Sarah Riggs, born and raised in New York, is a poet, translator, and
visual artist. She has two volumes of poetry forthcoming, Waterwork
(Chax Press) and 28 Télégrammes (Editions de l'Attente),
and is the author of Word Sightings: Poetry and Visual Media in Stevens,
Bishop, and O'Hara, published by Routledge in 2002. The installation of her
drawings, Underwritten, in collaboration with sound, video and cuisine,
will take place at the galerie EOF in Paris in May 2007. She has lived in
Paris since 2001, where she's an integral member of the bilingual poetry
collective, Double Change, and director of the multi-cultural non-profit arts
organization, Tamaas. With Omar Berrada, she teaches at Columbia University in
Paris, and has translated Marie Borel's Wolftrot (La Presse,
"Chain of Miniscule Decisions
in the Form of a Feeling"
by Sarah Riggs
15 deposited in the ocean
16 things. Nouns are whales.
17 B lives in the clouds
18 highways and dishes.
19 That autumn khaki was
20 as with elsewhere, includes
21 tea twig, mango.
22 Clarity came through
23 measure of mint, hanging, how much
24 Walls are windows
25 spilling out, over, in excess
26 core nut, the seed, the heart.
27 And I read nothing well.
28 and the bookcase will
29 named Havana.
30 The land does not stop
31 commas become excla-
32 Have I discovered your hair
33 how its topography of
34 And that building a mouth.
35 like waves: she was after,
36 and solitude in 2007 B.C.
37 elegance of handmanship
38 deafly or blindly (not both)
39 Zadkine. The year is 1066.
40 Like cooking I invent each