Pansy Maurer-Alvarez


from LEGEND OF THE WINTER TRIP (XII)

Edge into the winter room
The room is sharpening its
Fracture zone open to the sky
Comb straight the slipping paths
The private seed belongs

Plum cherry pear and turquoise
Missing stem      leave leaf black
Buildings prompt the weather
Ignite span tunnels      rub space
Soaring mortal inaudible cracks

The unremembered body
The corpse’s pale water fingers


from LEGEND OF THE WINTER TRIP (VII)

Ride afraid this surface
Over grass and glass
Boat awake straightening
The pond faster tightening
Infection grabbing blue
At this stage gestures
Push wondering rural dreams

Skin covered in pain
Once fire and firewall
Yellow foliage conversations
Hooked the environment
Hissing public signals blank
Window afraid of sliding sticking
Cracking proud the lines of time



from LEGEND OF THE WINTER TRIP (XIII)

Dusty      in between      losing
Clean guidelines that shape
Inverted tie-ups
And contorted hostility
The powerful human collapse
In the waiting room
Hard and suffocating
On weekends unnatural
Chests alive and open-palmed
Arrested and clapped
Behind binoculars
This phantom red dress
This underwater sleeplessness
On cue      locate crowds      the ship


from LEGEND OF THE WINTER TRIP (X)

Crimes against the path
We are above all everything
Unknown to governments
Pearly electric states
Don’t call yourself that
Take your stones and your shoes
Your distant village
Arriving desolate      accompany
The dancers      Senegal’s nerves
Faithful      unsettling ribs


from LEGEND OF THE WINTER TRIP (XIV)

A quiet      born in      displacement
A wealth of names      of threads
Of printed history
Children vanish step by hinge
Liquid threshold      front
Lines shifting      haggle
Amid buzz      afternoon crack
Determining an edge
Ribbed with vainly meager lip
Stains shouldering the weight
Hunched appeal broken
Smoke loose and contagious
Will trade a near shelter
For stars      lost parents      recognize




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