Saturday, May 14, 2011

poem: apogees falling

I saw two men kissing, she
saw a desert
fiery caravans of them willing,

Saharan spirits,

traumatized vocals,

knotted cords bristling lunar

throats, a vision

of your fading

across the Taos scar,

up out of Pilar,

brown haunch of Georgia's

iglesia in your rear view

mirror, sensible shame flooding

the arroyos, castaway shame:

dreams risen from

Jesuitical slide rules,

calculations of the godhead,

peregrinations of a sashay

the likes of which only

Moses may have seen,

carefully now, you

on your Hanseatic quest,

apogees falling while Impacciatore

sidles up all nappy &

sings us all to sleep,

quivering in our wretched

seasonings, on the verge

of the next verge


the next &

the next, mistle-blooms

all Tosca, the fact that

I am following

commemorates nothing more


the herald

that you missed.



Blogger Teresa said...

Sounds like you found a Djinn to take you on a whirlwind tour of the world's deserts, complete with mirages and hermits and spiritual enlightenment. It's an interesting journey, but I never knew flying carpets needed rear view mirrors!

1:36 AM  
Blogger Dee Martin said...

Fiery caravans and Saharan spirits, vocal cords singing out visions that you translate into lovely poetic journeys. I love the sensible shame flooding the arroyos (though I am keeping an eye on the floodgate situation in Louisiana - hopefully things will go as planned. sometimes the government comes up with sensible plans that do not seem to translate well into reality).
Jesuitical slide rules - I don't know a lot about the Jesuits though I am thinking it is a direction I need to read up on. They seem to get a bad rap wherever you find them. Sometimes reading your poems is like a visit to the visual thesaurus on crack lol (if you have not tried that website out - you should!)
Hanseatic sent me to wikipedia - I am beginning to think you have that website connected to you via IV. Loved the nappy sidling and mistle blooms - classic Paschal.
Gorgeous Sunday morning crisp sunny with a lovely soundtrack to boot. Happy spring to you!

8:31 AM  
Blogger anno said...

I liked those
"dreams risen from
Jesuitical slide rules,
calculations of the godhead,
peregrinations of a sashay
the likes of which only
Moses may have seen,"

and wondered how much of this week's journey was inspired by the opening of the spillways near Baton Rouge. So many people whose lives will be permanently altered; my heart is with them all.

12:17 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Sista T: All good paranoids need a rear view mirror: attach it to the head, if you're on the carpet. Be Thee done with skool for the moment?

12:59 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Loved your comments this morning, Dee: that caffeine must have been high octane today. Shh . . . not so loud on the Wikipedia IV reference (cracked me up!) . . . in a recent Debate Club debate, I debated against The Holy Wiki as a source of reliable and accurate information: one of our best debaters masterfully drew blood, despite my tsunami of citations, etc . . . all for the game, of course, since I do daily drink at the font, at least when writing/channeling poems.

My middle schoolers and I love Visual Thesaurus: we keep looking for words that will bloom more tentacles than the words "break" and "set." Let me know if you've come up with other big bloomers, and if you haven't discovered these two, plug them in and watch them quiver and grow.

1:09 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Anno: The schizophrenia of the Mississippi in fat flood and the genuflections that came with Thursday's 4.21 inches and dark dark skies into our ongoing drought . . . mercy, mercy, mercy.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

I have finished all the coursework for my MA!! I uploaded my last final paper on Friday. Then yesterday I finished my part of a translation project that two professors and I were working on in collaboration with a really big-name China scholar and Harvard University Press. I doubt the grunt MA candidate will get credit in print, but I hope to get some good recommendation letters. Now I only have thesis, thesis, and more thesis. So I started taking some classes in doing mosaics, finished my first project today. I also played the viola again yesterday for the first time in ages. I think I might just be developing a case of senioritis!! Hard to say. One more year to go till graduation.

5:26 PM  
Blogger Dee Martin said...

Wikipedia is not allowed as a source for most teachers though I subvert them a bit by showing the kids the outside source links at the bottom of the page...You should have claimed fiat in the debate. My son debated through high school and for his first few years in college. He still coaches and judges some. He was the cause of many trips to wikipedia. I remember the night he came home telling us about a round and when he went to bed his dad and I had to look up fiat and hegemony. he was a freshman in high school and we knew were in trouble!

Break and set are awesome - I have never seen so many "tentacles" on visual thesaurus. I will be searching for more now.

I never could use those darn rearview mirrors :)

6:55 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Wonderful news, Sister T - all round. Glad you're having some fun. I look forward to the thesis: it's gonna rock.

7:42 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Dee: Wiki-pee is a wonderful place to drop in for a quick intro on just about anything: getting your feet wet. Most of what I want to find in W-p has nothing to do with research, and for the real stuff, I wouldn't go there, but you're right about using it as a starting point for sources.

Folks from our generation were taught English as if we were ALL going to be English majors. These days, the teaching of "communication" calls for completely different considerations. As a source for "found poems," Wiki-pee, just like the side of a can of pork and beans, is a veritable font.

7:50 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Some of our professor recommend Wikipedia as a brief intro that frequently has a bibliography to more serious sources. We are NOT, however, allowed to cite Wiki in serious research papers, much less plagiarize. Our final papers now have to be screened by "" for originality.

11:53 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

T: Totally get and agree with Wikipedia as an inappropriate source for citation, but it is a very fun "picture book" for roving and inquisitive minds. Far too much academic bigotry warning kids away, as if it's some controlled substance. The whole notion of inaccuracy is blown way out of proportion: if I'm looking for a Patrice Rushen discography, Wiki-p is just fine for me.

6:27 PM  
Blogger San said...

On the verge of the verge...and the next and the next...surely, you have heard the Taos hum.

12:30 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Taos Hum works for me, Sister San. "On the verge," by the way, was the title of a play I saw ages ago at the Alabama Shakespeare Fest, starring the lambent Greta Lambert.

9:59 AM  

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