Loss +a review of Zoe Imani Sharpe’s Loss + by Khashayar Mohammadi

a review of Zoe Imani Sharpe’s Loss +

I’m interested in the poetics of landscape
terraforming the metaphor into the palm of a single hand
cracks forming along the riverbed in real time

I’m interested in landscapes of a poem mid blossom
the higher register of comprehension callous with conception
the lower register of language in full bloom

I’m interested in floating in different registers of language
parallel to a poem floats the callous shell of masculineage
matri(c)k/matrice/matrix and the thoughtspan expanded

I’m interested in the politics of comprehension
there’s a word here I can hitch myself onto but not a sentence
language is always absurd up close after all

I’m interested in the moodscapes of a word, of a line, of a brush-stroke
the hush that overtakes parataxis, the fluency of thought
in all its fluidity, the trained pen, the extended membranes of memory

I’m interested in the binaries of motion.
the sand dunes of expression painted against
the step-ladder-thought-helix of the infinite

I’m interested in the motions of thoughtscapes
jump-cut then slither, boa-constricting the metaphor
Loss augmented into thought-kissing epiphany

am interested in the dismantling form, in style
not as in “destroy your enemies [in style]” but as in
“how many heart beats left [in [a single] style]”

am the static am the cursor now flashing
am the only me asserted into reading
am the + in Zoe’s Loss +

Khashayar Mohammadi is a queer, Iranian born, Toronto-based Poet, Writer, Translator and Photographer. He is the author of poetry Chapbooks “Moe’s Skin” by ZED press 2018, “Dear Kestrel” by knife | fork | book 2019 and “Solitude is an Acrobatic Act” by above/ground press 2020. His debut poetry collection “Me, You, Then Snow” is forthcoming with Gordon Hill Press.  

Banner: “Parataxis” a digital poem by Robert Frede Kenter

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