Monday, October 02, 2006

8 | "Cinéma vérité"

I'd been planning to be an acupuncturist
and Chinese herbalist a fact that
comes to mind as mildly relevant
as I'm rereading poem no. 5 in this
verse-libre sequence I thought
I was done with but no there's still

some more where that came from
a supply potentially inexhaustible
but exhaustive excavation could
exhaust the patience of poet and
reader so one grows chary of words
a little spare although not fore

swearing the casual pleasures
of insouciant utterance here

here where there's such liberty
to speak on point or at random
the random that isn't necessarily
so random as all that for doesn't
the instinct that shapes the poem
have its simulacrum-of-an-agendum?

but souls or poems like dreams or
daydreams have rules that differ
from the powerpoint manner of
commanding points so in the soul's
powerpoint show there might be
no words   a beak of a bird

followed by a snapshot of a cellphone
or a taxicab an old shoe et cetera
cinéma vérité at some remove
from the rumbling world   motionless
pictures from an exhibition & in
another room?   ballet pathetique


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bravura performance! Evaluating a poem sequence like this will lead to a maze within a maze.

Bursting with elan.


Tue Oct 03, 11:49:00 AM PDT  
Blogger david raphael israel said...

shukria Mahendra --
a maze within a maze?
Perhaps it's lucky I concluded the sequence before it became inextricable tangle. ;-)

Tue Oct 03, 11:25:00 PM PDT  

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