Archive for August, 2013
[Idle elevators of grain…]
Idle elevators of grain. Plenty of parking. Deciduous trees
of the genus Ulmus, known for their arching branches and serrate leaves
with asymmetrical bases, Gunplay in our houses of steak,
houses of pancakes. Dried valerian rhizomes. Bunk weed. Osage.
Deliberately elliptical poetic works reflect a fear of political commitment after
A fear of deliberately elliptical poetic works reflects…
Home considered as a System of substitutions: “Plenty of parking.
Deciduous elevators of the genus Gunplay,
known for their arching bases and serrate pancakes
with asymmetrical rhizomes.” The activation of the white space of the page
reflects a fear of the industrialization of print media.
To fear the activation of the white space of the page
is to fear poetry.
Idle elliptical commitment. Deciduous repetition. Plenty of parking.
© Ben Lerner
From: The Lichtberg Figures
Copper Canyon Press 2004
Audio production: Literaturwerkstatt Berlin 2011
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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."