Adam Fieled

Apparition Poems


She lives in fear, if
she walks in beauty
she fears it—

turn fear to gold,
turn her back to
wet crimson—

a red life, leant
to me twice—


She’s been by the lake—

dredging up mud from
pearls, shells, starfish,

to be lavished in color
on thick tan canvases,

put up in public spaces
to remind those eyes

that are open to shape,
color, hue, depth, light,

what is and what isn’t
when we say “reality”—


my life is so insane, I live
on a thin silver edge like
a crescent moon—

it is necessary we fight
for things not naturally
given, or provisionally—

we reconnect our nerves,
blue, red, multiple streams
run between us, nothing

left to say, as we pierce
into animal existence on
a freeway’s rapid dawn—


O what a coy
mistress can evoke—
                               her red hair
                               was woven
                               just to pull
                               me into her—
                those stupid texts
                she sends when I
                goad her into red
                states of mind—
shanty that she is.


campus: she’s in an
elevator, mascara-face,
beady blue eyes, clothes
emphasize her figure; she
is being told about “illicit
sex with Julia” in a classic:

                              she saw it
happen, wants two razors
to slash our wrists, we got
away with it (it was obvious,
SO obvious)

behind accents
that scream “Philadelphia” I
derive this lesson: if you’ve
got to fool around, at least
kill an idiot in the process.

Adam Fieled is a poet based in Philadelphia. He has released five print books: Opera Bufa (Otoliths, 2007), When You Bit... (Otoliths, 2008), Chimes (Blazevox, 2009), Apparition Poems (Blazevox, 2010), and Equations (blue & yellow dog press, 2011), as well as e-books like Beams (Blazevox, 2007), Disturb the Universe: The Collected Essays of Adam Fieled (Argotist e-books, 2010), and Mother Earth (Argotist e-books, 2011). He has work in Jacket, Cordite, Pennsound, Poetry Salzburg Review, the Argotist, Great Works, Tears in the Fence, Upstairs at Duroc, and in the & Now Awards 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.
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