Nate Maxson

The artist's space.

Murder Two, Winter 2015

Crow Hollow 19

Crow Hollow Books

About the poems:

I've written a series of poems that deal with Latin aphorisms in a similar manner. I've been working on a collection about the later music and life of Claude Debussy just before and during World War 1 and this poem will tentatively be part of that. The Latin, to some extent, is an affectation mimicking some of the poetry from that era. "What Will Be Remembered" also touches on some of my ideas about quantum physics, it asks a question that isn't there. It's like Schrodinger's question mark, the two different ways of using the word "What" in a context like this.

What Will Be Remembered

The cartographers and the surgeons,

They decide


What will be remembered

The romantics and the exhibitionists opening themselves up wide for the cameras,

The prodigies 

Never make it out, once they enter the camouflaged crematorium it’s lights out for the obvious 

and the unmasked 

Best hire a professional to carve it into your skin

Feudal expressions in gothic lettering like 

Terra Incognita

The unknown land


Here be lions

The white line where the stitches were removed, like a flaw in a pearl

Mare Incognitum

The unknown oceans

I won’t let them take my wisdom teeth while I’m asleep

The last crumbs from the miracle,

Masquerade of anesthesia 

The moment they reach inside

The old languages reduced to a smirk

What will be remembered

What will be

Implied in the humming of modest lightning rods

An inheritance of sterile hummingbirds