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From: Vol.07 N.02 – Writing in the Pause

The title of this poem is Deferred

by Tyrone Williams

In the old math

of Base Lumber


the square root

of a two-by-four


is two-by-twos

of sawn timber


dredged up

from a flood-


plain nee wood-

headed vector


following a tangent

only up


to a point

on a curved


surface that

for all the world


appears flat.

Now the dispensation


of carbon-based

attachments to






future extinctions


of a specious

nom de plume






tilts to



browns out-blue


skies blue

as the blue-


eyed earth

watches God-


black holes

wink at palimpsests.

Published: October 2020
Tyrone Williams

teaches literature and theory at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of several chapbooks and six books of poetry: c.c. (Krupskaya 2002), On Spec (Omnidawn 2008), The Hero Project of the Century (The Backwaters Press 2009), Adventures of Pi (Dos Madress Press 2011), Howell (Atelos Books 2011) and As Iz (Omnidawn 2018). A limited-edition art project, Trump l’oeil, was published by Hostile Books in 2017. He and Jeanne Heuving edited the anthology, Inciting Poetics (University of New Mexico Press, 2019). His website is at

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