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The Select Poetry Class

The Select Poetry Class

………………………………. the idea is to aver the overt statement
appear somewhere ……… even if it stultifies…
in rarefied realms sophisticate
………………… tuck the image in wayward
by all means deride the rhymer
………………. as the pen buckles under the eye's
squint-eyed callousness
some cribbed unfinished line

……….. a well-named bird say thrush
leaving its claw-prints
…………………………………… clear
……… perspicacious 
…………………… on early-sprinkled snow

It matters little
…………………………. in fact
………………………………… not at all
where the thought laid off
nor which the word
………………………………… betrayed the thought

…… matters only ………… the elegant sway of the 
print
…………. the spare rustle rice paper feel
then dress the thought the way the club ordains and practises
pressed with care
………………………….. the demure pleats of the skirt 
all in assumed array
…………………………………. for no rhymed reason

still the hopping bird about to take flight

the impression must give the feel
……………………………………………………. something must not seem
to be said
………………..'tis enough to let the words
slide along the secluded path
…. rare
……………. bold
………………………… used in its obsolescent sense

No way the Select
……………………………. must condescend to court
the Internet
they only write within behind closed-club sessions 

……………………….. the idea is not to have 
les foies…

' sa hautaine foi apparaissait en filigrane
……………………………………………………………… dans ses paroles '


NOTES

"avoir les foies" means "to be scared to death" and the rest in French means: his words hardly veiled his haughty creed or (as in this piece) manner of writing.


© T. Wignesan - Paris, July 19, 2018

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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