Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Christina Mengert, "Morning Marks" & "Per Aspera"

Christina Mengert

Morning Marks

A constellation of the body woken spread out so many

points the light looks back on fondly open it

open it we’re looking for something anything

familiar we take our bodies to bed and inspect them

for bugs then matter even the window

doesn’t want us standing talking at it making it make

squares having felt itself boundless and pressing


Per Aspera Ad Astra

If one perceives the figure in the distance as distant
already, the eye is too far in
the figure lost but desperately sending

for to be with, to span, bring with to have moved through violence
and achieve this beautiful contained

it is a condition of destruction the figure, not still a figure
will learn having reached its light here having burned

Christina Mengert holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Denver and an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University. Her poems and reviews have been published in Web Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, The New Review of Literature, Parcel, and Aufgabe. She currently lives and teaches in Denver, Colorado.

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