_____of the size of signs, of sighs
Seized at zero.
A dry soul is best
But to stand
_____beyond witness, burying the sun
_____or else writing fire
_____along a circumference of unclosing
—this is my faith & my reason.
I enter history
As a secret agent or stone effigy
_____dedicated to communism
_____but eaten away by music.
_____beg to begin—
_____is a precipice, then
A human voice predates the universe.
Everything sends, never to receive
Premonitory to a shriek—of
_____immensité the vocable, irrevocable
Andrew Joron is the author of Trance Archive: New and Selected Poems (City Lights, 2010) and translator of the German fantasy writer Paul Scheerbart’s The Perpetual Motion Machine (Wakefield Press, 2011). Joron lives in Berkeley, California, and plays the theremin in the dark ambient quartet Cloud Shepherd.