Laynie Browne

 
 

Ball Lightning Floating Down Chimneys, into Windows, Chasing Frightened Women

 
 

This thing called reading
curled into a potion
collapsed florid sound

 
 

When Your Shadow is Cast Upon a Bank of Fog or Mist

 
 

In morning cloak arms
of light fasten premise

Close is to chrysalis
as form is to falter

Unbound ether
a long word
inside a child

A pail of coal to
walk me home

 
 
 

In the Southern Hemisphere: Reverse the Words “Right” and “Left”

 

Not mistaking the moon’s face for human
alchemical companion how to embody
the actual instead of spending
the emptiness between eyelashes

Nothing to ask the oracle
pulsing mountain—intuition

How to extract self
forget iron, recline
in vast unstapled
looking-cloth—lung

 
 

The Gulf Stream, Which Skirts The Warm Sargasso Sea, Is A Good Example





Music to repair
body mirror of sound
latch for listening

She slipped her face beneath the table
the way word enters flower
fathoms orchid

 
 

All the Salt in the Sea Originated in Rocks and Minerals





The wolves I met were courteous, but also remote
In the post apocalyptic mushrooms blush
Kangaroo rats kick sand at snakes following star-minded
lesions—saying nothing with entrails exposed
Contours of the day turn and embrace

 
 

Sheets of Flame, Broad Diffuse Patches of Sudden Light

 

Birds carry burning sticks, embers

Axolotl regenerate bone, muscle & nerve

Túngara frog broadcasts unbroken hours

Cubic miles of rock and ash

 
 

A Brilliant Golden Sphere Which Floated Through a Nursery Window

 

Circle, oblige
O blythe ring
wreathes comma
singe radiant
warble halo

 

Laynie Browne is the author of thirteen collections of poems and three novels.
Recent books include You Envelop Me (Omnidawn 2017), Periodic Companions
(Tinderbox 2018), and The Book of Moments (Presses universitaires de Rouen et
du Havre 2018). Her honors include a 2014 Pew Fellowship, the National Poetry
Series Award (2007) for her collection The Scented Fox, and the Contemporary
Poetry Series Award (2005) for her collection Drawing of a Swan Before Memory.
She teaches at University of Pennsylvania and at Swarthmore College.