Counter Fluencies 63
Mark DuCharme



Too much light & jabber

Near the window to be dreaming

While Earth’s awake &

    We reignite

    In plain sight

‘Interface’ & amble

Into the inexact cold     bright

    Lucid with winter

        & What we there uncover


As dusk above the mountains


At the exact wrought impact of a leaf at evening

Toward which we surge when all is errant

        Pieces of nightfall

& Poetry’s a ‘technology’ of the sayable

    The spoken & unheard


All is broken             faces

Lifted (not)        from screen

Afraid of the here, the gaudy

        Lights which spell out ‘VERDE’

In the darkening atmosphere we dare not

Crush        dare not un



    In dim moonlight  

Nor dream by    spilling

        Over in


Broken day




Mark DuCharme is the author, most recently, of The Unfinished: Books I-VI (BlazeVOX, 2013). Other volumes of his poetry include Answer (2011) and The Sensory Cabinet (2007), also from BlazeVOX, as well as Infinity Subsections (Meeting Eyes Bindery, 2004) and Cosmopolitan Tremble (Pavement Saw, 2002). Counter Fluencies 1-20 is forthcoming as an issue of the print journal The Lune.