from HOMO SENTIMENTALIS : A Guide in Verse to Modern Emotional Intimacy


Love Poem 464

pinkness
purses its * own
definition as the underside
of still shocked sight . . . it removes
reaming in such subtle turnings
to trip into the soft *
-ness
of some silken
numinous * net . . . this is
skin : stretched * skein of some
sacred world in wide
opened
eyes
old epistemes are
ended : falling whispers of caress
-ing shades * shaking off sleep
's gold * glitters from
the lids of lisping
light




Love Poem 465

in *
adoring
you do I divide
you * double ? my dreams
dealing out demonic Doppelgängere
ganging up in the aether
of your singular *
esprit ?
I know you
are not this : no picture-mirror *
of mired projections' mixed madness
-es staring back in a mental
heaven at eye * -less
reflections of
yourself . . .
rather
singular : entire !
singing one movement *
which this ink's isolating irradiations
(our rays of rhapsodic alterities)
cannot ever rupture or
rank * -ly ir-
reconcile




Love Poem 466

smoke *
smiles out upwards
from your life's lips leaving
suggestions of sidereal serpents
or your * love's ill imminence
in even its unstarted
state
which winds within
your hair : a thousand threads
of still silver fractured * future age
arcing (aching) within
your *
absolute actual
coiled curvatures of
youth's agate arabesques
mixed * with a mist's light lingerie
from your lungs gently * leaving
seeming breath's simulacra
in my imagined *
mouth

Ekleksographia #2

July, 2009

Poems

Nicholas Manning

Nicholas Manning's first collection Novaless (elements towards a metaphysic) was released by Otoliths in 2008. Hi Higher Hyperbole, a chapbook of new poems, is forthcoming from Ypolita Press. He is the editor of the video forum for contemporary poetics The Continental Review, and teaches comparative poetics at the University of Strasbourg, France.