Stephanie Anderson


 

Ratiocination

 

I.

Sometimes I bitch out the eldest streak.
I tell it: you are not representative.
Sometimes glass in hand. I tell her:

here's where you can put that bird-
seed.  She is the daintiest thing under

 

A.

There is a game of puzzles
which is played upon a map.
There is              a game of
puzzles which is      played
upon                         a map.

 

II.

a bonnet on this planet. I tell her: the crow
shat you on a fencepost and the sun hatched you.

She lies: you stole that line from me.

 

C.

In a theatre
of clattering
pigeons, made
matter of
mystification.

In came one
with the intention
to suspect.

 

IV.

I'll work the pedals and you work the wheel.

 

C.

Corroboration will rise
upon corroboration.

 

V. 

The substructure is when was then.
Then was when? Writing the backward-
fracking self. Cyclops is a cheeseater.

 

D.

In cases such as           this, the proper
question is: what has               occurred
that has never              occurred before?

 

VI.

Sometimes glass in hand she smirks
there is a jeu d’esprit in depicting waste.

The articles a ripening issue.
So where does this place place?
I tell her: I have a drawer of pockets.

 

A.

Accident is     admitted
as a      portion          of
the             substructure.

 

IV.

Let us sift, she says, this calculus
of probabilities; barbaric opulence.

Cats are like streetcars. One gutsy
evening, upon the motley and perplexed,

 

F. 

Played
upon
a map

 

V.

upon the surface of the chart,
Marie mopes, owing to the
continual absence of all
clue.

 

I.

Sometimes I bitch out the eldest streak.
Let us sift, he states. The pretended
lunatic was a man in my own pay.

 

B.

The paper gives its       holder
a        certain                power

 

VII.

This thicket was a singular –

 

C.

in a certain
quarter where
such power is
immensely
valuable.

 

VIII.

an exceedingly singular one.
He asserts: the generality

a mere perversion of the witness'
phraseology.  I thought he would

have fallen to convulsions.

 

F.

Staring at the self-
fracking          self.

 

IX.

In that place: there is a game
of puzzles which is played upon
an argument, an accident.

In that thicket: weaving the dull
world round a certain

 

G.

accident,         in its

strictest          sense,
that      these garters
of Marie needed the

tightening described.

 

VII.

He trills: thus much escaped the writer
of which he could have availed himself.

Here's where you can put that thicket.
I tell him: you don't know shit from fat meat

 

H.

or a   theatre
of clattering.

 

I.

The articles were
found by boys.
The suspicion may
well have been that

the articles were not
before found by
boys, for the reason
that the articles

had not before
been in the thicket.

 

IX.

I can call to mind a matter of map.
Sometimes glass in hand.  I tell it:

an evening gathering distinctness.
I ask it: can event be forgiven?

 

I.

The walks of Marie
may, in general, be
supposed discursive.