axial poems [1986- ]

 

 

 

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These poems represent my first approach to separate poems called axial.

Although preverbs are the primary manifestation of axial poems now,

the earliest approach persists, and the first poems here

are from 2011.

They are followed here by poems from c. 1986.

See also axial language.

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AXIAL PRINCIPLE

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If the

thing

done

isn’t still

happening

it isn’t

done


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THINGS DONE

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for themselves

are the only

things done

for all


 

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WHAT I CANNOT SAY

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language says

 

 

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I BELIEVE

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if one

belief

goes down

no belief

is safe

 

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THE SECRET

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is

the text

itself

is

the secret

 

 

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The poems from this point below are from c. 1986.

 

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TOO LATE

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if you don’t

want your mind

fucked with

don’t read

this

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REFERENCE

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IS THE ONE

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IMPOSSIBLE

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THING

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To name it
makes it
what in it
is it

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MIXING PERSONS

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When you
said
what you
said
to me
to your-
self
you con-
fused
us

 

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ON THE ALERT

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to catch
it quick
before
even
it
can be
said
to be
thought

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MORPHIC RESONANCE

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Form
sounds
name
like
sound
forms
shape
things

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THIS SENTENCE IS NOT SO LONG

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as
to
make
it-
self
so
de-
vious-
ly ex-
tended
you
lose
track
at
any
point
here-
with
anti-
cipated
where
you
de-
cide
to
stop
and look
back
to
where
you
were
just
now
and
can-
not

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THIS ISN’T LANGUAGE

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my
foot

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HERMENEUTICALLY SPEAKING

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In the beginning
is
not
how
it read
the first time

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ALLONYM

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The
name
the
other
one
you
are
knows
you
by

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THE ALLOMORPHIC SET =

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[the
one
thing
the
more
than
one
thing
have
in
common
that
each
one
thing
has
differently]

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SITTING

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re-
flecting
up-
on
the
water

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DON’T LOOK NOW

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Nothing
is
back there.

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LOOKING
ON AN-
TERIOR I-
DENTITY

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Do
you
remember
remembering
remembering
the first
time

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LOOKING MORE LIKE IT

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The stranger
it
comes
into town
the more
it
looks
like
life it-
self

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THE SLANT I

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TAKE AS STANCE

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If it’s
good
enough
to stand
on
it’s good
enough
to let
loose
in
through


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THE MAN WHO DISAPPEARED

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let
the light
shine
clear
through


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THOROUGH THROUGH & THROUGH

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EVERYTHING HAS MANY VERSIONS

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unnoticed here

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EXTENDED SPEAKING

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However many
times you say it
it makes
itself all
over

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WHAT IS WHERE AND NOT

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If creation
is out
of nothing,
nothing is
more
immanent
in the thing
than the thing is
immanent
in itself

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IT’S ONLY HOPE

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is
that it is
other
than itself

for other-
wise
it is not
what it is

 

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THE WORD IS

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the
world
erasing
its
name
before
your
eyes
register
the critical
letter
lacking

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