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Backward-Spreading Brightness, and: Rejoinder

From: Colorado Review
Volume 40, Number 3, Fall/Winter 2013
pp. 129-130 | 10.1353/col.2013.0065

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Backward-Spreading Brightness

Clear enough to see you christen or condemn another
on the side of a beige building, I take the boat out
of the body that returns itself to me. I don’t even
remember the stupid thing it did or why I wanted it
gone. The lake is here so I take it through the city.
The city is here so I take it through the lake, open it
into line. I clap two ends of the book shut. It read
their hands flew up in surprise. It told me to stop reading
music into things already music, already in the shape
of reaching up to anoint or catch falling. It held me
atop the water that wasn’t there. Only ruminant.
Only I can’t tell which stomach is snow and which
is the sun that melts it backward into puddle. Tiles
on the underside of the boat. I bend over to book
fanning open in the slow current, reflecting where
the scene turns silt in color then bright where people
live. They’re so small I can only imagine what they do.


There have been physical impediments to forsaking my name.
I look in the mirror and the mirror lies.
I lie every time I put on my eyes.
The wind whirls down its color into clothes,
resembling the way it whips through the legs
that grieve giving birth to us,
pushing inscrutability into leaves
which are tossing somewhere, somewhere on the line.
It is always the line that hangs me.
Wrings my head into a bucket of loam.
My head is still here and I’m faithful to it.
Faithful to a fault. And the mirror when it turns
disappears into no more answers.

Christopher Kondrich  

Christopher Kondrich is the author of Contrapuntal (Parlor Press, 2013). New poems also appear or are forthcoming in American Letters & Commentary, Boston Review, Guernica, Jerry, the Paris-American, and Washington Square. A recent winner of the Paris-American Reading Series Contest, he is a PhD candidate at the University of Denver and an editor for Denver Quarterly.

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Christopher Kondrich. "Backward-Spreading Brightness, and: Rejoinder." Colorado Review 1.3 (2013): 129-130. Project MUSE. Web. 11 Nov. 2013. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Kondrich, C.(2013). Backward-Spreading Brightness, and: Rejoinder. Colorado Review 1(3), 129-130. Center for Literary Publishing. Retrieved November 11, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
Christopher Kondrich. "Backward-Spreading Brightness, and: Rejoinder." Colorado Review 1, no. 3 (2013): 129-130. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed November 11, 2013).
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