ONandOnScreen: Poem for a Cloud Above a Statue by Matthew Zapruder

BOMB Magazine is pleased to feature selections from ONandOnScreen’s summer issue. Each week BOMBlog will showcase poems and video pairings from the Summer 2011 issue of ONandOnScreen, an e-journal project matching poems and videos. This week’s pairing features poetry by Matthew Zapruder and a video by Simon Christen.

Poem for a Cloud Above a Statue

 

Out of what used to be called the aether

very powerful beings

ancient people believed

they knew the names of

breathed instead of air

but now we just call the sky

you came

not really looking like anything

or maybe a little bit like if you could talk

you would choose silence as a subject

and I felt completely sure

you would never ask me

to think about the past

except maybe those days I will confess

even though it is silly I still think of as holy

a few of us used to meet at the Gate

for what we called a drink

but as you know truly were many

living on Eastern Parkway

against not being made

to do anything I leaned

and leaning was my secret tombstone

with soft grass all around it

I fell asleep many times in the sun

through the window and thought

I will never wake up

but I didn’t die I moved to California

where I see you cloud

and want to tell you this is the last time

I will ever arrive in a new place a stranger

expecting to be welcomed

then tenderly ignored

and now you are suddenly a giant tree!

solemnly laughing beside a terrifying river

no one has ever stepped into

 

About ONandOnScreen:

ONandOnScreen is poems + videos. Here videos are linked with poems and poems with videos in a shared space, widening the spectrum and essential strangeness of each. ONandOnScreen is a conversation between moving words and moving images, on and on. —From ONandOnScreen.net

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