Boyer Rickel, reliquary

reliquary. Number 4 in the Seven Kitchens Press Editor’s Series, selected by Ron Mohring.

Published: October 1, 2009 [125 copies]
24 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0-98255290-2

Boyer Rickel is the author of remanance (Parlor Press, 2008), Taboo (essays) (Wisconsin, 1999), arreboles (Wesleyan, 1991), and the poetry chapbook Surrender Ode (Scantily Clad Press, 2009). Recipient of poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Arizona Commission on the Arts, he has taught in the U. Arizona Creative Program since 1991.


When you asked, I thought at first 

of the shore house as some kind of reliquary, 

our days there like small bones,

as though time could have a body.

As though the pleasure of the daily 

habits we invented had made that week

a shelter, or something sacred. 

Then I recalled a boat I’d watched inch

the blue horizon between one rose stem

and another at the edge of the flagstone patio.

The giant trawler, a harmonious 

imprecision, reduced to inconsequence

by a framing perspective. A fact 

explicit and exegetical. A corrective  

to metaphor, and just as reliable.


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