word count 83

Write something containing the word “appalling.”

Overheard: “I don’t feel like it’s getting me where I want to go.”

I have two bales of straw in the back of my car, free from the New Canaan Library.

a 50-pound poem

The bees chewed a strip of cardboard into a mound of fluff.

Our fraught world – yet –
our parenting is perfect

Our fraught world – yet –
our poetry is perfect

wary – wry – awry

lapidary output, hard and polished

walking without metaphors

Fragments function almost completely without metaphors. They are replaced by gestures. A gesture is a sensory observation, a riff of thought which is complete in itself; in this completeness, it lures the reader into itself (every love starts with attraction), making the poem possible.

Murat Nemet-Nejat: A Few Thoughts on Fragments from Jerome Rothenberg’s blog Poems and Poetics

Recently I have added two more items to my collection of things without metaphors, for a total of three.

First, a shocking line near the end of Ursula LeGuin’s novel Tehanu:

Tenar walked without metaphors.

Second, Jonathan Skinner’s remarks to Gary Snyder at the Poets House reading recently that Gary’s poetry made little use of metaphor.

Third, above.

long form

This is the long form. This is the long relax. This is the long white whine.

Where is the invention? Where are the roots of literature?

The form is a worm.