More Peter Pereira
Think or Swim
It's a short trip between artist and autist.
A sneak's a snake in disguise.
Poetry without the why is just trope.
I don't know whether we don't know what
we don't know, or merely need reminding.
I want to put the iron back in irony
-- or at least the noir. To know how terror
leads to error, and defies to deifies.
I can't decide whether I'm not
thinking clearly or clearly not thinking.
Sometimes you just have to dive in
feet first. Like his mother said: Take the I
out of pitiful -- you get uplift.
I'm interested in the space between
detonation and denotation.
I'm curious how things move
from ignored to eroding,
and from eroding to redoing.
How it is we make danger
into garden and
words into worlds.
So much depends
upon a letter lost or gained.
How we choose to parse
a phrase, spare
or spear a thought.
I want to know
how demotion leads to devotion
and poverty to poetry.
How we find the g
that makes enraged engaged.
How we know
whether to flee
Peter Pereira is a family physician in Seattle His chapbook The Lost Twin was published by Grey Spider in 2000. He won the 2002 Hayden Carruth Award, and Copper Canyon just published his Saying the World.