The moon isn’t looking for solutions.She’s grown accustomedto partialities,that accretionof absence, her black scarvesplucked from the top hatone by one.Then a miraculouscumulus, removelesscompletion.Stoic mathematician,efficient wizard,reveal your secrets.A loveris going, some lover is alwaysgoing. Such curiousquadratics thatwill not leave me whole.—Karen Volkman, “Equations”Photography Credit Alfred Stieglitz, Equivalent, gelatin silver print, 1926

The moon isn’t looking for solutions.
She’s grown accustomed
to partialities,
that accretion
of absence, her black scarves
plucked from the top hat

one by one.
Then a miraculous
cumulus, removeless

completion.
Stoic mathematician,
efficient wizard,

reveal your secrets.
A lover
is going, some lover is always

going. Such curious
quadratics that
will not leave me whole.

Karen Volkman, “Equations”
Photography Credit Alfred Stieglitz, Equivalent, gelatin silver print, 1926

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