Jennifer Pilch

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DEUS EX MACHINA / Daguerre

 


 


 

Daguerre, once sprawled on his chaise, rises to approach the shuttered window.

 


 

Brush dipped in silver made the world

 

Chorus: Pressed for time

 

He quickly opens and shuts the shades; /flash/ Rachel’s face.

 

for what’s a world without before and after

 

Mercury behind glass created your face

 

Chorus: Nick of time

 

Quickly opens and shuts; /flash/ Rachel’s face.

 

quandary of the fixed and dwell

 

Your face a glint in aggregate world

 

Chorus: Out of time

 

/flash/ Rachel’s face.

 

So open shutters for a spell

 


 


 


 

DEUS EX MACHINA / Daguerre

 


 


 

Daguerre walks across the dim persian toward a pile of diorama sketches. He lifts them, drops them. They scatter the atelier floor.

 


 

If a city can be made in a matchbox

 

with small sticks and perspective/prospective smoke

 


 

If a city can be made in a breadbox

 

with time’s curvature, dayrise & nightshadow

 


 

If a city can be made without scale―

 

You see cobbles you cannot feel

 


 

If a city can be made to rain to puddle

 

And this city absorbed/observed like a pill

 


 

The city’s not the same―

 


 

The potted plants go dry

 

Kettle left on the flame

 

Streetlamps flutter lost catalogs down hintalleyways

 

When a city has been made.


Jennifer Pilch is the author of Deus Ex Machina (Kelsey Street Press, forthcoming 2015) and recent poems can be found or are soon forthcoming in Berkeley Poetry Review, Dreginald, Dusie, Fence, Pith, Summer Stock, Tarpaulin Sky Magazine, and TYPO. She edits La Vague Journal: http://www.lavaguejournal.com.

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