actinic ray. by Tanner Menard

spirits shimmer violet,
blacknight orbs.

walking in direction,
images jarr
incinerated retinas.

mirages wave to her,
strangers on a busy street.
pulsing fragment,
darkness conjoins,
lines on paper,
school children's
words in innocence etched,
roaring the howl,
crashing waves within static.

band of noise,
singing her name,
deepest leagues of infinity.

truthful light,
harmony blinding light,
ultra-violet bands
her love twitters
and writhes,

a moment shakes into focus.

she awakens,
riding point,
bleeping point
bleeping point bleeping light.

analog tv set,
white noise
chaos scatters,
reaches of color,

pours fourth,
her loin.

trees grow
her rubble,

woven over
fragile seams,

woven, woven
rubble her womb,
stitched arteries
reversed and exposed.

broken flesh wound

pipelines distance,
subtle rumble,
rumble resounds,
lightening in the pitch-dark

streaking canopy
streaked twilight
coyote, sharped
tooth arrow the lamb

lucky to say
she sees

match strike night,
light thin strike
pad across broad,

flash of day.

Tanner Menard is a poet and composer whose current work reflects his mixed Indigenous and Acadian ancestry. His ancestry includes descendants of the Acadian settlers as well as multiple indigenous lineages such as Atakapa/Ishak and Mi'kmaq as well as other tribes that he has yet to concretely identify. His current foray into the world of performance art and literature reflect his desire to tell the story of his DNA in a multidimensional, hybrid/indigenous/Metis twenty first century language.

As a composer, Menard has been published and anthologized in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan on labels and net labels such as Full Spectrum Records, Rural Colours, Tokyo Droning, Install, Slow Flow Rec, H.L.M., Archaic Horizon, Kafua Records and Milieu Music. He has collaborated with artists the world over and was known for his Remix of Robert Rich’s sleep concert concept. Additionally, his contemporary classical music has been performed and recorded internationally in venues such as Symphony Hall in Chicago at Universities such as Arizona State University, the University of Michigan, Auburn University, the University of Wisconsin Whitewater and California State University Stanislaus. Menard served as visiting artists at Arizona State University and California State University Stanislaus and has shared stages with composers such as John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty and Daniel Bernard Roumain.

Twitter: @tanner_menard