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trauma suture

https://abovegroundpress.blogspot.com/2020/05/new-from-aboveground-press-trauma.html

My new chapbook, trauma suture, uses erasure to excavate small truths & reconstruct identity. I created these poems while participating in 30/30s in a group called The Poeming, created by E.K. Anderson. I work with two texts; Indexing by Seanan McGuire, and Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews. Most of the erasure or remixed poems were created using a single page of the text. I’m grateful to Rob McLennan for publishing it with above/ground press!

Chaoite – Day 8

Chaoite

Dark grey mass

Shock-metamorphosed

From meteorite

You abrade

Easily 

Scale off memory of impact – 

Your shell

Not so hard it crumbles

Not so vulnerable it shatters

Resilience a specimen of the long game

Polymorphous – a learned behavior for trauma

Crystals have such nice faces

In a family of diamonds

Sub-metallic luster

Your allotropic

Double consciousness

White carbon

Thin bones 

Strontium -Day 7

Strontium 

Here we are

Shape of a worm

An interval of maintenance

This day we remain immure

Time a current 

Deciduous leaves

Here in the species latex

Breathe to annul

Rubbing stick parts 

Stems

Shrill dance of organ matrimony

Here lie vestigial buds

Their radial testament to joy

Any of several unfoldings to light

Charlatans for the wreckage – quick medicines

Caught in the points

Sheltering

So grateful for the warmth and delight of #sheltering in these poems. To be held by the woods is nothing short of majesty. So grateful to Aileen Cassinetto for publishing these three poems.