Summer 1994 • Vol. XVI No. 3 Poetry |

Quotidian Spectres

November winds. Mammoths wheel and bay   over librarial vaults. Somehow archaic pride, somehow our unforgivable promotion of slaughter in Salvador--they do not balance. I want them twisting on a single word stem, a stem with scale, vitally   out, in turbulence with earth in menstrual nomenclature and devourer monoculture, the anti the ir the ism aliases--desire of all poets to open seshemu, to penetrate paradise and tell tales of the heart to the other until it dawns Cairo or Leningrad, and the metaphor transfers,   thou art. ∗       Luxor Yaxchilan Lascaux are you spectres or emanations? The streets of NYC are as lice upon TV screens, "news" through which we worship detergent.  And the alley I walk today? I marvel at its lack of sturdy borders, admire its cans, house and auto rears, visible dirt under pebbles. It is more "everyday" than impersonal American streets. I walk a multi-level memory alley, a midden loaded with alley-walked moment.

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