Paul Ilechko: Grid as Poetic Object
Photo: Joanna C. Valente

Photo: Joanna C. Valente

Grid as Poetic Object


The color of understanding transmutes into an account of

love as senses merging into grid form (overlaid)


Water left the desert decades ago water trickled silent into



The solitude of book filled with charm filled with dreams

and marginalia of the charms of season


The grid is marked an X in every box the grid as calendar

(or the form of) flat yet dimensional


Drinking the crystal water of solitude


Philosophy verses itself into the becoming of poetry


Dreams of childhood as floating sensations as genesis of

introspected reality (leading into)



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The architects of San Francisco laid down a grid upon the

most inappropriate terrain     what should have been a

poem of curves and bends instead remained beholden to

the square     as streets were forced to winch themselves

up and over the tops of hills


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Poet dreams of a river that winds through landscape she

dreams of flocks of birds becoming energy as she fades

back into the entropy of desert


A duplicate despondency of flight toward barren fields of



The ascent from dreaming is a steepness is a hard climb

(to a false religion)


Each square a chevron each chevron a memory each memory

an accident (in utero)


The gauntlet thrown the ascent exposed as summit



Steepness exposing the grid


As birds flock as water searches


The glass now empty    

Paul Ilechko is the author of the chapbooks “Bartok in Winter” (Flutter Press, 2018) and “Graph of Life” (Finishing Line Press, 2018). His work has appeared in a variety of journals, including Manhattanville Review, formercactus, Sheila-Na-Gig, Marsh Hawk Review and Rockvale Review. He lives with his partner in Lambertville, NJ.