the blunting wind by matt dennison
The Blunting Wind
The lion of the paw’s left hand arrives a blunting wind; an orb de-globe’d, intact among, spins in a cot, handy house nearby. In inks the tint among the spine tree bust, gnawn granite-like upon soft curtains motoring wrong this love's beholden—this earthened weapon’s next. In dreams I balance the tweezer en pointe, legs outstretched, angle de la ballerine enforced, sufficient with the deep squirrel’s feet, the freeze that brought me unto the tomb, the teeth. My head on your head, bower ghost, weep-testicles out the crime, nipple the bone -shot sea. Cleanse your house in the great unknowing of the vain details like winters that mimic good skin: “Denmark, Denmark” coo’d the arrowhead rocked against the table. “No!—Spain!” re-insurrects the danger. This is to be the cutting year to lactate rough dosages the one thing backside trees ignite: the ill-buried ringmaster’s hat or gloves dressed in fleck-rumple whites tallions twisting his crypt, losing a taste for the gr'panned funeral, the time unripe for his favorite cigarette, his wonder-whiskey, his fat-back cheese. Why, then, when thus covered, the baffling self that is what was so, the labia lens I view through my depths and re-launch rested codicil upon its legs following room to room the dream again gut-wrapped in clip-knives-breath-alleys-time- jars valley-tipped upon rain-walks would I suddenly like not to age without? The dead bird now a glazen cage upon my Lady’s lap, tortoise-wrapped to keep her not, the intelligence of the horse’s crepuscular damage unwinged, burlap’ed. I am but a portal: some equal time-law of the self de-foreign’d to breath—my sta'tue, the manageress a' spoons, devolves, water-waifs all night in night all night. Amen.
MATT DENNISON is the author of Kind Surgery, from Urtica Press (Fr.), and Waiting for Better, from Main Street Rag. His work has appeared in Rattle, Bayou Magazine, Redivider, Natural Bridge, The Spoon River Poetry Review and Cider Press Review, among others. He has also made short films with Michael Dickes, Swoon, Marie Craven, and Jutta Pryor.