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The gradient of wood is slow, and knows

the work before we do. I press my thumbs to each corner,

ready to arrive


at the edge of things: which is to say, as a child

seeking out the trunk

of sweet bristled root


encased in the strange carapace

of a Kyoto carrot’s shell, I began to know 

the world whorled by fissure


as a gradient of memory.