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What are Nerves

— Joanna Doxey

but all of my lungs

& mouth—

               how I feel the world


& wind                                   this wind


To exist in a wail               uncertain

empty spoon


                                                       hollowed tongue

               & wind


                                   A valley echoes the house     suggests mountains


     wrack the nerves                                        as soft things pierce


and shape the contours of sky

                                                       my homing valley


Not cracking ice but a pasteured sigh made of sighs


                                                                      & soil          & afar



Inside the house I make graphs of wind:                         measure my worry


measure & worry                    over time                         collect


               & disperse history               & sound


A valley echoes mountains

               how there is no totality of sleep                    & sound

How it starts—

How it enters dreams

                              in eroded sight and mouth and song

                              unrooted

                              I hear you I hear I count


I try

to keep the body upright
to keep the earth
upright
& over time


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