Razielle Aigen — From the Outside

Poem author and title: Razielle Aigen— From the Outside Poem: we are creating a loophole ,  a visual palindrome in which rain rains  on either side of a windowpane . this is really you ,  you say again . i’m not sure i know what you mean .  we open all the windows & doors .  we place it outside by naming birds & trees .  pine-sparrow . walnut-lark . maple-pheasant .  birch- starling . holy oak .  their shapes are pleasing . we are at ease . it’s easy . its exciting . we can’t explain  what’s happening. I’m getting to know you ,  you’re saying ,  from the inside . meanwhile ,  on the outside , we’re naming . this is really you ,  you say again . we can’t explain it  but it’s what’s happening .  we open all the windows & doors .  in the thresholds time frames the firmament , a site-specific shaping of what’s outsiding .  entering & exiting . we will have been nesting .  a reference to the love we make  when we mean to say falling .  feathers . branches . a process  of overriding the insiding .  by way of naming , we are creating.  we put it outside . explaining the exciting . nestled , on the inside , a hologram of what we know  is happening , a nebula of predicates  ferments the flip side of naming . End of Poem.  Copyright © Razielle Originally appeared in Bad Dog Issue 1.2, July 2019. Razielle is a Montreal-born writer and artist. She is author of the forthcoming chapbook, “Light Waves The Leaves” (above/ground press 2020). Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Entropy, Deluge, Contemporary Verse 2, Train: a poetry journal, Bad Dog Review, The Anti-Languorous Project, and elsewhere. Razielle holds a B.A. in History and Contemporary Studies from Dalhousie/King’s University, and is an alumna of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University. More of Razielle’s work can be found at razielleaigen.com and through Twitter @ohthepoetry .  BAD DOG is dedicated to unapologetic poetry—visceral, intelligent, and without restraint. www.bad-dog-review.com