightening
lace

she                   disintegrates
                                                 along the
                                                 oiled flotsam

shore

collected flesh                            along the
                                                 cut of corset


                                                 along the
                                                 red edge of ship


new hole
                                                 of exploded sky

there is

                         no

                         sinking

                                                 only one continuous


line

the fringed land
                         stitches up

her spine
                         half submerged in wet wall
                         half a house for crab

her ungrateful body
unbinding

             denatured in the acidic sun

a buttress of bone
                                     found

beneath her eyes

loose
lower
                         jaw bones at the chin

a congestive
dead reckoning           of

             high and low

water marks

a brackish salt wedge

all the
singing
sand


* * * * * * * *



her head strikes heaven

blue limbs
           cut off blood

molt
             tender numbness
of sky

she falls in

             leaden leaves

out the               snapping ribs
                         of her dress

shark swept                 she reformulates her


giant chora of pulse
                         break water

births salty
             cuts of ocean

her shoreless
             ballooning scar

her gash           reopen
                         its lacey seam

steam
oh, breath hole
oh, emergent tongue


* * * * * * * *



oh, nearly legless
oh, swallowing stone

under weight of
elephant sized tongue

heart of car
and

swim-through
vein

she
ate this seed
for ballast

oh, leviathan
oh, sinking
oh, cloud of silt

 
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