POETRY: A Silence, by Amy Clampitt

past parentage or gender
beyond sung vocables
the slipped-between
the so infinitesimal
fault line
a limitless
interiority
beyond the woven
unicornthe maiden
(man-carvedworm-eaten)
God at her hip
incipient
the untransfigured
cottontail
bluebell and primrose
growing wilda strawberry
chagrinnight terrors
past the earthlit
unearthly masqauerade

(we shall be changed)

a silence opens

§

the larval feeder
nakedhairyravenous
inventing from within
itself its own
raw stuffs’
hooked silk-hung
relinquishment
behind the mask
the milkfatshivering
sinewisinglass
uncrumplingtransient
greed to reinvest

§

names have been
given(revelation
kifnirvana
syncope)for
whatever gift
unasked
gives birth to
torrents
fixities
reincarnations of
the angels
Joseph Smith
enduring
martyrdom

a cavernous
compunction driving
founder-charlatans
who saw in it the infinite
love of God
and had
(George Fox
was one)
great openings

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