Antinomian | Joseph Harms

He washed his windows often, liked them fogged:
how analgeses anaphyl and lust-
rums will nychthem; sodality’s enjoin-
ment reified each day, too aporets
(the mesic manches sucate draggle heir-
looms over heartshaped hoofprints: winters falled
by card’nalstitch neath sulcate clouds exhaust-
weaved (yes, I pour it and I fill it)), sui
gens nonhered (hebes grisette soon will mime).
Once lovedenuded (nauseous years, own em-
etic), the sky impet’ always, he met
his gaolsentence standing: let us call
this sky a monster worth the worship, pain’s
diminished clarity longevity’s price.

A finalist for the 2015 National Poetry Series Award for his sonnet sequence Bel, Joseph Harms is the author of the novels Baal and Cant. His fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous literary magazines.

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