In Imitation Of For Love
If he or she is clumsy in places, those are clumsy places
and when he or she says I have a lover or a husband or a wife, we or I feel sad,
or is it just clumsy?
can’t one make it simple, or at least simpler?
or why can’t it be that way for just one moment?
I am writing this on a hip pocket pad, a waterproof one
but I am not crying, never crying
and it never rains when or where in some northern or southern or western
or eastern city I am writing
to tell you I’ve got a crush on you
the waterproof cost me extra
the words are extra; they don’t come with the pad
the crush, the love is extra
and you are extra.
oh, wake up.
Dynamic Positioning (Fragment)
It is dynamic positioning that
Allows a semi-submersible the
Ability to hover there over
The well. It is a thirty-six inch tube,
A casing, that extends down to allow
The drill and bit to be rotated there;
The drill then spudding in; the seafloor, dark,
And giving way. It is a thick column
Of drilling mud that keeps natural gas
And oil beneath the seafloor while the well
Is capped and it is a cement that
Fills in the casing so the drill pipe stays
Unmoving, stable, in this ever moving sea.
It is a sort of drilling mud that is
Then pumped through the drill pipe and out through
The drill bit then up through the casing and
Then back up to the oil rig in the space
Between the drill pipe and the inner wall.
Juliana Spahr (Chillicothe, 7 april 1966)