April 05, 2017 Fragments

1.

Tonight all I have
      for you—are
you readers or
     an A.I. parsing
  my digital
sneezes?—fragments.

2.

Tonight I’m in the weird
place of poetry
being weird.

3.

I’m not that
     kind of poet
yet.

4.

How much water
     is there?
          Enough
to drown the illusion
    
   of height

5.

As usual I love
     a collection
of poems for
     the glimpses I think
I see
     and not the whole
because understanding
     will take several
readings more
             
              or never

#NaPoWriMo 2017 Day 5

Discussion:

I suddenly have too much to do and such increases in activity frequently lead me to procrastination. Also I want to watch this week’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. So after a jog and preparing tomorrow’s dinner and not eating anything for dinner tonight because I’ve already had enough calories today, dammit, I read Ocean Vuong’s collection of poetry Night Sky With Exit Wounds.

I am not worthy.

It’s an amazing book that I have only read now the one time, but that is enough for me to love it dearly. In “Someday I’ll Love Ocean Vuong” there’s this gorgeous passage: “[…] The most beautiful part of your body / is where it’s headed. & remember, / loneliness is still time spent / with the world.” I’m just floored. There are gems like that throughout the book. The entire book is a gem. I cannot say I understand most of it, not after only one reading, but what meaning I did gather frequently left me on the flanks of emotional eruption.

And tomorrow evening he along with the poet Camille Rankine will be reading at the University of Arizona Poetry Center!

Thus when I got to my own writing it came out as little fragments commenting on tonight’s reading experience, my doubts as a poet, and that bizarre digression into the Earth’s water.

Poetry is weird. I’m weird. What a weird night. I don’t have time for TV tonight. Day 5 of NaPoWriMo over and out.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a fiction writer and poet, with his first published poem forthcoming later in 2017 from Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (richardleis.com), on Goodreads (richardleis), his Micro.blog (@richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).