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Chalcedony

Chalcedony

After Christian Bök

 

1.

(n.) a microcrystalline type of quartz occurring in several different forms, including
onyx, agate, and jasper

 

2.

I found a geode in the woods
dropped it in a sock
& smashed it against a large river stone            (iron crushes iron, rock crushes rock)
the geode split              like fist to lip               & revealed vitreous violet honeycombs—
             a hexagonal history

I licked the quartz— warm, jagged garden of translucence pressured by centuries of earth

We (the geode and I) are non-foliated metamorphic rock             we refuse erosion    

 

3.

o = x = y = z --► (rock = bone = iron = blood)

Chalcedony Diagram.png

 

4.

Covalent Lattice fig. 1

Covalent Lattice Fig 1.png

Covalent Lattice fig. 2

D
  S I L I C O N
O
X
I
                    D I O X I D E
E

 

Covalent Lattice fig. 3

 

Si      O      Si      O      Si      O      Si      O      Si      O      Si  O

O                  O                  O                  O                  O                  O

Si      O      Si      O      Si      O      Si      O      Si      O      Si  O

O                  O                  O                  O                  O                  O

Si      O      Si      O      Si      O      Si      O      Si      O      Si  O

O                  O                  O                  O                  O                  O

Si      O      Si      O      Si      O      Si      O      Si      O      Si  O

O                  O                  O                  O                  O                  O

Si      O      Si      O      Si      O      Si      O      Si      O      Si  O

O                  O                  O                  O                  O                  O

Si      O      Si      O      Si      O      Si      O      Si      O      Si  O

 

5.

this is how the body works            this is how organs circulate blood      
          this is how rock forms rock                          this is how we breathe

 

6. 

place a slice of rose quartz                      in bath water to heal heartache
kiss agate before you sleep                     rub onyx on open wounds
swallow windflaw & fire                         fold into a mountain range
bury yourself there                                  in the glittering mouth of god

 

7. 

m
mt
mtph
mtmrphc
metamorphic
let gravity compress
you into solidified ice
imprint your body
to the earth
to the earth
imprint your body
you into solidified ice
let gravity compress
metamorphic
mtmrphc
mtph
mt
m

 

Sarah Escue is a poet, editor, and visual artist in Boulder, CO. Her poems and artwork appear or are forthcoming in The Elephants, DIAGRAM, Idle Magazine, Lullwater Review, Atticus Review, Josephine Quarterly, The Murmur House, and elsewhere. Her chapbook Bruised Gospel is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press in the fall of 2017. You can visit her website at sarahescue.com

 

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