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More Night

Oluwaseun Olayiwola

after John Ashbery

Nothing is wide open
in the Book of Unusable Minutes.
The sun lifted its broken arms
like a dying thing, the center
moving along time’s cargo
archaic gauze, each individuated
perpendicularity a mazed
patchwork of vein
where healing had words
to unpick and kept its mouth
shut, a genteel child in the cabin –

Long haul. Year of trillions
and the plane soaring
into its wilding airscape, the farther-out
distances of carbon – This
is my airborne home, I cannot
outrun it, these, our eyes
focusing downward
where God is just
this once, yes, the origin
of interiority from our lungs

Oluwaseun Olayiwola

Oluwaseun Olayiwola is a poet, critic and choreographer living in London. His poems have been published in the Guardian, the Poetry ReviewOxford Poetryfourteen poems and elsewhere. A Ledbury Poetry Critic, his criticism has been published in the Telegraph, the TLS, the Poetry School and Magma. His debut collection Strange Beach is forthcoming from Granta Books.

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