When it spilled from the dashboard as
to the shore in my yellow Oldsmobile
with the top down
and then again from the dial-tuned
77WABC, transistor radio...
Find it in the young men, their low-slung
and unstrung shoes, shuttling down the
Above, the El expresses itself down
expresses us up to the high floor hustle...
You were using the calm voice, low
as he accelerated and merged and
between the broken white lines...
When the Mississippi crests far above
it eventually floods itself back into
and becomes one itself—a tributary
I mean—no longer...
All of this and all I know are branches,
nature's chance encounters,
roots of choices, echoed voices speak.
My faith is in the questions...
Note: "Transmutation," based on the life of Charles Darwin, was set to music by composer Andrew Litts as part of "Dialogues with Darwin," a collaborative project between the American Philosophical Society and Network for New Music.
Reasons for Disbelieving
You are tangled
in my thoughts
this day after
long distance night....
In the heirloom photo, three women
sepia and close-mouthed, enduring
bad teeth or a grim Kiev winter....
to own these
into what we know...
The Ten Suggestions
Let this come first.
What you have can be enough...
Note: "The Ten Suggestions" was set to music by composer Alexis Ford.