July 29, 2008

The Shining Room

To survive chaos she inscribes
chaos, looking through

          space      this

shining flycatcher, oat grass
a line through fabric


name, a wild steadying
drawn tightly across

          what fills

To see
what won’t go away

          she lists
          every false claim

extending her body in space

          transparency after transparency

—H.T. Harrison
from Practicing Amnesia (Singing Horse Press, 2000) by Heather Thomas

Posted by dwaber at July 29, 2008 02:09 PM