Under the earth

—After x-rays taken of the Staffordshire hoard, Anglo Saxon Britain c. a.d. 700–800

like the wings of moths,


crumpled stacked

a night of dirt and detritus

gathered and secreted

in pinkish sediment

shadows of buried

presence, absorbed

writ in light




and there

uncovered into splendor

the past faintly recollected

an architecture of discard

sprung objects

in negative space


Folded Cross


—After a gold cross, from the Staffordshire hoard, Anglo Saxon Britain c. a.d. 700–800

To fold a cross into a pocket,
the soft gold arms doubled inward
re-forming its branches into
the pliable and wayward.

Along these paths of gold,
creatures intertwine,
course out from round garnet
to round garnet. Their fluid
motion caught mid tangle.

Who has done this?
Creased one mystery into another.

Artisan? Merchant? Thief?

Bending four directions,
thin girders of the planet,
into the center


… thick into thin,        this parting from terse gods

unlocked arms and arced body        All that was sought after


“Images used courtesy of the Staffordshire hoard website.
For more information: www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk andwww.finds.org.uk The entire hoard will be catalogued on our database in due course and made available to the public.

The press quality photos are by Dave Rowan and Daniel Buxton under the aegis of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery.

Digital x-ray images of soil blocks provided by National Conservation Centre, National Museums Liverpool.”














Jaime Robles, recipient of a grant from the Fund for Poetry, published her most recent book of poetry, Anime, Animus, Anima, with Shearsman Books in 2010. She has produced many of her texts as artist books, including Loup d’Oulipo and Letters from Overseas. Her work has been published in numerous magazines, including Conjunctions, New American Writing, Shadowtrain and Volt!