by Jason Dean Arnold

“I was on my way someplace and got distracted and had to

follow the traces of a ghost.”*

into we don’t believe ​​ a former lover ​​ a

redwood tree

a fugitive space ​

charged particles, archived memory

carpenters ​ carpenters ​ we’ve never been​ we’ve

never been

collisions​ w/​ unbeing​​ doubles bleed me

father’s nervous​​​ shaking again

nothing remains ​​​moment of catastrophe


weather moves moving moved us​​

through rooms & streets

evidence of what was not ​ is everywhere is everywhere

endlessly revealing

a symphony Seattle evening ​​​​as angel of


circle the wreck​​ dark &

confessionless ​​​​​recognition

​​ ethereal suspension ​reflects

a doorway in Savannah ​​ a worn terrazzo ghost

haunting me before you were born

* Avery F. Gordon from Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination (1997)

Jason Dean Arnold’s entire career has been devoted to the importance of education, from teaching in the K-12 setting to designing and teaching online courses for post secondary. He currently serves as the director for E-Learning, Technology, and Communications at the University of Florida’s College of Education. Jason has no ability to compartmentalize. As a result, his writing, visual artwork, and music (and other creative output) are all extensions of his love for learning.


Twitter- @jasonarnold74

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