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One definition being “to stay in motion”
Across the street a stringed instrument shop,
cakey clay models hung as in a butcher’s
Longing for autumn: weather of doorways
and brick, burnt syrup smell, fizzlier
Like the impossibility of any but natural light
I saw at the bookstore in Gambier
The Adult Longeing Guide longeing pronounced
lunging a term for riding a horse on
a tether, I don’t know if there’s a difference
between pattern and order or if art demands
faith in order, or if recurrences are all
we should mine, how the wind blew
Matt’s loose-leaf paged proofs and I thought
of something I penned earlier about oar
prints on water, a woman pulling leaves
out of branches, And another key move being
we could to we might to we might as well
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How would I know / when I’m empty and quiet like breath?
Historian Gerald Horne has developed a grand theory of U.S. history as a series of devastating backlashes to progress—right down to the present day.
Reflecting on three monumental works of modernism—James Joyce’s Ulysses, T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, and Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus—a hundred years on.