Awash in a pool of superlatives, we forget the finer disinctions between things. Look out from whatever vantage your living conditions afford: see the generalizing angels huddled over algebra, shrubbery, dead forms. Sunrise: the hunt begins. Sunset: we pet our pelts, retire. Enough moralizing. Enough faux-urgency. Stanza, in Italian, means room. The cycle is all-- impeccable grammar of the sun and the moon.
Levitating from the dead, the color of butane, the king-fisher forces his hand. The elusive flower reveals its stamen: the rest is nature, ampersand. The rest is the unwritten part of the musical score. Electric currents sing fa-la-la, sing Il Trovatore. We are a part of a rhythm nation, a scientific revolution, a field. Hive mind can't touch this: the broken brain’s blather, the seep of gold, the yield.
Grass seeks photosynthesis like the mouth seeks a combination of vowels and consonants, opiate of language under duress, freefall. I press the damper pedal down on the key of F, the key of kindness, until my foot becomes one with the ground. I worship wind and reeds, stuff of Orpheus' song. I confuse the animal sunlight making designs on the wood-beamed floor with creatures anterior to name. I die softly, celebrant fashioned, or, rather, rough-hewn out of clay. A god, too, needs goals. I wake, prune my lemon-tree. I call night night, day, day.
-- Virginia Konchan is the Author of Vox Populi (Finishing Line Press, 2015), and Anatomical Gift (Noctuary Press, 2017), her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Best New Poets, The Believer, The New Republic, and Boston Review, and her fiction in StoryQuarterly, Memorious, and Joyland, among other places. Co-founder of Matter, a journal of poetry and political commentary, and Associate Editor for Tupelo Quarterly, Virginia currently work as an Executive Assistant for Sheep Meadow Press.