Fathom 2005



Inside Cover



Sara Squires (2)
Ann Leslie (2)
Jennifer Clarke
Patricia Murray
Kari Gunderson
Heather E. Thomson
B.D. Mitchell
Wesley Colbath
Brooke Gray
Christopher Misura
Robyn Goldsmith
Michael Kimber
Italian Stallion
Oghomwen Ehigie
B. C. Hackett
Deanna Foster
Jonathan Rotztain
Sarah Lofton


Jonathan Rotztain
Robyn Goldsmith
Sonjel Vreeland
Connor Robinson


Jennifer Clarke



A Marriage

O the harmonic sanctity of
Walking home in a glaze of moonlight
With prismatic afterglow too beautiful not to look up –
­Just as I spoke the moon slid, cloaked ­–
Along with my thoughts (banal)
Hand in hand with the sky’s canal­ –
Dissolved in
           Cadaverous fog.

My pace becomes automatic
Like the lights scream ahead:
Red! Green!
        Yellow ­–
Streetlamps, ever-ripening
Force silhouettes to slide into shadows
So tightly wrapped I can’t tell if they’re walking towards me
Or forever walking away!
Oh! This city’s all squares – patchwork patterns of
Well-placed grass, walking neatly by rigid paths of
Concrete blocks that cut my lenses
Into angled edges         severed senses

I am my own ghost as my eyes arise
Up to Boxes we call houses layered higher upon sky ­–
But I could always spy your apartment, from this distance
18 floors up – by the way loose ribbons tied your curtains.
There! I found it, a detail ordered in your urban chaos
Yet you propose, a framework blurred, a grid of meaning lost
Each window a facet, unvarying rational sameness, forever and ever –
­But I know you wait for me there
Like the parking meter waits for 6 o’clock ­
I’m alarmed as blazing sirens pass, painting me in my own inner panic –
Gasp! Here lies a divine congruence of affinity:
The fog separates and leaves me married to this city.


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