Lament (I)

back as every hair-stiff twittering antennae picks up
                                                                                              contact                the void
keeps chattering                      andand
where it meets the body,


which sieve all thinking’s down
is edge-lit, is
clairvoyant blue: hunger stalks the roots

of evening


              a star
                                 wind-tossed away


elk horns, matter-bright nebulae of fever dreams
both lie on grass—


beyond and given
over                      gone, gone

to seed…

each eyelid petaling


raindrops                       driftless
orphic quick-
silver—nails driven through

the otherworld’s


Will Cordeiro received his MFA and Ph.D. from Cornell University. His work appears or is forthcoming in BOAAT, Copper Nickel, Cortland Review, Crab Orchard Review, Drunken Boat, Fourteen Hills, New Madrid, Painted Bride Quarterly, Phoebe, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Whiskey Island, and elsewhere. He is grateful for a scholarship from Sewanee Writers’ Conference and a Truman Capote Writer’s Fellowship as well as residencies from ART 342, Blue Mountain Center, Ora Lerman Trust, Risley Residential College, and Petrified Forest National Park. He lives in Flagstaff, where he is a faculty member in the Honors Program at Northern Arizona University.