Allen Edwin Butt
Then again: it is sometimes
the mind age
differentia the first
goes smoothly to the tap, whereas
like epicycles in a former
a slower change: time sticks
the nervous creep of spiderlegs
wait six hours behind me, swirling.
to make the look of things dissolve
was solid. The one that exists
consider them a part of it,
can listen for it. Until it's almost
& become dependable for transit.
"Regarding" is part of a sequence entitled 20 Prepositions, which tries to feel out some of the possibilities and limitations of the lyric mode—letting the "I" attempt to signify a "me," not giving it absolute trust but not disrespecting it either. Throughout the sequence, the relationships between things overwhelm the things themselves, and "voices" are challenged but not dis-integrated. Other poems from 20 Prepositions have appeared in Peaches & Bats, 2River View, and ditch, and are forthcoming in Faultline.