Clear and Crisp


[Image: Detail from Ai Weiwei: Fault Line. A marble replica of twisted iron rebar pulled from one of the schools that collapsed in the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake (Rebar and Case, 2014). Photograph by Ian Boyden. My thanks to David Axelrod and Jodi Varon, editors of basalt, who first published this poem along with several others on June 1, 2018.]

Clear and Crisp

The dictionary fell open,

a single word offering 

autumn light.

Then, as now,

her name cradles the broken 

and unbroken lines of divination.

—Ian Boyden

June 1, 2016

Constellations of Humanity

Each luminous dot on this map represents one reader of this poem. As the number of readers increases, the stars begin to cluster and form an increasingly detailed constellation. My intent is to show how brightly a poem glows across our world. I welcome your light.

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