Michael Schiavo

Michael Schiavo is the author The Mad Song, and the chapbooks Ranges I (H_NGM_N Books, 2011), Ranges II (Forklift Ink, 2011), Beautiful School, 275 Ocean Avenue (Gondola Chapbooks, 2011), Dandelion (Gondola Chapbooks, 2012), Turn Loud, and War Time (Gondola Chapbooks, 2013). This poem is from Schiavo's manuscript of poems Roses, which are studies of the spheric meter, an attempt to draw the line down -- rather than across -- the page, to see what breaks and what doesn't. Roses have been published in The Awl, The Bakery, the first issue of Oversound, and the second issue of Prelude.

Rose 62

        he
        is
        loose
the
stain
of
the
principle
        he
color
of
rose
        of
        the
        rising
        circle
little
based
directly
on
the
cathedral
        very
        lavender
by
the
average
correlation
        of
        the
        auburn
of
the
east
central
        of
        the
        measure
reaches
hell
        adds
        older
        cyclopedias
yeoman
        the
        leaf
        of
        September
        is
        serious
the
song
believed
        by
        the
        worked
        guitar
healthy
sensation
of
sin
        being
        beautiful
under
certain
attendance
        blooms
the
rest
gigantic
        eclipsed
silver
as
the
result
of
agreement
        doctor
this
awakes
        government
        where
        it
        exists
in
agreement
with
the
heavy
        with
        him
order
like
method
of
war