By kathryn l. pringle

a perforation appearing, i,
wrenched in pain, spoke words
each one dropping from my new hole
with mass
and sound

soon the atoms of other’s words fell

but no one saw

this happened in the future

in the future when i am alive

the words were elements
each atom making up the word was the word itself

so if one spewed of hate

one built hate

and if another spewed of immobility

one was static

i spewed time

and time became itself

(Today’s selection will appear in fault tree (forthcoming from Omnidawn, 2012), and appears here today with permission from the poet.)

kathryn l. pringle is the author of one book: RIGHT NEW BIOLOGY (Factory School) and two chapbooks: The Stills (Duration Press) and Temper and Felicity are Lovers.(TAXT). Her work can also be found in the anthology Conversations at the Wartime Cafe: A Decade of War (Conversations at the Wartime Cafe Press/ WODV Press) and in the forthcoming anthology I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (Les Figues).

Editor’s Note: kathryn l. pringle is the winner of Omnidawn’s 2011 First/Second Poetry Book Contest. Previous winners include Paul Legault and Michelle Taransky. Today’s selection grapples with what it is to be a creator of the written word, with the price one pays in the currency of oneself in the act of writing, and the elements that comprise the written word: those of matter and of time.

A Note About the Omnidawn Series: Today’s post concludes the Omnidawn Series here on the Saturday Poetry Series on As It Ought To Be. It has been a pleasure to share these forward-thinking poets with you. I hope you will support this important press by buying their books and reading the cutting-edge work that they are sharing with the world.

Want to see more by and about kathryn l. pringle?
kathryn’s blog – :: END PUNKTURE ::
Temper and Felicity are Lovers
The Stills
The Fanzine – Excerpt from RIGHT NEW BIOLOGY


  1. Ah, the subjectivity of art! I think kathryn l. pringle has a keen eye for a modern, experimental poetry, but I wonder what poets and poems you would like to see on this series, ugh. I am always open to suggestions!


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