RADIANT INVENTORY



1988, 8,472 words

TABLE OF CONTENTS

THE SECULAR GRAIL

Radiant Inventory
Depth Sounding, Lake Windermere
This My Emissary
Open Heart
Shadows Of Silence
The Owls
Cascade Mountain
Night Trains
Halcyon July In Algoma
Each Other The Work
Jaguarundi
Heatwave
Grey Wind, Grey Light

EQUIVOCAL MERCIES

Points In Time
"DNA is the selective..."
The Incremental Genealogy Of Spring
Video Marquee
The Lateshow Diorama
Portrait Of The Soul In A Timeless Room

LOG ENTRIES

Heaven
"directional leakage..."
"Roughly equivalent..."
"excellence at discerning context..."
"only way you could ..."
"As frequency..."

STANDARD ENTRIES

Knowledge Of Neurophysiology As Defence Against Attack
Ion Ore
The Mason
Venereal Welding
Winter Central
Reptile Forecast
Torontosaurus Sex
Jettison Khaki
Ingot We Trust
Ten Typically Geological Suicides
Medial Delta
Deity Without A Cause
"sederver..."

THE GENEALOGY OF SPRING

The Way The Words Went
Eroluminescence
The Interrogator
Montreal
Blue Evening Genealogy
Knowledge
Aerolingus
Accord
Startled With White Roses
Mare Imbrium
Desert Of Light
Observers
Covenant & Closure
Elora Gorge; I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII.


Radiant Inventory

The world has become
a spectacle of absence,
a radiant inventory.
The sunlight that falls
on the margin of the lake
nurtures a deficit
in its clarity, its violence.
These waves are items are
a description of themselves
in discourse with their changes
through time. The sand
is a finite texture of
self corruption. Everything
interpenetrating, extensile,
at once continuous and discrete.
This sunlight both sustains and erodes
the luminous surface of matter
the precise miracle of life.

Now that I have been opened
I can never be closed again.
The reflection of the sun on the waves
is a shining path to the horizon
a dazzling lucent shuttle
of unknowable complexity.
A cloud over the sun
momentary camera obscura.
And as I move towards resolution
the world abandons its detail
in a theatre at once dark & light
where life is a kind of joyous shade
a shadow over the sun
a dark radiance.



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