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May 14th, 2012 / 1:16 am
Excerpts

a howling bird brings all the cats to yr yard

Illustrations for Melville's Pierre by Maurice Sendak

195

well) here’s looking at ourselves

two solids in(all
one it)
solution(of course you must shake well)

indolently dreaming puzzling

over that one
oh just thinking it over
(at that just supposing
we had met and just
but you know

supposing we

just had let it go at
that)that seems important doesn’t
it and
doesn’t that seem
puzzling but we both might have found the solution

of that in

the importance of the
fact that(in spite of the fact
that i and that
you had carefully
ourselves decided what this cathedral ought to

look like)it doesn’t look

at
all like what you
and what i(of course)
carefully had decided oh
no (but

196

Space being(don’t forget to remember)Curved
(and that reminds me who said o yes Frost
Something there is which isn’t fond of walls)

an electromagnetic(now I’ve lost
the)Einstein expanded Newton’s law preserved
conTinuum(but we read that beFore)

of Course life being just a Reflex you
know since Everything is Relative or

to sum it All Up god being Dead(not to
mention inTerred)
                                    LONG LIVE that Upwardlooking
Serene Illustrious and Beatific
Lord of Creation,MAN:
                                            at a least crooking
of Whose compassionate digit,earth’s most terrific

quadruped swoons into billiardBalls!

197

in a middle of a room
stands a suicide
sniffing a Paper rose
smiling to a self

“somewhere it is Spring and sometimes
people are in real:imagine
somewhere real flowers,but
I  can’t  imagine  real  flowers  for if  I

could,they would somehow
not Be real”
(so he smiles
smiling)”but I will not

everywhere be real to
you in a moment”
The is blond
with small hands

“& everything is easier
than I had guessed everything would
be;even remembering the way who
looked at whom first,anyhow dancing”

(a moon swims out of a cloud
a clock strikes midnight
a finger pulls a trigger
a bird flies into a mirror)

— E. E. Cummings

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