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July 3, 2014 2:37 AM   Subscribe

3 poems about language. 9 poems without language. 4 poems of language on the edge. 3 poems from languages on the edge. 3 poems about zombies. 2 poems about mermaids. 6 poems drawn in color. 1 poem erased from black and white. 3 dreams by Zurita. 16 dreams by Bolaño. Something about bricks. Something about America. Wot kynde horse brayne spoile our cheery meal. wurrrghc brggguhdrvl.
posted by Monsieur Caution (4 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite

Some gorgeous stuff here, thank you so much. I'm reminded of Paul van Ostaijen's percussive "Boem Paukeslag", a Dada-era example of a poem where content and presentation are difficult to separate.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 3:41 AM on July 3 [1 favorite]

Poems in Conversation

2 poems about mermaids

And Prufrock moaning:

I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me.

I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water white and black.

We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.

posted by ersatz at 5:34 AM on July 3

posted by benito.strauss at 10:00 AM on July 3

Roberto Bolaño:

I dreamt I was a really old Latin American
detective. I lived in New York and Mark Twain
was hiring me to save the life of someone without
a face. “It’s going to be a damn tough case, Mr.
Twain,” I told him.

That's great. How I wish he had lived long enough to write a novel inspired by this bit.
posted by aught at 12:41 PM on July 3

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