THE SMELL OF FUMES
brief sequence of stillness
driving south into woods
a map of tones
I remember thinking your voice sounds strange over the phone
soft filament of stamen over soil
words are a surface like fixed carbon, like light fading away boring through
flattened landscape, a blueish, grayish ash in foreground
this idea of place hampered by cleanliness. what is irrelevant now.
the mayfly dies without eating. the field like burnt metal with
pines sharping above.
curve of voice distinguished from black bark
replace transparency of glass with aluminum
Sam Gilpin is a poet originally from Portland, OR, living in Las Vegas, NV, as a Black Mountain Institute Fellow Ph.D. Candidate in Poetry at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He received a BA in English from the University of Utah, and an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His work has appeared in various journals and magazines, most recently in Sonora Review, Mistake House, and Colorado Review.