Readings — From the January 2019 issue

The Water Theater

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From a manuscript in progress. Smith’s chapbook, Zodiac B, was published by Ninepin Press in 2016.

It is delightful to sit by the edge of the lake under the yellow shade of the ginkgo trees.
We cannot see where the suspension bridge begins, nor where it ends, but the
pleasure-boats are sailing under it, toward the water theater, toward the water columns
and the singing water star.

Continuum of gold and space. Ginkgo means “silver fruit.” And it is said that, among the
lake’s swans, there is one that will become the Meridian Swan, the Swan of Many Vectors.

Continuum of gold and space and lotus flowers.

I want to make you
my tea garden.

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