Joel Chace

Non-Euclidean Ventures 6-15 6. So, the second and the third Wedding Guests —
those not stopped, who never looked back —
what becomes of them, their progeny,
in an after all new age
when — glutted with plastic, one
by one — tiny albatrosses die? Can weigh many ways 7.
   It goes up and down, and there is a little
melody, and there is repetition.
Heaven Realm allows players to traverse space and time simultaneously, so making a 5-D concept
Piece breaks off, drifts for an instant, mere, then returns
as certain desperate words will do, thank the Lord,
even if pale syllables, even if counting
to twelve again, so no more of that.
Yes, I do the exercises, and I shall try to do them better and better 9. After I met the angels, the first human I saw
was my high school best friend, decapitated
in an accident. There he was, without his head.
I recognized him right away.
Baffled by the root meaning 10. The doctors came in and said, “Impossible. You can’t be speaking.”
But I got a second opinion. Dr. Jesus said I could,
and I’ve been doing it ever since.
Genuine non-Euclidean venture 11.
There is an art to finding your way
in the lower regions
by memory of what you’ve seen
when you were higher up.
Some childish holy of holies 12. In Heaven realm, warfare
is ubiquitous, so you can never know
when it will happen to you.
Malleus maleficarum 13.
    I walked up through Heaven’s green hill. The grass
came all the way through my feet.
Confirmed in 2007: Hell exists and is eternal 14.
Her earthly remains
in several Spanish churches,
aside from one foot, in Rome.
Clarity of this stone 15. Another 500 yards from the Throne Room of God,
“Unclaimed Blessings.”
Legs hanging from the wall; every part of one’s anatomy there in that room.
No everlasting torment in the Pentateuch

Joel Chace has published work in print and electronic magazines such as The Tip of the Knife, Counterexample Poetics, Eratio, Infinity's Kitchen, and Jacket. Most recent collections include Sharpsburg, from Cy Gist Press, Blake's Tree, from Blue & Yellow Dog Press, Whole Cloth, from Avantacular Press, Red Power, from Quarter After Press, Kansoz, from Knives, Forks, and Spoons Press, Web Too, from Tonerworks, War, and After, from BlazeVOX [books], Scorpions, from Unlikely Books, and Humors, from Paloma Press.
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