line poem :: caroline knox
Long jetty, long shell-racked jetty, cracked warped planks.
Beautiful fish, beautiful sea-bass poached with an August tomato, on an ironstone plate.
A snake’s slough, a snake’s spinal cord, a dry-rot stump.
A twill tape measure, an audiotape cassette unspooled and puckered, shining.
Agate prayer beads, kazoos, whistles, rattles.
A bike-chain and a bungy cord. A moebius strip and a broccoli elastic.
Split vanilla pod inset with paltry-looking flat oily brown seeds.
Egg-and-dart molding of vitreous fake sandstone. Contrails, mares’ tails, mackerel sky.