by Robert Kelly
Once when I read the funnies
I took my little magnifying glass
and looked too close.
Forms became colors and colors
were just arrays of dots
and between the dots I saw the rough bleak
storyless legend of the pulp paper
empty as the winter moon
and I dreaded it.
I had looked right through,
when I wanted a universe
looker and looking and the seen
forever, detail after detail
never ending. And all I had found
was between. But between
had its own song:
Find it in the space between—
it is just as empty as it seems
but this blankness is your mother.
-Read at St. Lydia’s on June 2 and June 3