T O M   M A N D E L         A F T E R     N O V A L I S

A N N E X     P R E S S     2 0 1 5

Conversation is an error to admire
         truth in writing or speech
a play on words for the sake of
         mad notions people inspire.


Using your gift for mathematics
         show us the price we pay
letters to rub shoulders in short-
         lived alliance with those

 
whom we serve our arrays
         of ungrasped matters causing
mirrors that gaze on us from
         their distant worlds to break


into uncontrolled peals of laughter
         at the words people choose
the instant they start speaking
         out loud in the name of things.