Joel Chace

Periods, 16-21


.   Lifting it out of her earlier days.

.   We ought to master long-range forecasting as soon as possible, because, the longer we wait, the more difficult our task will become.


.   But as you continue painting, they start leaving, one by one, and you are left completely alone; then if you’re lucky, even you leave.

.   How long is “very-long-range”?


.   Her blond hair brushing the harp’s carved, blond wood, and flicking its strings.

.   However much one likes to formulate past-future equations, the prime sponsors of such convictions, the strongest motivations behind such departures, are usually related to no more radical notion than an attempt to resolve the discomfort and inconvenience of the present.


.   We finally conclude that there is an infinite complex of surfaces, each extremely close to one or the other of two merging surfaces.

.   Over time, they lived under duress.


.   Snow, and the sun, come noon, a gray-white festering.

.   Thus space becomes a parable for time and points toward eternal creation.


.   In a leaf-tornado’s eye, the tiny girl, arms upraised, cries out like a gull borne high on a column of wind.

.   A noncentral trajectory remains a certain distance away from any point through which it has previously passed.

Joel Chace has published poetry and prose poetry in print and electronic magazines such as 6ix, Tomorrow, Lost and Found Times, Coracle, xStream,Word for Word, and Jacket. He has published more than a dozen print and electronic collections. BlazeVox Books published his CLEANING THE MIRROR: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS, and from Paper Kite Press is MATTER NO MATTER, another full-length collection. Recently out from Country Valley Press is SCAFFOLD, the first part of an ongoing poetic sequence, (b)its, from Meritage Press, A SCRIPT, from Otoliths Books, SHARPSBURG, from Cy Gist Press, and BLAKE'S TREE, from Blue & Yellow Dog Press. For many years, Chace has been Poetry Editor for the experimental electronic magazine 5_Trope.

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