Summer with its clairvoyance—

the woundlight

                        marks its borderland.


A larcenous, an other

-worldly dark enjoins us


to stay another minute. Carboniferously


sift us, damage. Help us glimmer



this obsidian:

all slag & de-

                                  realized. Null caress


                 & smoke.




shadows, do not spare us.

We famish

                 into nothing’s plight:


a bare meridian going for broke.


You cup the light

here in my hand


& everything I am is only flesh.


Will Cordeiro has recent work appearing or forthcoming in Best New Poets, Blue Earth Review, DIAGRAM, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Poetry Northwest, The MacGuffin, The Threepenny Review,Under the Gum Tree, Zone 3, and elsewhere. He lives in Flagstaff and teaches in the Honors College at Northern Arizona University.