from Atlas Peripatetic
The native word was rind,
woody plants such as trees
overlay the wood and consists
in other words most of the stem.
Any small ship. Echoic,
specifics of the brain recorded—
—loudspeaker for bass notes.
Please note this inner bark,
this dry outer husk (from which
it is extracted). What scribal error
this unlikely etymology, by early
sources. Stronger and sweeter
words coined for the covering,
to low like a cow, to rend, to boast,
to cry out the bark of certain trees.
Whose skin by exposure to sun,
whose shells in a red heat, slips
or disappears. Skin, plates on fish
Where is the outer shell of the earth,
exactly, especially the gold edge
of Calafia. The uncertain pages
of a book—
—what falls from our eyes
Glenn Bach is a poet and sound artist whose major project, Atlas, encompasses a wide range of artistic practice. Excerpts of Atlas Peripatetic have appeared in such journals as hutt, Free Verse, and Jubilat. Another project in the series, Atlas Sets, documents a series of ongoing collaborations with fellow composers and improvisers. Glenn lives and works in Los Angeles.