Monday, December 10, 2007

(a poem)

I don't often do this, but I am of a mind today.

Gertrude Stein (A Meditation On) Charles Olson

Is she the most underrated expatriate poet of the 20th century?
Is the most overrated expatriate poet of the 20th century she?
A hanger-on to the European artists of the 20th century is she?
Is 20th century from the she?
She 20th century is?
20th century.
She.
Is.
Was
She large/
In. Charge. In.
Islands.
Barge. Barging.
In blood.
Around salons saloons.
In pantaloons.
Whitman's famous beard. Have you heard?
Was fifty-four.
Fifty-four was four with four
and forty-six.
This is a meditation on Gertrude Stein.
Who did.
Not have a beard.
This meditation is on.
This.
Meditation is.
On.
An exhausted use of syntax
taxed with the 20th century.
Breaks free and bows to her brother
as he walks through the door
back toward
backwards toward
words.
Pennsylvania to Paris.
Oakland to Black Mountain.
Sylvan.
Woods.
Psychology
from.
Philosophy
Alice
words.
Without experience.
Eating a subject.
Eating her.
Subject one.
Landing the land onto the land
And
Floating to three.
Olson comes to.
Maximus.
Comes to.
Mined.

2 comments:

La Fashionista said...

Sista say:

Yo,
brotha poet,
where you
be
at?

At you be.

Be
you
at.

Brotha
my brotha.
Sista sends
mad soul
props
and
love.

Apart.
Us.
Tear.
Love.

Love love
tear
us
apart
again.

Randy
McFandy
Landy

AMVB
Anon

(Can someone please draw me a Venn diagram depicting where (if?) stream of consciousness writing and poetry overlap? Help a sister out!)

comoprozac said...

Ha! You used the word "pantaloons".