August 5, 2008 The Arsenal, Central Park, New York City From the Academy Audio Archive
o canoe, maroon canoe over mesmeric waves we row over an azure ionian sea over mariners' mum communion over icarus's un-ascension over men-o'-war + runner missions over ice-run ruins, over anxious cruises over seismic omens + vesuvian ooze we row, we row ravenous sea, reassure me reserve me an amnesia, caesura, a serene unconscious ease o canoe, maroon canoe we row in seven rains + six monsoons we row in summer snows seven seasons wax + wane we row near sorceress circe's manor (six + seven swine nurse acorns, en masse aware) we row near sirens + swoon severe (voices immerse us, caress our ears in razor arias), we row near mermen, oceanic emissaries on a wave our oars announce us in murmur, in susurrous music sonorous sea, connoisseur in snare: un-accuse, excuse me aeonic erosion, receive me, examine + rewire cure me + rename a carmine sun commences an aurora, an amorous soiree one moon arc answers in romance orion rises + canis minor carves noir a near aroma—some essence, some evanescence— arouses in me remorse + reminiscence: some once omission, some non-reunion, some mirror version, some overcome evasion, a misnomer, a woe, a sorrow— o canoe, maroon canoe, o sea swerve, o ceremonious casanova, o crimson sea serene, unweave our sinuous maze, our nexus renew me, new—no secrecies, evasion— a sum immersion in a now o raw maria on moon, o unison sun, o universe worn in unconcern, issue a summons, convene + reconvene + answer me is a souvenir a sorrow sewn are cocoons meaner secrecies is erasure a crime is reverence so rare is an error ever overcome soon, maroon canoe; soon, reservoir severe: a missive scriven in cruor, in rime
From Spring, published by University of Illinois Press. Copyright © 2008 by Oni Buchanan. Used with permission.