abraham smith

 

DIRTY BLUES

 

spike face crow

come out of no

and right hand

sky go down

den den time

time swallow horse

time swallow hollowness

crow carry shell

water to pine

is ten then sixteen wing for torn

slicked out

flanks of river

cut sheet

bit the shell until the snow

oh deer

used to call it

dulcet impairment

dusk clasps

is new some

easy easy

carotid

exhalation

at least a lit

hang

little as a lantern’s child

spark it

on boy

by path by river

in his is he

first

fingers cloud

first in bone form

is ten fingering three

skips stone

he alone is

when stone hits

what water

comes to him is

blue hair

electrician’s wire

new king

blue skin

dove dead to legs

he walks the river

river’s wet leg

down in

down to where

the dead are

copper

firings