(brucite)


*

by contact, magnesia
of marble or post-serpentine
of everyone’s first
air raid:



mannerly land mammal,
epitaxic darkhorse,
or waterlog
holding
affinities
for the atmosphere




____________________





(gypson)



*

sugar conglomerate
or tagteam antlers

proven impassive
fireproofers fall

softer
to chalk water




and oppressible
evaporite powdered

breathlessly,
white satin thrown

to sepulchers, slurries
sparring within minutes

induced again
into concrete situations




____________________





(calcite)



*

ivory spiring
inciting tusks,
dog teeth toward
each direction

dictated primer,
first constituent
of sea shells,
and shelters globally



accruing catalysts
at-large instigate
organisms toward
their long-term

so unendurable
curators petrifying
microstructures to bed
the dead present




____________________





(eisenblute)



*

cross-blossoming stalactites
went and pulled all pistils


amassed, reticulate, carinthian
mangle



carbonate precipitates
marine cements and manifests


mollusks,
oceanwide




____________________





(okenite)



*

void fillings
in loosely
oblate masses:

handpacked
cottonmouthed
cavities



and delegates without
exception at a perfect
standstill



matters of protocol gone
quieter than ever
intended after all
habitable comforts
have been occupied


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John Liles is a poet, science writer, and MFA student at Brown University. His undergraduate education was completed at UCSD, where the literature faculty fostered his hunger and noise obsessions wholeheartedly. His work has been published in Arcadia and at Omniverse.us; it has also been chosen for the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Award and the Stewart Prize for poetry. On a good day, he's a dog and we don’t need to overthink it.