Adam Fieled

from Apparition Poems


Think of these in terms
of vertical movements—
what goes up or doesn’t.

Does this go up? It may,
if it creates something I
feel is not “in the world”

yet, but it must also have
solid roots in the world
to be something else, it

must acknowledge what
can be called horizontal.
The best poems are zig-

zags, lightning bolts, that
go from side to side, up
at the same time. This is

a meta-bolt, but whether
it “goes” is up to you alone.


“Waiting for the heavens to fall,
what can I do with this call,” this
asinine pop song was written by
me in a dream of you where you
called me (obviously), took to be
already granted what I haven’t
given to you yet, but experience,
my love, is the only thing worth
giving, and I’ve got that from
you in spades, so when heaven
falls we’ll catch it, lay it between
our sheets, dirty as they must be—


“What a witty rejoinder!”
Indeed it was, if you’re in
situations with witches &

warlocks, baffle them with
contradictions, but wait, it
would seem to be unusual

for anyone but me to have
this happen, w all my karma
bent to destabilize belief in

the material, witty rejoinder
that this is, it is meant (also)
to baffle witches, warlocks, I

don’t know who else, but if
she’s been abused— wit it is.


I have no idea. I, the Other, am into
this bullshit only to the extent that it

brings me these, but again, two greens,
two browns, one of us is one of each,

you can’t decide, I can’t decide, it’s not
we’re colorblind but no ecstasy in inter-

mixing, we part less purer (both in green,
brown) than we did before, and your

sweaty palms (as mine) sell yourself on-
line, I can’t find you on the site but I’m

all too easily found, but it’s somewhere
between brown and green, mud’s color.

Adam Fieled is a poet based in Philadelphia. He has released three print books: Opera Bufa (Otoliths, 2007), When You Bit..." (Otoliths, 2008), and Chimes (Blazevox, 2009), as well as numerous chaps, e-chaps, and e-books, including Posit (Dusie Press, 2007), Beams (Blazevox, 2007), and The White Album (ungovernable press, 2009). He has work in journals like Tears in the Fence, Great Works, The Argotist, Upstairs at Duroc, Jacket, and in the &Now Anthology from Lake Forest College Press. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he also holds an MFA from New England College and an MA from Temple University, where he is completing his PhD.

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