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James Belflower
James Belflower is the author of The Posture of Contour: A Public Primer, forthcoming from Spring Gun Press in 2013; Commuter (Instance Press), which was voted 2009's "Best Book Length Long Poem/Sequence" by ColdFront magazine; Bird Leaves the Cornice, winner of the 2011 Spring Gun Press Chapbook Prize; and a collaborative echap, And Also a Fountain (NeOpepper Press). His poems, essays and reviews appear, or are forthcoming in: Aufgabe, Fence, New American Writing, 1913, Drunken Boat, Coldfront, EOAGH, Denver Quarterly, and Apostrophe Cast among others. He is pursuing a PhD in Contemporary Poetics at SUNY Albany and co-curates the Yes! Reading Series in Albany, NY.

The Briefing



James Belflower
It won't be much different than we are accustomed to. If I can't boundary a fief can it remain a fief, if I remain negligent throughout, can it remain a fief, if I use language other than from stone tablets can it remain a fief, if I read it as a drone throughout, though tenderly, can it remain a fief, if I remove that language and compose it thin can it remain if or if we

precisely share what remains of it can if become it and therefore if...

"Or, today, sending the currents burning in an arc, a lyre strung in an hermetic globe, we switch the deuce from off to on and sit about the table talking."


It is said, an advent of spills

an arc, of occluded feuds...

misspoken circles in a primitive hunt...

some formulas for meticulous negligence...




from The Posture of Contour / A Public Primer


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