Friday, 24 May 2013

DO(UGH)GEN : NEWSFLASH

"We" are fortunate to have found - in an old bread-bin -  "INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE FAKER-BAKER". DO(UGH)GEN, as you may well be aware, kneaded to know the TRUTH from an early age. This essay is believed to be from his long-lost work = SHOBOTENZO - thought to have been written in China. While we are not - due to copyright reasons - allowed to reproduce this, the elements are as follows :-
BAKE JUST TO BAKE.
MAKE BREAD IN A ROOM THAT IS WARM IN WINTER, COOL IN SUMMER.
EARLY MORNING IS BEST.
SI(F)T QUIETLY.
DO NOT TAKE A RISE OUT OF FELLOW BAKERS.
RESIST THE KNEAD TO TWIRL A FLOUR.
DO NOT GO OFF HALF-BAKED.
KNEADING (TO KNOW THE TRUTH) IS ESSENTIAL.
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Friday, 10 May 2013

BREATH PERMITTING






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(Typo in poem #5...should read = PERMITTING, not PETMITTING, as printed. i looked at proofs 4 times and did not notice.)
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Thursday, 2 May 2013

OVER THE GATE : 7 POEMS : 2013

 
1.
time to sit
to look out the window
listen to music
& read
other people's poems.
 
2.
back to the view
but good to know
it is there
at a turn
the sweep of the bay
the fort
the island
& an ear
for the music.
 
3.
leaves fell
& my girl spoke
of "acorn trees"
would that we were
beating the bounds
with willow wands
& turning stones
we turned on
bands of coloured flax.
 
4.
over a flat roof
the crackling pitch
and melody
of "bricc fair"
 
a phonograph
shadows and bicycles
hoeing the land
gentle furrows
 
the table
in half-light
an evening awash
over stones.
 
5. ribbons (1)
hop-scotch &
long shadows
of her
across tarmac
stoops to pull
at socks
ribbons fall
pattern of
held hair
uncoils.
 
6. ribbons (2)
something to keep
with me
all day
twirling them
around and around
in the pockets
of my coat
red and blue.
 
7. for Larry Eigner
views of the
world close-in
a morning of mists
and chimney-smoke
a poet's plan
to go to Swampscott
& peep over the gate.
 
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Golden GOJI Hermitage - 2nd MAY 2013
 
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