A Poetry Syllabus
{An Umbrella Special Feature}


Chris West

believes in the power of rock music, Beat poetry, and the sanctity of Star Trek.

He has appeared in the journals Kitchen Sink and Morbid Curiosity, in various online venues including a current stint as a columnist at LEGENDmag, and in the Mortified reading series.

Chris currently resides in San Francisco, California, where he works for a non-profit while seeking a publisher for his first novel.


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A Truth Beyond All Truths (owing something to Wallace Stevens’ “Landscape with Boat”)

Anti-matter, florid, eccentric,

meets its opposite and wipes out all things,
leaving behind the scintillating blue array
of particle trails
rushing out from a point that is no point,
primeval blank vacuum field.

In the Night before all nights
something erupted there,
or nothing,
whichever, kept expanding
into all the things that are.

The truth, even now,
is that these things are still the nothing
they once were,
even we are that nothing,
which is to say something,

we, all, the empty space
from which pours infinite creation.