"time waits," "numbered scene," and "surge phonetics"

time waits

the weight of time is the lint
burning in your pocket the weight
of time is your hand drowning in
ink the weight of time is the
absence of weight when you
climb the stairs is the spherical
air rising from a mountain
the weight of time is your formal
de-explanation of your shapeless
eyes the weight of time
is the weight of nothing holding
you fast to a chair it's the
waiting for the fog to rise it's
the nails rusting in your
doorframe the weight of time the
weight of time is a sandwich
rising through trees
,turning slowly in the light of a
rising sun


what is the weight of time?”
- Ivan Argüelles


numbered scene

murk an shoulder sand
loss a fingered door com
bactive sneeze returns a
focal shore ships on
fire a pool glows in
red basement it's your
trouble name or fog
wrenches was the calendar
you drew your diction on
,,,clawing at yr gritty skin .the
doorknob shim mered was a
falling spoon ,a page of coughing
gifts a page of granite outcrops
greasy in a nightlong rain

wr ench
wind ow g lare

trou bled c loud p late



surge phonetics

mercurial license of body a
float inside the door your
outer ear fainter than a dis
tant boat clouded in as
h fingered lid chews
your pillow's dog mask
waits outside w ait s ou
tside el universo ants
and vowels strings and
eyelids ttorn up d
rift o ff way


Found in Ivan Argüeles'
Coffin Text”



John M. Bennett

John M. Bennett has published over 400 books and chapbooks of poetry and other materials. He has published, exhibited and performed his word art worldwide in thousands of publications and venues. He was editor and publisher of Lost and Found Times (1975-2005), and is Founding Curator of the Avant Writing Collection at The Ohio State University Libraries. His work, publications, and papers are collected in several major institutions and libraries. His PhD (UCLA 1970) is in Latin American Literature. His latest books are The Sweating Lake, Luna Bisonte Prods, 2017; and Olas Cursis, Luna Bisonte Prods, 2018. See more at www.johnmbennett.net.


Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Monday, July 2, 2018 - 11:38