To begin ...

As the twentieth century fades out
the nineteenth begins
.......................................again
it is as if nothing happened
though those who lived it thought
that everything was happening
enough to name a world for & a time
to hold it in your hand
unlimited.......the last delusion
like the perfect mask of death

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Reconfiguring Romanticism (32): Bruce Andrews, Four 19th-Century Poems


[Poems manufactured/crafted from texts in Poems for the Millennium, volume 3: The University of California Book of Romantic & Postromantic Poetry. First performance March 23, 2009 for a group reading and launch at St Mark’s Bookshop in New York. Some modifications in format by the blog editor.]

[1]
and the like--------and the like
and the like--------and the like
and the like--------and the like
and the like------- and the like
light----------------night
blow----------------below
dart-----------------heart
scanne-------------deade!
manne!-------------bedde
shame--------------same
roar---------------- power
vain---------------- brain
wild---------------- beguild
pow’rs------------- devours
light----------------invite
sight----------------night
luve----------------luve
bodies-------------duddies
sheuk-------------- leuk
leuk----------------neuk
encore-------------uproar
a’ that------------- a’ that
variorum--------- decorum
protected--------- erected
are----------------- war
time--------------- sublime
array-------------- gay
cause-------------- laws
provoke-----------yoke
untrue!------------ can do
power--------------slower
nation------------- explanation
sublime----------- crime
ass----------------- alas!
despotism-------- methodism
whiteness---------lightness
terror------------- error
exhalation--------nation
sperm-------------term
noise-------------- joys
brain-------------- feign
exaggeration-----self-extermination
worst-------------- first
hips----------------lips
in------------------ skin
legs----------------sex
multiplied--------head
politique--------- trick
gay----------------play
far---------------- war
stark------------- hierarch
emotion--------- motion
move------------ groove
by heart--------- your heart
money-----------honey
aesthetics------- frenetics

[2]
ANOTHER 19TH-CENTURY POEM
The Shakers / reverse glossolalia / [ailalossolg esrever]

oop net evol enap re-s not not re-caw a-lot re—caw a lot not not not mus-em eb O
oov al na muc-ool rat-v no red nod na oov er
as rav ral oot al as sav no reb-mohs
et nav el-ek ra oo es naw el-eM
nav en-o es-naw et oow en av esat naw-e-no eT
oov en-o es nal
et oov en-at ek ra es-naw eT
oot nahs ev ha nol
ek-saw an-as naht ek sav en O
ool et na-t ek sa-t na-ep hA

[3]
STILL ANOTHER 19TH CENTURY POEM

brudder
ole
notin’
wid
dere’s
dere’s
dere’s
dere’s
brudder
de
brudder
dere’s
dere’s
de
heern
de
de
de
de
de
de
de
de
de
heern
de
dat
de
de
dat
dar
dar
dere’s
de
de
dar
de
de
chil’en
de
a-died
de
de
de
dey
de
de
dere’s
de
de
de
chil’en
de
dis
de
o’
dis
de
o’
dis
de
o’
de
hab
de
de
hab
de
de
hab
de
dey’s
dey’s
dey’s
de
de
de
dat
de
de
brudder
brudder
brudder
‘fore
de
‘fore
de
de
de
de
de
de
de
brudder
brudder
brudder
‘fore
We’ll fight for liberty
We’ll fight for liberty
We’ll fight for liberty

[4]
ONE MORE 19TH CENTURY POEM
switched song of the bald mountain witches

1
Maraku
Nich, nich, salampa, daba.
Chomoescho, wassala, bodaschib.
Maraku
O.a.a — o.o.o. — i.i.i. — e.e.e. — u.u.u. — ye.ye.ye.
Aa, la sobs, li li sobs lu lu sobs.
Schanschun
Chodawi, saraks, jatungu, jatungu, etc.

2
oi, ai, — oi, ai, zok, oi, ai,
zopaz! oi, ai, zopipaz!
Jemasookat, suomasoos, kamni, samnis, daschol.
Paz, paz, paz, paz, paz, paz, paz, paz!
Zopin, zopin, zopin, sadyn.
Noscho, kodamtschi, gasawik, damej.
Pobouo, yamochondyr, pobou, alpig.
Chadorua, sadora, sadory, yemozal.
oi, ai, o. oi, ai, koz. oi yen zolk, oi ai zolk.

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