Entangled Observers

by Erika Lorentzsen


We can't step back from the stars. There they are showing up regardless of feelings. At
the Chateaux de la Loire, Bolero and the rhythm of the kettle crescendos on the counter.

We see differently grace, bounty, watching our surroundings through pressed glass.
Riding in the car, brassy moments shudder past, while the radio plays a concert. The
countryside whizzes, as the players express cues and separate instruments infuse into the
orchestra. Even though far apart, the clarinet staccato and the metal drum unite with a
flick of the tongue and a wrist flare, how they bare all. How they bare it. The state of the
universe doesn't do this, or maybe we are the ones, who can't observe. We don't see the
middle of earth, the stars, a point in the road when it curves onward lengthwise.

The aerated dirt exhumes a meretricious scent of spaded ground. Like Stendhal's
"crystallizations" we want to know already and before. Reach the rift across space where
direction is absent, reach hands, reach a face. The moon embroiders the edges of leaves
with threads of silver glints, illuminated webs, one and then another.

Copyright © 2004, Erika Lorentzsen

Erika Lorentzsen's poems have been published in the Red River Review (US), and are forthcoming in Fabric, Fire (London, England). She holds an MA in French literature from the Université de Paris IV- Sorbonne. Her thesis was on Rimbaud and Hart Crane. Currently, she's working on a doctorate at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes on religion and philosophy in the poetry of W.H. Auden, Walt Whitman, Crane, and Herman Melville.

She was an editorial assistant at the Harvard Review, Boston Review and intern at Ambit in London. She has won a number of awards for poetry and scholarships, attending conferences in Seaside, FL, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Louisville, KY. She received two travel grants: one to Norway for the continuation of a project on a collection of poems in 1999, and another in Russia in 2000.

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