The Body as Code for Clay
David Tomaloff

laughing like a hammer,1
or a chorus --

a semi-

call to the body2 in storage

nothing is
no longer that shade
of blue,3

will a hand reach to sound the alarm,
or will the days begin
to fester,4

or will soft birds
carry our hands
, momentarily remembering

what it is to revel en masse5
under the body of the sun

Footnotes to a Wave Pool in
Missouri, or a Soon Thereafter

1. listening at arm's length; feet shoulder width apart
2. the part of a given movement represented with the letter x
3. some scholars argue in favor of this
4. a few moments to remember the sound of the word trees
5. pejorative: unable to assemble in reasonably significant numbers