Turbulent Mercury   


When the storm arrived she half woke and said something I could not understand.


Another voice with its face in a crowded room – layers of conversation and the annoying hum of halogen lamps.


She was there, lost in the crowd, while outside the rain fell so thick in the wind the road rippled like turbulent mercury.





Sleep begins with surgery.

  Surgery begins with a painful heat.

There is a true blade

    but it is not steel, bronze or iron,

    flint or obsidian.

Summer is a solid yellow canopy,

a jaundiced smear of infection

spread thick in the air where

the sun ought to be.

A coil of eyes blinking

the stammering tongue won’t stop.

Call this a blade

and a man eager to let it work.

Copyright © 2008 Jake Berry

  Jake Berry's latest book, Brambu Drezi(Barrytown/Station Hill, 2006) includes revised versions of books one and two and the first publication of book three of the long poem. The Blood Paradoxes / War Poems  was published in 2005 by xPress(ed). He is author of more than a dozen other books and chapbooks.

Berry has been widely published in magazines, journals and anthologies for more than two decades. He edits several blogs including, 9th St. Laboratories and Conversari.  

As a songwriter and musician his CDs are available at Front Porch Recordings (frontporchrecordings.blogspot.com) Several of his songs, as a solo artist or with the bands Bare Knuckles, Ascension Brothers, and Catachthonia are available for download  at music.download.com. His latest CD Liminal Blue is available as a digital download at iTunes, Amazon.com/mp3 and eMusic