Naissance Chapbooks

Michael Aro

Traditions, by Michael Aro

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Michael Aro constructs a long poem from a series of individual smaller poems which calls to mind the words of Richard P. Feynman: “But if you realize all the time what’s kind of wonderful—that is, if we expand our experience into wilder and wilder regions of experience—every once in a while we have these integrations when everything’s pulled together into a unification, in which it turns out to be simpler than it looked before.” Any excerpt would misrepresent the whole, so here is merely the first poem in a dissimilar series whose sum exceeds its parts:

High upon a promontory – yes, that’s
right, a promontory – he lies chained to
a great stone face. The chains themselves are stone.
A simple enough trick for a god. No

waving of arms or even a wink of
an eye was required but will only. A
god’s will. And it was done. Now, every
day at noon, birds come to eat his liver

without onions. My friends, I call you friends
for good reason, he will say. Were it not
for you I would have no company at
all. Speaking from experience, I have

a little advice for those times when all
seems lost. Just keep breathing, that’s the way to
do it. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe. Hold it. Breathe. Hold it.
Hold it. Breathe. Hold it. Hold it. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.

—Michael Aro

28 pages. $10, includes standard shipping within the Continental USA.


Twenty-Six, by Meghan Brown
Glory Glory, by Matthew Leavitt Brown
Traditions, by Michael Aro
Tickets for the Broken Year, by Dan Lewis
The Light That Shatters Darkness: Poems From the Spartan Mine, by David Bond
Finding Betty Crocker, by Amy Alexander
when the river is hungry, the river eats, by Tyrel Kessinger
Trouble Shooting, by Magdalena Sørensen
In the Dreamed of Places, by Julia Klatt Singer
Small Pomes for Average People, by B. Mason
The Hoax of Contagion, by Michael Leong
The Roman Alphabet In Its Original Contexts, by Karl Young
Third Ear, by Richard Kahn
Wear White And Grieve, by Jennifer Diskin
Forest Frottage, by John Martone
Some Mythology, by Jessica Breheny
Psychosis, by Steve Giasson
The Inside Scoop, New and Selected Poems, by Carlos Colón
Smoke And The South, by Peter G Res
Of Collocated Rhythms, by Felino A. Soriano
Regular Expressions: the facebook status update poems., by Jenny Hill
Watching the Windows Sleep, by Tantra Bensko
Variations on Ten Rounds, by Matthew S. Hinton
The Lost Shoe, by Martha Deed
The Goatfish Alphabet, by Kristen McHenry
Body Art, by Wendel Scutti
Open your I, by endwar
Illusions Delusions and Dreams, by Neil Ellman
Missed Preflections, Refracting Back, & Other Vectors of Days, by Kellar Wilson
Escaped Without Injury, by Carol Clark Williams
Outpost Entropy, by Candace Kaucher
No L, by Jennifer Hill
Roman Holiday, by Eileen R. Tabios
Two Poems, by Michael Aro