Today. Again. Almost.

[or, grass in pavement; beyond black holes?; “boundaries are made to pound against” (Hejinian); after Celan, after Knausgaard) “you have to dream new ways of thinking”]


We praise the dead (remember?)

and the Mother holds them,

in catacombs,

the earth…

…beyond the black hole,

again and again and again…


The world is radiant!

Feel that?!

Continuous fomentations out

of undifferentiable chaos –

muddy unsolvables


Look! Look again!

Quit speaking.

It is here. (mysteriously)



…beyond the black holes,

again and again, not yet…

Where are you, real-ly,

becoming and formative,

nearly gone. To where?


Look! Look again!

Call it listening,

attention. The smallest detail

comes infinite.

You are there, also!

But where? you ask –

and can’t be found…


…just there, now,

which is – where? –

No longer. Linger.

It occurs, what might

be else.


Cheers to the wonder,

unknown! – what

is. Like being

before there’s a there.

It happens…


…beyond the strange darkness –

horizon-event, that complains,

and becomes as it passes

in strife, in the Mother,

the dying, remembering


5 thoughts on “Today. Again. Almost.

  1. David Cummings

    That is a great poem. Your prose and use of line are both great. I wish that I could write like that.

    I don’t want to take up much of your time, Nathan, but what is your favorite (if you have one) poem by Tony Hoagland? I have a lot of favorites by him, and attached to this email is one of my favorites of his, entitled “Bible Study.” Again, I wish that I had the mind of skill in poetry that you both have (well, in his case, “had”).



  2. Wow, thank you David, those are high remarks indeed, and encouraging. It has been some time since reading Hoagland and I thank you for the reminder…I located the poem you mentioned and certainly was taken with it. Thanks again. I remember collections of H’s that I returned often to…I’ll have to revisit and select a most-well-marked one :). Again, I really appreciate your taking the time to express kindness toward my writings. – Nathan

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