Rochelle Owens: 'Solarpoetics' from a work in progress



Wyh do we udnersntad a txet eevn fi the letetrs

aer in dsiordre




The letter A

like a membrane

melliferous the animal flesh

bread baking   butchery


Alphabet of blood and ash


Litanie   incantation

from the back part of her throat

salt for the stew   salt

for the bread


Sings the poet maudite


When I in my youth

strolled in a blue wool dress

I strolled in a circle

of blue




The reading brain    the eyes moving constantly

while reading




The letter B

when black letters of fire

patterns of animus across

the landscape


The place in the distance


Where the air

smells of poisoned rain

take one step after

the other


Where you do not want to go


An amalgam of words

in sequential order here where

you walk ahead   stop

raise your eyes




We identify only ten or twelve letters    quick jumps

three or four letters left and seven or eight letters right




The letter C circles

zigzags   animates the plaster

death cast   a solitary

workwoman then


From the back part of her throat


When I in my youth in a blue wool dress

I strolled among   maidens   monks 

and birds   I strolled in wind  

cold and heat   


Across green volcanic hills


There In shadows   haze   smoke

in three dimensional space  

piles of charred human

and animal bones



The history of the neurology of reading

the existence of a visual center




The letter D whispered

in the dismal quarter where

absence of a picture   the green

volcanic hills


Grain   grape   bread   wine


The story of the shepherdess

staged and scripted sub-plots  there 

in a bucolic setting our lady grows

out of a mound of dirt


Her rose-bud mouth a crooked line


A breast vein as thick as a finger

the wedding feast   bread and meat  

yellow   sulfurous   a plume

of  smoke




Some written words lit up or hidden among

geometric forms




The letter E

elaborate the graphic design   

chasms and fissures

in the earth


Our lady grows out of rotting meat


Sings the poet maudite

I in my youth   concealed and disguised

walked in three dimensional



Heat   cold   wind   water 


Data  science  

pain   fear   phobia   multimedia

exhibitions   photographic art   illustrations  

the ritual of baking bread




Yeast spores are ubiquitous in air and on

the surface of grain




The letter F

the preserved body rotates  forms

sweet bacteria   then the skin

of the fingertips  


Chemical     molecular   where


In a circle they joined hands  

ruiners and destroyers engulf and consume  

victims and executioners ooze out

the urge


Staged and scripted sub-plots


Genesis to revelation

in elaborate letters   shift   twist and slant

disease   famine   torture   war

earth   air   fire   water




Everything begins in the retina

ten years of research on the reading brain




The letter G a graphic design  

sight   touch   listen   the sound

of grinding corn   the smell

of bread baking


Then she brews tea over a fire


There in reddish violet light

violet light    a jagged black line zigzags

a graphic design   the head covered

with a hood  


identity unknown    tree   rope   grain


The air smells of smoked meat

his mouth waters   taste buds pulsate 

from a gap   a fissure

a flow of hormonal forces