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By Benjamin Landry

Are we by myself? if this is the case, Particle and Wave insists that we want now not be lonely. the following the periodic desk of elements—a process commonplace to many people from highschool chemistry—unfolds in a sequence of unforeseen meanings with connotations public, own, and existential. in keeping with a common sense that considers the atomic image an improvised phoneme, Particle and Wave is keenly attuned to the traits of voice and anxious with how those improvisations fall at the listening ear. From the latest housing bust, to the creative visions of Christo and Jeanne Claude, to the labors of the Curies, to Pliny the Younger’s account of the eruption of Vesuvius, tradition and global histories are recontextualized during the lens of non-public event. Muscular, designated, structurally diverse, and imagistic, those poems interact in lyricism but face up to mere confession. In doing so that they undertaking the self as a composite, talking in various registers, from the nursery rhyme songster, to the ascetic devotee, to the unapologetic sensualist. They welcome all comers and elbow the bounded actual global to make approach for a dynamic, new subjectivity.

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Enpeached. The problem was current: you existed in two shells, one beside me, and the other far along the surface, so that you were only momentarily visible on the backstroke, ­upper arms alternating mechanically. Brief terror, as though plied by wind-ups, governed by terminals and the gates within circuits. Nervy as a finch. But the powder moon ­indicated to be continued, and something rose to the surface and swallowed as though testing its jaws, not very hungry at all. 980 A handmade canoe scuttles in a few feet of water.

Boombox Club Nouveau and her father’s Budweiser and the cordless like a doll she no longer cared for but made stay, anyway. 62 [Above] The yellow backhoe leaves the earth open and a whispering of red swings out on the hinge. Remember—my hunger is mortal. I carry sensible provisions: things that will keep, without seeds. Seeds would have to be spat somewhere. They stick in the teeth and can be misconstrued for wanting to stay. 1) strips of mango, dried 2) ampule of a body of water, corked 3) hands like a set of maps [Below] anatomizing light of winter If the nuns of Brest have been here, I will know them by the drag of their wool to and from the houses of the sick 35 and also the hymns they sing to stay warm.

You hear that? Those are the adoring ci cay das. Examples of dominion punctuate our waking hours: 1) We drive by and the field of ethanol corn experiences a frisson. 2) Gregory Peck draws a bead on a rabid dog. 24 3) Ecstatic technicians carbon date the brontosaurus bones. We are the gods of our own time. What we can’t use, eat or revive, we cryogenically freeze. Some of us grow younger in space. Some of us determine whether an atom stays together or falls apart. Don’t talk to us just now. We are developing a work-around for the ends of great loves.

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