Wednesday, August 05, 2009

one word edisto: idle

best left unsaid
the grueling genuflect

wisdom deflected

angel hair pasta

& all that jazz

mystery underwear &

padgett is coming

questions and all

visitation will out

when you least expect

the northern lines

to merge &

the brakes to peel

within the hair's




Blogger Teresa said...

This is a strange on Professor P. Perhaps too much school makes the poet off-the-wall?? I love the line: "the grueling genuflect", but I'm trying to decide who "The Grueling" is or are. I also love the term "mystery underwear". That just has all kinds of connotations. "Visitation will out when you least expect" is a great sentiment. And the last lines are superb: "the brakes to peel within the hair's width."

And who are the aliens of affection idling on the isle of edisto?

11:53 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Teresa: I can't speak (consciously) for much of this poem, but its mystery underwear is wrapped around the upcoming "novel" of Padgett Powell, first chair virtuouso in my pantheon arkestra of favorite authors. The "novel" is entitled The Interrogative Mood: A Novel?, and is, by all accounts, approximately 165 pages of questions, the threads of which are as tesserine as any poem you may find here in Muravia.

PP's first novel was Edisto and one of his two short story collections is entitled, yup, Aliens of Affection.

2:03 PM  
Anonymous Teresa said...

Ah... I missed the link. When I googled Edisto, I got an island in SC, and lots of real estate websites... I thought that you were still tired of Tres Leches dust after your vacation in the green muggy areas of the South and were maybe moving on...

4:06 PM  
Blogger San said...

Those are some fine-tuned brakes. Great for taking downhill hairpin turns.

4:07 PM  
Blogger Dee Martin said...

Skidded in on two wheels after a grueling day genuflecting at the altar of Gradebook training. Added Padgett to my Amazon wishlist (and the paper one I carry in my purse for the odd estate/garage/whatever sale where the odd book/treasure is found) Mystery underwear is enough to deflect any wisdom but then again these training sessions cause brain death so who am I to judge :)

8:18 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Teresa: Ah, no, Edisto was also an early playpen for Padgett himself, both biographically and fictionally. It was a very fine acquaintance made lo those 25 years ago. For sheer joy of language, none better.

6:02 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

San: I b'lieve Padgett knows his brake pads as well as he knows his pit bulls and (pit bullish) prose.

6:04 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Dee: As I suspected, I believe your wishes can come true. I searched Amazon for PP's fiction and, as sad as it may be for him, you can pick up some pre-owned PP for a penny and just about the whole oeuvre for under five bucks apiece. Typical, A Woman Named Drown, and Edisto for three cents total? That's Christmas in Agosto, cher.

6:10 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

And Dee: I believe mystery underwear is the only thing that'll get you through Gradebooking in Dallas.

6:11 AM  

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