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    Thursday, March 31, 2005

    Life & Death-In Remembrance...

    Robert Creeley once said: "Williams puts it best in Paterson: "Because it's there to be written...." If one only wrote "good" poems, what a dreary world it would be. "Writing writing" is the point. It's a process, like they say, not a production line. "


    Now I recognize
    it was always me
    like a camera
    set to expose

    itself to a picture
    or a pipe
    through which the water
    might run

    or a chicken
    dead for dinner
    or a plan
    inside the head

    of a dead man.
    Nothing so wrong
    when one considered
    how it all began.

    It was Zukofsky's
    "Born very young into a world
    already very old..."
    The century was well along

    when I came in
    and now that it's ending,
    I realize it won't
    be long.

    But couldn't it all have been
    a little nicer,
    as my mother'd say. Did it
    have to kill everything in sight,

    did right always have to be so wrong?
    I know this body is impatient.
    I know I constitute only a meager voice and mind.
    Yet I loved, I love.

    I want no sentimentality.
    I want no more than home


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