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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Wasted Stolen Saved

Wasted Stolen Saved

Glass droplets of morning frost
dribbled across the pathway track
field mice follow instinctively, impecunious
mouths full of harvest hurry farm machines missed yesterday collecting nature’s cache.
His advertence stolen from the morning sun
the profits trickled to a walker
totally unaware of the cost of art.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Lesson in Geometry

In another time and space in another permutation this poem was a comment on mathematicians and religiosity, but here it becomes a adjunct to a previous post, Dadburn County Barn Sculpture or two.

McGregor Redux

Eye do not believe in Halloween
It has no coordinates to define its space
Ghosts are but points
They have no pairs
No black and right
No left and white
No rulers or length
Curvature templates or pi
And that is why
Peter is no more than a rabbit
And catholic nuns kicked the habit

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Canada Goose Blues

I don't know who these birds are but they look like they need a little help and it was the only non hunting pic I got when I googled the title for a picture. They claim to be a blues band. So givem a G'day or is that upside down for Aye?

What the Honker Said

Quick rewind polar express
Put-on morning white distress
“Like” the winter snow
Means we gotta go
South to Bourbon street
For a season retreat
No last warm refrain
Too late to explain
Coming cold body shakes
Apple bakes mind uptakes
Hibiscus plants on light speed
Pumping out red sex petal seed
Beat the frost wave drum
Made the sap suckers hum
A blues street compromise
Magnolia junkies use to energize
Birds to the wing
Cuz the wind’s gonna sing
Goose gang bluster
With a North wind thruster

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Connections with Beauford Delaney

The subtext of the poetry section at the 2005 SD Festival of the Book was connections. I typically am interested and write about the disconnection between humans and the deeper universe but it was an engaging topic.

Quincy Troupe returned again this year and in my research over the past few days I became aware of the connections between him and Beauford Delaney via James Baldwin and Paris. (Quincy did the last interview of Baldwin before he died in Paris).

When I went to the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts special exhibit of Delaney's painting I was captivated by how his work connected me with the works of the Impressionists that I admire. I wrote a cinquain-T about his 1952 Washington Square painting last June called Thunder Storm Jazz Scene.

Now the story continues with a poem that came out of my latest experiments with synthetic voices and listening to the muse machine:

Why Beauford Delaney didn’t need Ginsberg and Proust


Every place eye go literary historians in the know say read them
But we don’t want to hear them
But we don’t want to hear them

They will only tell me what eye already know
You can’t go sing in Washington Square anymore

What good will it do after Wikipedia has been there
They will only tell me what eye already know

Besides poets don’t get paid to explore abstractions
So I ride my bicycle with my dog on a prairie
Where all the lost souls wander
Searching for their grass root beginnings
Where the buffalo roamed and Sitting Bull lies incognito
Where all the lost souls wander

It ain’t out there but the emptiness
Pulls down your pants, trips you up, knocks everyone to the ground
It ain’t out there but the emptiness
Gives them a head ache they cannot shake

Aspirin and dreaming only seems like the freedom
That’s copied down in our DNA code

Gives them a head ache they cannot shake
Turning our world into something we never wanted
Where the buffalo roamed and Sitting Bull lies incognito
Where all the lost souls wander

Geometric madness measured out with color in crazy quilt patterns
Tracing labyrinth maps of destiny to guide our feet
Sublimate our hearts and move the pen as the master demands

Where the buffalo roamed and Sitting Bull lies incognito
Where all the lost souls wander
They will only tell me what eye already know
You can’t go sing in Washington Square anymore

And we are left to wonder what it was he told
James Baldwin about life in Paris
That eye already knew from long ago but wasn’t there to share