‘Hurrying There’ & ‘Entirely Too Much’ by Tom Snarsky

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Hurrying There

I had a diamond reader read my life
out loud by a fire to no one. She said
that all the fluorescent nonsense I’d made
wouldn’t last. I agreed and asked her her
opinion on crystals: what can matter
be when arranged, regularly, with care?

“If we could build a house with many rooms
that all looked approximately the same
I’m not convinced we would. Instead I think
we’d set fire to the foundation and sit
in the resulting pit to talk about
all that has happened in our history,
its self-similar twists and (re)turns—
and we’d make it glow, softly, like plankton.”

Entirely Too Much

I am sitting

in a dream

house full

of objects

tin prince

little spoon

dollhouse

alleyway

& tree bark

lining the

floor—some

times phil

osophers

call us

“spacetime

worms” bc

we are

extended

shapes in

four di

mensions

I think

that’s true

& I am a

leaky worm

my five

hearts work

so hard to

love you

with a flesh

y sweetness

like rhubarb

& I want no

more than

for you

to pass yr

opalescent

evenings

with me

here

for all

our days

which is

to say I

want en

tirely

too much

& just

enough

Tom Snarsky teaches mathematics at Malden High School in Malden, Massachusetts, USA.

 

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