Jeff Bagato

The Queen’s Needle

                                  Could light’s backbone stretch
                                                       so far, etching this pylon
                         with shadowed relief, a history 
                                             of one queen’s soldiers
                                      and the many 
                                                  trunk roads they pressed
                                                               into earth
                                       Another silent shake 
                        of bones—runes one could touch,
                                                pushing new meanings across 
                              the table as their shapes 

                                 A chisel speaks the words in rock;        
                                                   the forms live on
                                        despite the cold 
                                                         and dark 
                                             that silenced scribes

A multi-media artist living near Washington, DC, Jeff Bagato produces poetry and prose as well as electronic music, glitch video, street art, and pop surrealism paintings. Some of his text and vispo has appeared in Empty Mirror, Futures Trading, Otoliths, H&, Ex-Ex Lit, Angry Old Man, and The New Post Literate. Some of his short fiction has recently appeared in Gobbet and The Colored Lens. His published books include Savage Magic (poetry), And the Trillions (poetry), The Toothpick Fairy (fiction), and Computing Angels (fiction). A blog about his writing and publishing efforts can be found at http://jeffbagato.wordpress.com.
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