THAT ON WHICH THE MIND ALIGHTS, MOMENTARILY PLACID AND WELL-LIT by Aaron Anstett
"From the eyesight proceeds another eyesight..." - Whitman
Say we Google Earth then zoom and zoom until pixels blur and I confuse outsized flecks for the infinite’s distillate, with which our every cell’s suffused. Say I long to leave my brain to pseudoscience, yearn to marry the very air as I hoped but failed to in his last residence on the unkempt block, car in flames outside on asphalt, plywood board over door next door, men still sleeping on stoops when I left, walking fast past the county jail. Dear Ineffable, What brazen declarative about the world in general at last says it?
The fray of birds flickering over strip mall, for instance, knotting and loosening in air brine of roofing tar and next-door sea—vinegar, rain, rot—insists something pressing to you and soon you insist, memorizing, about rust-color sunset’s special effects, less pink-red dyed meat glistens than bit lip’s red-pink or red-red gone gutter leaves sepia of stabbed man’s T-shirt. You cannot prove he blundered past one morning on footbridge over dribbling creek—throbbing traffic?-- and never breathed a word. The big fuss persists: orange of flammable fabric, otherworldly orchid scarlet in speckled patches beyond pay day loans, pharmacy, discount cigarettes. As if slathered in lubricant, each thing in teetering landscape gleams. Miracle, maybe you think, body repeating. Lucky not endlessly.
Aaron Anstett's work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Fence, trnsfr, and Upstairs at Duroc, among others. He is the author of the poetry collections Sustenance, No Accident, and Each Place the Body's.