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“Hello day, I wanted to talk to you about the weather,/ though I never stop talking about it in ...
2021-08-26 09:00:00
deep soundings

Weather this

“Paris Street; Rainy Day”, Gustave Caillebotte, 1877. Source: Art Institute of Chicago
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Hello day, I wanted to talk to you about the weather,
though I never stop talking about it in blood and breath,
neck muscles, the way my feet slide across the pavement
or this head drinks up the light. But I only get so far

and then the horizon’s wandered off again. This body’s
opening to the pinkish gleam that rises – rose – on the
outline of a cloud behind black branches and I wanted to
tell you, day, or weather (surely you’re the same thing),

how your rain of events, this endless rain keeps the door
stuck, the hours running on empty. The rain is what
I am. But how are you, day, and what season are you
bringing in searing bird calls, or a wind that unwraps

the invisible instant, its far-off dust drifting into the edges
of our speech? The isobars move in. On the underside of
atmospheric pressure, time spills in a cloud of what might
never happen, if only it wasn’t already. Good. Morning.

 

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Zoë Skoulding

is a poet and literary critic interested in translation, sound and ecology. She is Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at Bangor University. Her collections of poetry include “The Mirror Trade” (2004), “Remains of a Future City” (2008), “The Museum of Disappearing Sounds” (2013), and “Footnotes to Water” (2019). In 2020 she also published “The Celestial Set-Up” and “A Revolutionary Calendar”. She received the Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors in 2018 for her body of work in poetry, and is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.