Light should arrive in parallelograms or
circles but the first two hundred trials are not quite
right – bad actresses are everywhere. Complete me
with three states of matter – take that cursive
plasma back. I’ve perfect balance when the needle’s
closer than the nerve. Though one mop is one
octopus, one octopus is not one mop – an is is not
an ought. By definition, if you do it while skydiving
it’s extreme.



HEIKKI HUOTARI attended a one-room school and spent summers on a forest-fire lookout tower in a past century. He is now a retired math professor, and has published three chapbooks, one of which won the Gambling The Aisle prize, and one collection, Fractal Idyll (A...P Press). Another collection is in press. He lives in San Rafael, CA, USA.