Allan Peterson

Some Hotep

Wet

As to What

Risk


 

Some Hotep

 
The past is not anxious for discovery
 
it requires ingenious equipment
 
spectrometers  radar
 
a long line of archeologists with mirrors
 
passing sunlight into the tomb passage
 
 
 
 


 

Wet

 
is a complete description of itself
 
the one quality it cannot be more than
 
unlike more which is never enough
 
like the Mississippi that never stops
 
wanting to be the Atchafalaya
 
 
 
 


 

As to What

 
No stone unturned we say as if
 
that’s where we’d look for it
 
yet we are overturning them all
 
puzzled as to what allowed ecstasy
 
to evolve in the body together
 
with self-doubt and suspicion
 
 
 


 

Risk

 
The coast is not clear
 
The coast is hope edge on
 
It is full of specialists
 
one who discovers a mushroom
 
knowing it has never been described
 
another that exposure to novelty
 
may not confer immunity
 
but only a stiffness in the jaw
 
 
 
 


A visual artist and poet, ALLAN PETERSON’s most recent book is This Luminous, New and Selected Poems, is currently a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards. Other titles include: Precarious; All the Lavish in Common (Juniper Prize); and Fragile Acts, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. http://www.allanpeterson.net


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