Here trees are marks.
Hidden in the woods this whole time, hidden in the woods hidden
in the forest, hidden in the paper hidden in the trees. This whole
time, this whole forest, this whole woods. Hidden in the book,
hidden in the woods. Not Y but W, hidden in the woods. The
sound of the wind, the whisper in the woods, W in the woods,
hidden in the trees. Her hand on the alarm. Hidden in the woods.
Y hid behind W, after W hid behind Y. Tree before W before Y,
after tree before Y before W. W & Y winding around tree, first 1
tree and then the next, 1 tree & 1 tree & 1.
The tree before the tree before the tree.
That a book on paper is a forest is vanishing time is emergent
from its own conditions is the superposition of 1 & 1 & 1 tree is a
number of numbered pages is written on leaves is the floor on
which the forest stands, is Y the monster hidden in the efes.
To the extent the book is every book, the book is every book the
book may be.
The forest, though, is no theoretical forest, except in that the world
is 1 possible world.
Experience of Y the monster
Outside the forest
Looking out in
From the efes
Y the monster experiences
Experience of the monster
If the forest is without &
the woods within
& each page a new stand
each tree in fact a page
The Forest Without &
The & Of The Woods
there are no small words
the woods exist
whether or not the book
but the forest
the forest needs the trees
A perfect example
Of linguistic alchemy
Where what sounds best
Is what is
The reverse is true
The woods need
The forest goes on
With or without
And shits lit
Jeff T. Johnson’s writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in PEN America, Jacket2, Encyclopedia Vol. 3, Tarpaulin Sky, and elsewhere. With Claire Donato, he collaborates on Special America. His open-field concrete digital poem THE ARCHIVERSE is documented at archiverse.net, and is anthologized in Electronic Literature Collection Volume 3. A chapbook, trunc & frag, is at Our Teeth. He is currently a Visiting Instructor at Pratt Institute. For more information, visit jefftjohnson.com.