The Hanged-Man

by Jesse Anger

To mouth this unformed hollowness
where does one begin?

Hands that brush the tall road-grass,
lines that glyph and thin,

channels carved across the palm—
branching divination.

White-rose heart. Beaten ring.
Arching yews. A wing.

The cold castle battlement.
Intermittent war.

The voice that slowly holed a stone—
the same voice as before

winding round the stair in shadow
winding round the stair.

Here a fool is growing wise
then sentient, then clear.

Knees bent, sin bent, lowered
in a peepshow prayer.

Nothing is still moving here
and nothing is still there.


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Far Too Close is out of print from The Blasted Tree Store.


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Far Too Close by Jesse Anger is a composite of Blasted Tree originals and previously published work. For information about the publication history of Far Too Close, please read the Acknowledgements (Acknowledgements & Thanks).

ISBN [Digital]: 978-0-9938364-7-3

Cover Design by Kyle Flemmer - Cover Image by Dimitri Castrique