Christopher Nealon

New Poems From the USA


Down to stubble,

Will. You
Never. Learn

and then back up

   -- to match
varieties of jointedness in nature
with joints in thinking,

or line up modes with schemes --

    Pastoral: clouds move
    left to right

    Gothic: clouds
    move toward you

Think more
Think more

-- and sink into a secular waiting, wait for something self-sufficient
                      that couldn’t possibly be secular