A Blank, Aspiring Room High in the Mountains
(from "Turning on the Domestic")

Lisa McCool-Grime and Eric Steineger

Then mistral1
to rouse2
paint in this bare room.
The man asleep near a heater
thinks of a table3
orange props, a lamp. Noise
of glasses

to tame time but also
blankness is a mooring.4
There is no boon but the one thing.
Out there,
she5 too has troubles.
She puts on a plain robe.6

1 A hermit
2 roots
3 aloft ink,
4 risks a clinamen.
5 He
6 puts on a persona.