20 May 2010 | Vol. 10, No. 1
The Chemist of the Zero Dolmen
The wind tugs at the loose treeline.
Dark skiers push through fog—
the snow adjusts its many shrouds
while blind sled dogs awaken beside the river.
NAS FUT 1012.0 ↓ 31.5. The birches
slice a dull sun.
An orange canister of bread crumbs
settles on the bottom of the river—
a laughter of lenses rinsing from glacial water.
The star threshold turns
its reversed letter.
The dream of the apothecaries' dram
with a further half scruple
across a black sheet of paper. Trakl
with his dish of green tea. The obligation,
a broken ruby gammadion
with two methyl radicals calling
from the doll's house
across the hill
to Greta saying also
to the brother
that it's the eccentricity of the cone
that is killing Georg
little by little…
About the author:
Norman Dubie's most recent collection of poems, Insomniac Liar of Topo, was just published by Copper Canyon Press. He lives in Arizona.
For further reading:
See the complete list of work by Norman Dubie at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 10, No. 1, where "The Chemist of the Zero Dolmen" ran on May 20, 2010. List other work with these same labels: poetry.