Tower
At first there was the brain-grey plane.
……………………………………………………………..Warmth arose

as cover. Context dawned elliptically and swiftly: tower,
……………………………………………………………………………………….town:
the intersect of upright/horizontal, portrait/
………………………………………………………………………ground.

Light replaced the anvil with a silver wingtip-touch,
the fluency of flutes.

…………Outwardly, I’m drawn toward the swath of corn-pone gold.
Here there could be anything—
…………………………………………………..all the mirth of rose un-
……………………………………………………………………………..folding mauve
…………………………………………………………………………………………in perfect birth.
……………………….Inwardly, I’m focussed on the sliver—
………………………………………………………………………….gun-grey blue:
the tower, and the old familiar sequence it reflects:

reach and freeze,

…………………………block and dodge.         

………………………………………………..Fey………and fade away.

………….The soul slips into the hidden oubliette.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elana Wolff is a Toronto-based writer of poetry and creative nonfiction, literary editor, and designer and instructor of social art courses. Her poems have recently appeared in EVENT Magazine, Room, Riddle Fence, Acta Victoriana, and White Wall Review. Her nonfiction pieces, “After Kafka in Berlin” and “Franz among the Animals,” are currently featured Eclectica Magazine and GRIFFEL, respectively. Her sixth collection of poems, Swoon, is forthcoming with Guernica Editions in spring 2020.

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