Joel Chace

Scaffold, #s 16-18

hammer price                               itself                               sold                               hammer

(all) so sold                                              awe                                              and shunning

on                               the block                               switches                               for cures

baits                                              portraits                                              for double takes

regalia                               chessboards                               taps           -----                regrets

fried                                              annunciations                                                   grilled

or wafted (in)to                                              the tingling                                              tang

uproar                                                                                                          along the aftermath

sown (re)currencies                                                                                                          curtain

flung                          of                          seeds                          shore                          waved

and willed                                                                                                dispossession’s flag

contemporaries’ current(s)                                                                                                wall

before                                    wall                                         a                                rising

scurf                               up                               streaming           -----             littlenesses

ply their broaches                                                                                                               braveries -----

venetian blind                                                             open                                                             on a sea

words                               in lines                               in parts of lines                                    would

have to run up                                                                                                                               the page

(itself) incense(d) rising                                                                                                                or daft

delight’s plume                                                   -----                                                   would need to enter

(inter)lock                                               warbled                               waffled                                    graph

impaling                                                                                                                 atmosphere’s expectancy

that tapestry                                                        this                                                                    loom(ing)

utterance                                                       longing                                                                       need

Joel Chace has published poetry and prose poetry in print and electronic magazines such as 6ix, Tomorrow, Lost and Found Times, Coracle, xStream, Three Candles, 2River View, Joey & the Black Boots, Recursive Angel, and Veer. He has published more than a dozen print and electronic collections. Just out from BlazeVox Books is CLEANING THE MIRROR: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS, and forthcoming from Paper Kite Press is MATTER NO MATTER, another full-length collection.

For many years, Chace has been Poetry Editor for the experimental electronic magazine 5_Trope.

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