"[This is sufficient.]"
"[In the same sense, a reduction]"
"[Reader, I'd've left this undone, gainsaid.]"
The California Journal of Poetics (forthcoming)
"[I try to figure out what they say to each other;]"
Vinyl Poetry (forthcoming)
"[the war is so lurid]"
Bayou Magazine (forthcoming)
"[12/18/15 – 11:20am]" (wikipoesis)
"[The atomists were not incorrect.]"
"[This is how it starts]" (wikipoesis)
"[What could eat her up?]"
"[at closing time. the voice inside me said]"
Drunken Boat 21
JMWW (summer 2014)
"[I imagine you / sleeping]"
"[In a dream]"
"[My hands / starred]"
"[The lashed knot]"
"[Fosse / what remaindered]"
"[More than the well]"
Aufgabe #6 (2007)
"[Rather, the hymn]"
"[My inked-over eye]"
"[Plait unto skin]"
"[As the crops are gathered]"
"[Among trees / the river I knew]"
"[Now, the divide]"
"[I carry measure]"
the tiny, 2007
"[Movement / tagged to the river]"
"[The exact opposite of bells]"
"[Plum trees reach beyond me]."
Colorado Review (Spring 2006)
"[O, sharpening edge]"
Backwards City Review (Fall 2006)
Implications - a collaboration with Nicole Pietrantoni
9 feet x 33 feet
Injet on Awagami Inbe Thin, folded and bound into 30 accordion books that expand to create a panoramic image.
The overlaid poem by Devon Wootten is titled Risk[,] Event[,] Disaster. It is an exercise and appropriation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.
Recall that disaster has social as well as physical dimensions, i.e., change affects risk, but so too the spatially diverse and temporally dynamic patterns of exposure and vulnerability.
As the body is physical, this too is intimate. Would that you provide, would that you attend. O, knowledge of change and its potential.
To express appreciation is no easy task. You are a gracious host & I am in your debt.
This too a matter of perspective, hence of knowledge & collaboration. Recall that each strategy for disaster is in some way a reparation of the origin.
Would that our direction process as stars process, in relation to another.
What follows is only an outline. What follows could not have been observed. What is true cannot help but be retroactive. This I admit. This is not causal.
Consider constraint as what inheres in transformation. This is an overcoming of constraints – this an illustration of complexity, a document of important progress.
Precipitous - a collaboration with Nicole Pietrantoni
15 feet x 6 feet
Injet on Awagami Inbe Thick, folded and bound into 5 accordion books (each 22 pages) that expand to create a panoramic image.
The overlaid poems by Devon Wootten are excisions and appropriations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's reportClimate Change and Water.
Reader, this is a record loss and abundance. Let me be clear – what is vulnerable has potential for change. Reader, as this is consequential, so let us be systematic.
Reader, change is never not cyclical: content, pattern, intensity– these will be our watchwords. We will attend to spatial variability, e.g., any increase or decrease in birdsong.
Reader, every song is spatial & we must assume significance – as rivers to the lakes they feed.
Reader, let us be consistent. O, sign and magnitude, O, varied substance! O, uncertainty.
Reader, to what avail? & at what distance moved?
Reader, sound me true – what rent thing fills these sails?
Reader, I comprehend. Variability is to risk as frequency to consequence – end & and in proportion.
Reader, tend these words as to the wind or tide. For what guides declines our course, as mountains call to currents.
Reader, let us temper our demands. Each of us is water and salt, thus each of us contains a sea.
Reader, we are subject to each other. Reader, we cannot be otherwise. We have been provided for.
Reader, we are nothing if not precipitous. Reader, ours is to affect and to be affected.
Reader, this my intent, & this, my intended – a pact I would not put aside. Let us incline to one another.
Reader, let us speak from abundance. What is vulnerable must have potential & what varies exceeds all assessment.
I am saying this to you – uncertainty comes unbidden, as the migration of certain birds.
Reader, do not misunderstand the context of this uncertainty. Consider migration as a model of collaboration – the only appropriate response to scarcity.
Reader, to speak is to admit uncertainty, so let us hew to what is necessary, to what is vulnerable. Reader, let us go down to the water – for there is knowledge in these needs.
The eye's a snare for the world - a collaboration with Nicole Pietrantoni
22" x 15"
Monoprint with bleach, salt, and graphite on laser cut paper and burnt wood.
Text from the poem [What has been resolved?] by Devon Wootten.
Were this perpetual / or were this remote… // were this, or this, & this unimportant.