Dragonfly Resurrection (Haibun de la Serna #31)

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Dragonfly Resurrection by Paul Nelson 3

Dragonfly Resurrection

Horse flies are smudges on the air.
– Ramón Gomez de la Serna

Dragonflies are silent fireworks. Into the heart of a carnivore we go & see her arrive 30mph on the solstice see her stalk the rushes & sedges   recon the ponds   work the grass tips   maybe let the fresh sperm be scooped out to mate again maybe see you out thousands of individual eyes maybe shoot up to spy another dragonfly 125 feet above.
Dragonfly  older than dinosaur  cardinal meadowhawk filigree skimmers   western forktail  coal-fronted threadtail  Apache dancer  Aztec dancer  immortal unreliable  more spark than flame more action than lengua mala  more meat eater than lilac-sniffer  more drunk than your last hallucination    four wing’d independent flight.

Gauzy wings glitter
in summer solstice

7:04P – 6.25.11


About Splabman

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) in Seattle, the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the August POetry POstcard Fest (PoPo). www.POPO.cards. He has published a collection of essays, Organic Poetry & a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, WA, A Time Before Slaughter (shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger) and American Sentences, a book of 17 syllable poems drawn from the first fourteen of his 20 years of daily practice. The tenth anniversary edition of that book includes Pig War: & Other Songs of Cascadia. He’s interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, George Bowering, Diane di Prima, Brenda Hillman, George Stanley, Joanne Kyger & many Cascadia poets (see: https://paulenelson.com/americanprophets/) has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Bothell, Cumberland, BC, Qinghai and Beijing, China, Lake Forest, Illinois, Ukiah, CA, and other places & writes an American Sentence every day. www.PaulENelson.com
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