Wednesday, October 9, 2013

new from above/ground press: An Overture in the Key of F, by Carrie Olivia Adams

An Overture in the Key of F
Carrie Olivia Adams

To hold in trust. It is intimate and financial. Between fidelity and fudicial is a nervous, fussy movement of your hands and a coined error. Field quickly becomes battle, which is not something my mother told me when we moved to the farm. The visible space, the space on which something is drawn or projected, the place where this information goes. Your fidgeting mitt, you’re ready to field it.

A day of maneuvers and a day of pleasure. This demon, addict, excessive fiend. Given to fighting, to flame. Once I was fifteen, like all of you, a similar coupling between tractor and trail, burdensome trifle, an often repetitive pattern, a series of movements in name only.

Made incandescent by the passage of an electrical current—to feed, satiate, make out, make whole—to fill those shoes, I cannot go back. On the course, by the wind, the fillip of your thumb. Filmland and filmdom, both gauzy in my sleep, corrupts.

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
October 2013
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Carrie Olivia Adams née Ferguson sometimes misses her old initial. She lives in Chicago, where she edits poetry for Black Ocean, publicizes books for the University of Chicago Press, and bakes biscuits to a post-metal soundtrack. She is the author of Intervening Absence (Ahsahta Press 2009) and Forty-One Jane Doe’s (book and DVD, Ahsahta 2013).

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