Rochelle Owens: From “Solarpoetics” (continued) 12-15

[Writes Owens of her new masterwork: “In the order of the letters of the alphabet I am making use in these poems of a system of mental relations which by the act of writing becomes the poem, a cosmic meditation.”]


Vulnerable Flesh Eater




And of the volume of bread

eighty percent is empty space




The letter L  a right angle

walk down a street

step by step blood pushes

to the surface     


On your tongue  a metallic taste


Flour and water

yellow  sulfurous  a plume

of smoke  I strolled in wind  cold

and heat 


Drifting geometries 


Between victim and executioner

T H E   R U I N S C A P E

the eyes move constantly while

reading body of data





Networks of neurons organize themselves 

chemical  molecular




The letter M vibrates in

the earth hums the rhythm 

of  spontaneous



Animal hole  spiritual soul 


Slapping flying insects

Insects far and near

spiritual hole 

animal soul


A secret tribal language


Work is a binding obligation  focus

on a common scene  a plume

of smoke  bread baking






Microbes in a petri dish

a method of colonizing and dispersing




The letter N  remembers 

once upon a time 

on the sea bed  strange



A black line zigzags


Zones of inclusion  exclusion

the reading brain  eyes

moving constantly



A selected shape


A circle  a hole  a fat fold

of the abdomen  a breast vein

as thick as a finger 

A loaf of bread





All the letters are in nature 

the forms that our cortex chooses




The letter O is a hole

that engulfs  consumes  gut 

head and tail  one



The pit of mayhem


Out of the digital age

a set of skills in sequential order

body of data  data

the body


Rhythmic the flow of hormonal forces


Edible the heart  tongue

and  liver  sings the poet maudite

salt  for the stew  salt

for the bread


[Earlier sections of Solarpoetics appear here and here on Poems and Poetics.]