The Adirondack Review
Faust Descends
after Neruda

Much lower in the ear of geology,
like a spade involved with meteors
hounding the turbulent and sweet land
and the great genitalia of earth,

pulsing the front in profound ways,
descending like goats in sulfured peace
and like a cigar regressing to jasmine
in the great human spring,

What does Faust descend to?
Empyrean fires cling like hell
to every lamp post of loam.
These shovels unearth no aftermath

in front of the speaking totality
of a large night, as if I stood with you clinging:
peppered seas, I do not exist;
hands of arraignment, debilitated herbs,

marinated telos:
rotting in guttering solos falls
the water, impulse impulse impulse,
always the procreating impulse of the world.

Across the earth jaunted all the silences
of unramrodded lips, and after
the spoken foundation, all is a large night
as if I stood with your uncladding.






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ALLAN JOHNSTON lives near Chicago, and teaches writing and literature at Columbia College and DePaul University.  He has published one book of poems, Tasks of Survival, and has work published or forthcoming in Poetry, Poetry East, Rhino, Weber Studies, Two Review, and over sixty other journals.  He has received several awards including a finalist fellowship in poetry from the Illinois Arts Council.  When possible, he likes to disappear into the desert.
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poemsThe St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poemsThe St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems