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Chris Martin

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Chris Martin

Chris Martin is the author of Becoming Weather (Coffee House Press, 2011). He will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at Carleton College next year and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

by this poet


Among many tongues may clang
the bell of ten thousand names.
A clepsydra with veins of blood.
A caravel on a tide of bloodletting
is also our necessary clock, so
the he who is I at the
time lets out my elephantine toll.
Vein of granite, vein of quartz.
Piezoelectric hum


All that happens happens

in the hollow


open mid-vow


only song will do

what an empty cave needs

done, drone

that seeds to fill

one space and then that

space’s space, what

are we made

                    I was out interviewing clouds         amassing
                    the notes of a sky pornographer    while patches

                                             of the city subnormalized
by fear of fear            like a reef bleaching closed

                    I took to the streets