I love to learn of you in metaphor

 

I love to learn of you in metaphor

the fashionable wares of your nature

undressing my own, unmaking what is

beautiful in the world into beauty.

 

I had no idea about shoulders or

the inside of elbows, how they could have

their own ideals, or that I would want

to think of ways of praising them like gods.


R. Charboneau

 

Artwork: Edvard Munch – Man and Woman (1898)

Ten Ways of Plato Looking at a Triangle

 

I

The triangular atom

composing all rectilinear surfaces.

Earth and water are made of triangles.

Fire and air, of smaller triangles.

 

II

Fire cuts by the sharpness

of its angles and sides.

You would say it heats up.

 

III

Pain is the point of a triangle.

It needles its way into us

sometimes imperceptibly.

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“The Price of Aluminum” Published at The American Journal of Poetry!

Hi All!

My poem “The Price of Aluminum” is up at The American Journal of Poetry! You can read it here (but beware, it’s lengthy). The poem was a series of studies I did while I was researching the history of aluminum manufacture.

It’s too easy to take for granted something so ubiquitous and ready-to-hand as aluminum. Understanding its history, the discovery, little by little, of its properties, sometimes on purpose, sometimes not, and the evolution of its manufacture, its economies, all of it is astounding and rich with drama.

Anyways, check it out and also check out The American Journal of Poetry. They have lots of great poetry to read.

Robert