Without Stitching Closed the Eye of the Falcon.
without care without seed pearl without stitching closed the eye of the falcon without seemly rectitude without the platitude of o thou muddled media pundit without questionable doubt or metabolism without a geographic category of speech that will travail without a hint or glint of "secular" mastery, without ritual framing without a theatrical sense of illusion and bandying about or on or inside a thermosphere without it working against you and when it does being able to go on without it without gavottes without gazelles that you study in neighboring Persian poetries without spallation and without a diving bell how will you survive? without rapacious wildcats without the sense of security you have always expected without your familiar stage fright without the caves without the bombing of caves without the mystery of caves without the caves in your memory of that mystery that lives in caves without caves that long to exist in the hand print in the cave of that memory without the rivets that hold the wing together that hold the whole throbbing machine together that assert the rivet dominion without which you do not have a plan of fastening together of wings of arms for the automaton that holds the capital together without its own mind of wheels and cogs and mudras that run the show without all the pixels and efforts of more dominion without borders to cross without needing to carry things over borders the invasion of your homeland (coming? coming soon?) without it, what call in the night what call is answered what nuance what tantrum in the night what martyrdom of dreaming your own birth your own end of history or end of speculation what call what alarm is sounding deep in the home?
ANNE WALDMAN'S most recent books are In the Room of Never Grieve: Selected Poems (Coffee House Press) and Structure of the World Compared to a Bubble (Penguin Poets). She is the Artistic Director of the Summer Writing Program of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, a program which she co-founded with Allen Ginsberg.
photograph by Kai Sibley
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|Title Annotation:||two poems|
|Publication:||The American Poetry Review|
|Date:||May 1, 2006|
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