Not to be of use,
like the crow,
to be of wind.
to tell me —
Source: April 2016 – Otata
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“Don’t listen to the words—
they’re only little shapes for what you’re saying,
they’re only cups if you’re thirsty, you aren’t thirsty.”
— Jean Valentine, from the poem “as with rosy steps the morn,” from Break the Glass (Copper Canyon, 2010)
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Poet and Los Angeles native Robin Coste Lewis discusses her award-winning collection “Voyage of the Sable Venus.”
Winter has covered my pen in snow.
White page, of ice. So young a word and already
Ah, to write only resurrected words. To deal only
with words of the highest season.
from Desire for a Beginning
Dread of One Single End
translated by Rosmarie Waldrop
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keeping in mind the words of the poet Pierre Joris, ". . . I make the arrogant claim that the poet is possibly the last, in Robert Kelly’s words, ‘scientist of the whole… to whom all data whatsoever are of use.’ . . . The prerogative of the poet is to steal directly whatever is of use, without needing to theoretically kowtow via analysis, explicatio, critical cloning or proof of pc allegiance."