P. K. HARMON

BLUE TO GREEN

What can be said
in the body that the mind
cannot express? Look
at me. Every part
springs with spring (or
something) because

you look. I am
in a field that is
fenceless, I am
being taken in
by your vision:
me, then me as image
turned over, then let’s say

rearranged in the mind, your mind.
I suppose one might see the reflection
on the eye itself, your eye that is

blue and marbled. And might I
even see it and so this exchange
continuous as long as we are
in this field? This does not
express it but look at me.

Consider the new growth
though this image fails
too I suppose. Tiny sprouts
green with failure. My own eyes
green now and silently working

toward an understanding and then
expression finally (or something)
so you know what is expressed—
this is the body talking
and everything around it
falling away so just the body

being given to you
to your blue gaze
to look to look

 

 

BORN IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY IN 1968, P. K. HARMON IS A GRADUATE OF THE CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM AT OHIO UNIVERSITY IN ATHENS, OHIO.  IN 2004, HE EDITED AN ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY BY MARSHALL ISLANDERS ENTITLED AL EN ALEON KINE, PUBLISHED BY MICRONITOR PRESS.  HE IS THE WINNER OF THE 2011-2012 SERVING HOUSE FAIRLEIGH-DICKINSON FIRST BOOK PRIZE IN POETRY FOR  HIS COLLECTION WHAT ISLAND.  IN 2012, HE WAS FEATURED IN YARN’S NATIONAL POETRY PROJECT “CROSSING COUNTRY LINE BY LINE”.  FROM 2010 UNTIL 2014, HE HELD VARIOUS EDITORIAL POSITIONS FOR STORYBOARD: A JOURNAL OF PACIFIC IMAGERY, PUBLISHED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GUAM.  HE HAS HAD POEMS PUBLISHED RECENTLY IN THE MICRONESIAN EDUCATOR, BLACKMAIL PRESS, AND THE SOUTHEAST REVIEW.
GestureP. K. HARMON