They Will Sew the Blue Sail

FLUENCY | Rae Armantrout

We found that language

could reproduce the sense

of forward motion

to which we were accustomed

but only if


could be grouped,

made to


Red brown

(rust) cloud


of eucalyptus

beside (with)

which a spiral

crook (crank) (shunt)

of roadway

is out



And God said,

“Wait here

while I take

the shapes

I’ve mastered.”