Prism Sonnet

Claret flower, coal flower,
Blossom that opens at night
Fall, a yellow
To follow
                the floral of the sun

                its petals lacquered in bright angel shale
A satellite bloom the
Only blinking
                thing : albino retina, isabelline,
                the planet is a smoke

                                        crystal vase with a crack—
& Love the lack of any

Lack, that if     expended




Andrew Zawacki’s latest poetry book is Videotape (Counterpath, 2013). His translation of Sébastien Smirou, See About, earned an NEA Translation Fellowship and is due next year from La Presse / Fence Books. His previous translation of Smirou, My Lorenzo, was assisted by a French Voices Grant and appeared from Burning Deck.