Motion makes a tree.
The bee in my wine
jumps to the branch,
leaps, perhaps, faith.
Centripetal limbs curling.
The pine needles did pirouettes.
Six flowers fell,
kissed the ground,
and proceeded to get
too old to move.
Francis Raven is editorial assistant at the Journal of Aesthetics
and Art Criticism. A first novel, Inverted Curvatures, will be published
this fall by Spuyten Duyvil. Chapbooks "Notestalk" and
"Notationing" were published by Broken Boulder Press and
a novella "Journey Writ Large" was published as a chapbook
by Anabasis Press. Sonnets, written in collaboration with Jeff Bacon,
were published as an electronic chapbook by Beard of Bees. Raven's
poems have been published in Mudlark, Conundrum, Untitled, Pindeldyboz,
Big Bridge, Le Petite Zine, and Can We Have Our Ball Back? Essays
and articles of mine have been published in Jacket, Clamor, In These
Times, The Fulcrum Annual, Rain Taxi, Sauce, and Pavement Saw.