Marcella Durand: 4 Poems

Marcella Durand

 

Pastoral

leaf and leaf and leaf and leaf and leaf and branch and leaf and leaf
and leaf and leaf and leaf and postcard of greenish sunset and leaf
and leaf and leaf and bag and twig and leaf and bee and leaf and
leaf and branch and leaf and branch and leaf and leaf and cloud and
leaf and leaf and leaf and pot and bee and leaf and paper and leaf
and leaf and leaf and large bee and bottle of shampoo and leaf and leaf
and water jug and leaf and leaf and plum and leaf and leaf and knife and
leaf and leaf and leaf and lighter fluid and leaf and leaf and thin cloud
and leaf and leaf and leaf and unidentified bug and leaf and leaf and leaf
and leaf and pile of papers and leaf and leaf and leaf and sand and leaf and
leaf and chairs and leaf and bananas and leaf and leaf and murder mystery and
leaf and newspaper and leaf and leaf and pen and leaf and leaf and twig and branch
and leaf and leaf and web and leaf and hair and leaf and tea and leaf and ear
and leaf and leaf and leaf and sky and leaf and hand and leaf and socks and
leaf and leaf and branch and leaf and gnat and leaf and bee and leaf and leaf
and leaf and foot and leaf and baby and leaf and branch and leaf and sun and
leaf and leaf and purplish conglomerate rock and leaf and leaf and shell and
and leaf and dune and leaf and table and leaf and leaf and leaf and berries and
leaf and shriveled blossom and leaf and leaf and parking lot and recycling station
and leaf and car and leaf and car and leaf and leaf and twig and leaf and
and small pale rock and leaf and leaf and yogurt and leaf and leaf and
sunglasses and hat and leaf and leaf and spider and leaf and leaf and leaf and
and leaf and leaf and leaf and bone and leaf and eye and leaf and green and brown
and leaf and blue and leaf and white and green

Pastoral 2

I repeat myself very well then I repeat myself and
replant myself very well then I replant and very well I
leaf and twig and branch and replanted I garden
and salad and water pipes and aim toward water
and power line and insidious tendril test, friend or foe?
freeze or fry? fried or foam? chemicals comprise comrade
and signal outlines appreciated I replant and send tendril
tenderly a curvaceous greenery tip an attempted implant
a hair a strand appreciate until swarming appreciated
are you a leaf a twig a branch a trunk a tree a vegetation
and wind and no and wind and no and wind and wind arriving
a gust a sigh are you friend or foe of aluminum greenery
of aluminum twig of aluminum salad of insidious tendril
aluminum of curvaceous aluminum greenery invasive friend
or of strand appreciate power aluminum garden branch torso?
Ally or comrade? Alloy or concern? Assay or debt?

Of debt

of wind of deeper of depth of compounded of extravagance
luxury practicum torso appreciate tendril percentage gold
repeated piping bowl I brick greenery tip dollar percentage
oil outline tendril curvaceous gold foe wind problem solution
vegetation paralysis subliminal sublime gold foe problem wind
gold foe problem wind alloy concern aluminum nature feed
how to concern feed aluminum gold problem? how to assay
debt feed piping bowl and spread gold how to paper thin
gold and spread and gold and blow life into gold and fill
bowl invasive piping debt thief aluminum project proposal metals?

gold life capital practical curvaceous tendril fill or wind

wind or fill practical capital curvaceous tender life gold

 

Montage in the Feuilleton

When right now it is cold
& the half moon is so far
above pines in a pink sky
centered with glue—all
new & bright—after a night
that Polaris looked like
a planet, as red-gold as
a comet—a pink containing
cyan, yellow, black, magenta:
four baseline colors as primary
in their folds as duct tape,
as we speak and our words
are put through the shredder
until the aluminum plates
are crimped and printed
with blue, then sent to
the heater, the dryer and
afterward, chilled. Into
the cold. Again.

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Marcella Durand’s books include Deep Eco Pré, a collaboration with Tina Darragh (Little Red Leaves, 2009); AREA (Belladonna, 2008); and Traffic & Weather, a site-specific book-length poem written during a residency at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in downtown Manhattan (Futurepoem, 2008). She lives in New York City, where she has recently completed a new collection, The Prospect, and has started work on a book-length alexandrine, In This World of 12 Months.

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