Three Poems by Joshua Harmon

Aaron Gustafson

Aaron Gustafson, 10,000 ft., Shawangunk Valley, New York, 2009, c-print, 24 × 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

from The Soft Path

Brittle maples displaced
me, fenced-off
fragment of
field defaced like
the oscillations of the un-
housed self snowroaded,
winterfered with: an
irruption of red
-polls, the resonant peaks
of the Berkshires and band
-width’s speaking
terms with terrain’s int-
entions, pasture dis-
entitled by imperfectly
grounded wires: and a diesel
engine running a 20>#br###bio-blend grinds down
-ed trees to chips
Meaning’s made
by the fundamentals
unmaking one’s history, like
26,000+ psi
becomes an every
-day spin over the hills
and away: and a for
-gotten password
atomizes Taconic
reluctance while
time’s compression
goes on resonating along
remote sidings, but on sky
-strafed wave heights
remote is relative
to no kin’s orphan
-ed technologies
Autumnalography’s three
-lobed spike against cloud
-ragged sky: listening
stations in geotagged
woods where contrails contra
-indicate a system to bring wires
down: the 600kW day permits
us shadow-flicker
at a thousand-foot set
-back: echo edges

Joshua Harmon is the author of two books of poems, Le Spleen de Poughkeepsie and Scape, as well as a novel, Quinnehtukqut. He lives in Western Massachusetts.

Aaron Gustafson grew up in Monroe, Washington. He studied at Parsons School of Design, in New York City. For his “Freefall 4 × 5” series, he photographed landscapes while in freefall, using a 4 × 5-inch film camera. He lives in Seattle.

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