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, 2006).

"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