April 05, 2017 Fragments


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


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


I’m not that
     kind of poet


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


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


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 writer and poet living in Tucson, Arizona. His poetry has been published in Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review’s “Fairy-Tale Files“.