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Notes from an Open Channel

Notes from an Open Channel


Never ending note taking

and a mocking silence caught

something of the frequency

in the room. Maybe it’s best


to follow the accents of a

projected intelligentsia

Anything can be dispensable

yet invaluable---


Understated flirtations,

a numb sky, oxymoronic phenomena,

a dry ice truck accident

on the BQE heralds the beginning


of an early winter, the evanescence

of vapor, hard water, the beauty of

drifting trash, or a spare cigarette

lit and cupped against the wind


in a lyrical gesture--all can be

reduced to its nuisances, belabored

propositions or a litany

of excuses with some nagging nostalgia


for an Iberian shore

taken in small doses.

The list is an absolute

good and all around its margins


lies the channel or a new

category. I think this

is an act of repositioning

or a darkening of responsibility.

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