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A Tonalist Poetry Feature

Norma Cole

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false suns
shining through
ice crystals
what is known
to the senses

myself or outside
the paintings
of flowers
removing
suspicion



some

thing in suspension
that was
is far from

pretending a
circled piece of

air — the fantasy
of being
exempt



from

military service
ultramarine sky
age of treason

supports or contests
breaking news in
the killer’s space



the fire or
a day of
sightseeing

where did they
house the horses
anyhow?

undercoat
source of light
the plant



closed. By the
willingness to
stay — he was



distraught, pulling
his shirt, his blue
tie over his face

white orchids



or a wave of
bad checks

BOOM —
nano-weather

smaller buildings
tongue in cheek
the city itself
did not change



on this day
80% of the people
missed each other

cars beyond
bamboo fence
sound of coffee
blueprints
nobody wanted

to hear that



conversation
is just

possible
emptiness is
relative

the way air
resists



the feather

just
the sight
before
the eyes

money



monkey
donkey

hanging on
to sound
Milwaukee

tell me about
the driftless region

compass



compassion
anybody’s
lover

clouds
hanging over
the city

rehearsal



for disaster

or disaster
only

a drill — did you
get a new
phone, honey?
are you



practicing
on the corner

in real time

whereas myself
conscious of fog
or outside

flinging beads
into the pond



swim
from one
world

to another
memory
bank

pouring
ashes



into
the violin
case

speak
to the side
don’t push



your luck

like diving into
a picture
a real

hotel lobby
in a real
gunshot

silk



illusions

questions
are facts

orange wands
in driving
snow

never



think of
spring

the limit
sun

under the
second sun

second
stutter



small
captions under
these photos

a single
green leaf
rose pink
against

a white
wall



“Existing in the moment means having survived oneself up to that point.”
                                 Peter Sloterdijk, Derrida, An Egyptian

 
Norma Cole

Norma Cole

Among Norma Cole’s poetry books are Where Shadows Will: Selected Poems 1988—2008, NATURAL LIGHT and Do the Monkey. TO BE AT MUSIC (essays) is forthcoming from Omnidawn Press. Cole has received awards from the Gerbode Foundation, Gertrude Stein Awards, Fund for Poetry and Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She teaches at the University of San Francisco.

 
 
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