A clearing in the thicket intrinsically a void
a vacuum I can’t tolerate must push my way
into it through hallucinations
standing guard take my place
within but off-center boundary penetrated
a stand within a stand.
Patient I stay
toes extend into roots so long unmoving
the soil begins to make room
my spine calcifies toward the sky
skin dries out flakes away bark
charges up and through more new layers, new hues
Pencils are made from wood and so you take
my arms for a stylus hew a tablet from my side.
Follow the path of my ellipses
as I become the story you write…
I began my poembox project when I was in a marriage I needed to leave in a town I needed to leave but it wasn't time to go yet, and two dimensions—poems on a flat page or screen—were not enough to get lost in. So I began to make poemboxes, or sculptural interpretations of my poems in box format.
Jesica Davis is a poet and technical writer from Chicago. She’s an Associate Editor/Managing Editor for Inverted Syntax literary journal whose work has appeared in Storm Cellar, streetcake magazine, The Laurel Review, Kissing Dynamite, Zone 3, and other places. Sometimes she makes poemboxes, which are sculptural interpretations of her poems. See j3s.net for more.
Sam Jowett is a writer living in Toronto, Canada. They love to dance to dead disco and refract themselves in ethereal prisms. You can find their work in Room Magazine, TERSE. Journal, Pink Plastic House, and whispering along the edges of cirrus clouds. Follow them on Twitter @adabsurdeum
J.I. Kleinberg’s poems have been published in print and online journals worldwide. An artist, poet, freelance writer, and three-time Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, she lives in Bellingham, Washington, USA, and on Instagram @jikleinberg.
Uncovered logs from the distant past and the future beyond.