Matthew Johnstone

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from “one”

XXII: one

One / atop one

wants
owning miraged / “Then in their adjacency,

the inherent / things interrupted”

There are its isolations / many enough one
hearts of island /

one happens to be the thing

               that’s right /
               to remain obscure to
               those
               for those to be hid
          hid to not hid /

          from
 
 
 
 

XVIII: one

     “… they / ?”

Stint / lone

after gone into their
own by at,

unattached to its series
one / its own parts

/

Muzzles to

everything

One,

syntax
loosens out from

/

javelin that does not echo

only certain things you make foreign / whatever is
less
emphasizes the other

count your insides

a certaining cancel ones off /
to
cancel / even
adjacent
sounds
 
 
 
 

XVII: one

“To be no one’s sleep under so many
Lids.”

knows
ward, split
one full / too, off island
one misinterprets the thing
/
the only thing left deserves it

simple lists / one blurs of course out /
from
one

taking
which
conjecture and silence, days
without place

the island rages predictable

flares
the definitions / spread

to include, singled
to

     / I

am not

aware of them

spearing to exist
 
 
 
 

XVI: one

Fog of shorn / if being one
is inside
& sober
is / if
language is last

     is
     the event of one

     “one must not confuse

a happiness of the past      for
the happiness of the present”

which / for everyone
is
general

which
facets / unsettled
one facet owned upon / other
facets / what is this a thing

without owner / the event of one

your face does not come apart
which is one / is in no past apart
from
 
 
 
 

XV: one

There is measure to
the effectiveness of
memory / one
is
a rip
in deserts
everyone goes to

Histories body
/ one
staggered
phase
one
juts

under

tier

“whoso list to hunt it with a camera, / Ange Mlinko
hunted to nothing emerald?”


Matthew Johnstone has more recent writing in Likewise Folio, and Cricket Online Review. More of this project (“o n e”) is with Opon, and Inpatient Press, and soon a chapbook for the buying. He is one half of the arts journal ‘Pider, of Tennessee, Nashville, America.

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