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November 01, 2020


The logic is lovely, dark and deep.

"numerically melodious (bird sings in tree)": beautiful! Great to read a poem that references the decimal system.

Thanks for your comment, Chris. I agree--
the decimal system has been too much ignored in contemporary poetry.

Great to see math in a poem, and a stirring, lovely poem at that.

Thanks for the comment, Karen. This is definitely the way I prefer to get my math.

Also a fan of math in poems. I wish more numbers could be like 9.

I agree. The number 9 is very fine.

As a one-time math major I'm all for the numerical melodies. But what I really love is the rhythm of the phrases - sonic suit, greatest hits - and the repetitions.

Thanks for your comment, Susan. I agree---it's the language not the math that makes this such a great poem.

The math's the thing
that makes this poem ring.

Numbers flying, like the birds: Yes. I dig this on a lot of levels. It makes me think of SIX in some ways. That's my favorite book by David Meltzer. It came out from Black Sparrow Press a long time ago. About a decade ago (?) I bought a copy of Retallack's SELECTIONS of Gertrude Stein. It remains an extremely important book. I go back to it all of the time. Bravo on all levels. I look forward to reading more of her work. It's sad that the University of California Press has dropped its out there poetry series. It seems that it evaporated after the release of THE COLLECTED POEMS OF PHILIP LAMANTIA. Oh well. One never knows. Thanks, TP, for keeping it fresh.

Loved this poem, following its path knowing I hadn't read anything like it, letting its reasoning elude but retain me at the same time, wishing I could and wanting to sit down right away and write something like it, at its heights!

Don---I believe you would love Joan's new book, Bosch'd.

Thanks, Lawrence. I was knocked out by Joan's new book.

This poem makes my heart sing!

Thanks, Jiwon---I'm so glad you liked it.

Wit, beauty and math. A great way to enjoy not being dead.

Yes, that is so true. Thanks for you comment, Evelyn.

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