Sphinx Infinitives

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Here—ahead—

a first cross-

dressing humanimal

 

an index finger over the lips of God,

                                        pursed

sleight-of-smile

a bow suspended

above the bridge

 

overture to an overture

                                       bent slight.

 

Here looms

raised brow

heir to heir-

 

loom and ‘fro the sweat-

 

tomb of the unknown slave

 

where for every Khafre work

there will have been a Khulu work-

                                        shop chopped

 

               off

 

ankh sans an

 

Tunisia, Tunisia, wherefore art, Tunisia?

 

Dizzy chicken

                        careens skyward

        squawk ex-x

where for every exuberant here! hear

                        ye/you—

string instrument of the middle finger

                        excluded

 

Morocco-pressed into service elevates Egypt—

                        revolver with a rifle scope

abases Syria—

                        revolving v. reinforced fire-

doors/power—

Unmoved.

 

So moved:

Hor-Em-Ahket

is to be, the

 

                        motion, having passed,

 

inflates to

as it wards

off-peak ad

 

                        hoc olfactum

Tyrone Williams teaches literature at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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