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Published by Sidebrow Books P.O. Box 86921 Portland, OR 97286 sidebrow@sidebrow.net www.sidebrow.net Š2016 by Mathias Svalina All rights reserved Cover art by Josh Keyes Cover design by Jason & Felix Snyder Book design by Jason Snyder ISBN: 1-940090-05-9 ISBN-13: 978-1-940090-05-4 first edition

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THE WINE-DARK SEA MATH IAS S VAL INA

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for Selah Saterstrom


It is a convenience not to fear the dark. —Diogenes (tr. Guy Davenport)


T h e W ine -Da r k S e a

Knowing suffering is a liturgy. Knowing the eyeless we grow more eyes. Just think: your own hand is always awake. I want to show you what I saw in the glass. Let’s unbury everything clotted with nests.

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I am trying to be simple as ink. I talk to you sometimes in the daylight. At night I try not to suspend. There is so much I can’t form that is true. Celan said this to Ilana Shmueli: Through you I translate you over to me.

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I want what the date wants from its box, printed in lip. The concerto cast a morning beneath bridges where ropes dangle. I cannot stand inside myself. What emerged when I opened my mouth was a thanking tomb. So we tremble. Do we tremble? We tremble.

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Asking is easy for a number. Words are burdens. Mouths lumber. I should not be afraid of myself: a little perpetuity with arms, a comb with teeth bent back. Around me the white draws a ring, a one.

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The hum, yes, that corruption. That rot at play. Beneath me, Easter. Meanwhile, a PO box.

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I almost died like a letter never posted. Glue brittle. I needed it later but by then each word quivered in quotation marks.

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I breathe with gate & I breathe with light & not only with it. This is repetition. I breathe the uninterruptible law of no money that we really love.

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So close to the river trucks & insects combine. In the river I’d be a difference, orange plastic bag, a catalog. each morning moonceasing.

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