Pushing Water 23
        for Jackson Mac Low

 
Charles Alexander

lamp light
bulb light
sun light                   through window
airport light
airplane lights           through window
flashing lights           through window
where light                through
when light                 after
why light                   this
after light
 
designation of light
remembrance of light
creation of light
 
the movement of light through a prism
 
the half eternity
move occurs Voices each make eye ninety-three the
other form
light inwardness glass hole transformed
twinned hemispheres retina One unlinks glass head
and
periphery reversing in snails moment
 
 
yellow highway lights all in a row
neon lights seen from an airplane
 
in one order the lights in another order the lights
 
the movement of light through a prism
 
the hinged Euridice
metanoia of void eardrum may early nothing their
own first
lyre its glass held through
the happen Reality once under glass holocaust
a
proportion ringed in swirled merely
 
 
light of the eaten moon
protected in lines escaped
from the church steeple apex
where geometric light imagined
 
tissue-thin monotone
light undisturbed
by colors
 
the movement of light through a prism
 
the heave expands
moves of voions espesse Matrix energy number to
of fathomed
live in got him the
throat him rid of us
grassblade he
at
preaching rustling in sun mountain
 
 
while in lemon light
I am my self
a complex of light
insufferable
 
the movement of light through a prism
 
the hearing explained
magnified obliquely visible existence man equilateral not that
One falls
lake in green half through
turtle Head reply O upon grave him
angels
perpetual rose it shall morning
 
 
light through red maple leaf
plucked from tree just
before ready to fall
 
fallen light
dry light
halcyon light
among of goes green light
 
the movement of light through a prism
 
to transform ear
mind of voice ends morning every noise through
on foot
let it grass heart trust
the hail root O unto ground how
a
place rock in sown mad
 
 
blackboard on porch of old house on pickard avenue
 
                CRAZY WISDOM
 
                FORGET THE QUESTION
 
                FORGET THE ANSWER
 
shimmer path Hero paradise light of the street with leaves air floating dance among above
and below the arch of late fall trees time extending self in sublime act embrace
(norman, oklahoma, december 12 2004)
 
head warming light in still air ten minutes later same street other world
 
the movement of light through a prism
 
throughout hand ever
moved out void eye mower eyes nature that
of fleshlyness
lit intensest glass Her The
To how ray out Unconscious gleaming his
and
prepared return is sheathed Millenium
 
 
grayish American light in a room of books at forty-two north moore street
leads to clear low light in a room of beautiful banging music
 
before bright light of thirty western bran flake days
and blue jaundice healing future giving light
and microlens light through light seen from the observatory on dimitris mountain
 
its all part of the same light
its all part of the same light
 
the movement of light through a prism
 
turns hills each
Murmurer overspills very earths Man equilateral No the
of fractured
lost is Gold hive taps
to head resonant of un grottoes here
and
Pool return its symmetry mirage
 
its all part of the same light
its all part of the same light
 
indigo
light over vicissitude electrons
toes open
far under crazy kisses
marine yearnings
gitanjali iridescent red light
 
bloomsday light
 
french sonnet light
 
missing the light
 
beyond the light
 
 
 
note:
Poem written after Jackson Mac Low's death on Dec. 8, 2004.Begun in Tucson (Arizona), continued in transit from Tucson to Norman (Oklahoma), in Norman, and finished in Tucson. Most of the poem is new and written without particular constraints, some of it makes use of acrostic structure, and embedded in it are seven sections from my first published book, Third Light Poem, published in an artists book edition of around 50 by Beth Grabowski’s Copper Ogham Press of Madison, Wisconsin in 1982 and never published elsewhere. That poem employed in its composition a deterministic method inspired by Jackson Mac Low, and the source text, ARK: The Foundations, by Ronald Johnson. I first met Jackson in 1982.