Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added) is the best-kept secret among contemporary American writers.--John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Unsplendid - "Near the End of the World"

I have a poem in the near-new Unsplendid, "a journal of received and nonce forms." You can take a look at the magazine my heading over to http://www.unsplendid.com/, where there's much to be read. Or you can hop straight over to "Near the End of the World," http://www.unsplendid.com/2-1/2-1_youmans_neartheend_frames.htm.

The poem is true to itself, but it's not how I actually feel about the fate of poetry in general! Instead, it sprang from a passing mood and is true to that mood. Other recent poems are at http://www.mezzocammin.com/ and elsewhere, and there are a good number of older ones at http://www.thehypertexts.com/.
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CREDIT: The above triptych is one of a series that alternate as cover of the current issue. They are by Fabian Birgfeld, and there are more of these "interior landscapes" inside--do we call it inside? or just elsewhere, very elsewhere--as well as a statement and information about Birgfield, who has a website at http://www.birgfeld.org/.

7 comments:

  1. Marly,
    I love this poem. It reminds me of Wallace Stevens' "Sunday Morning" for some reason, perhaps the doleful tone and the rhythm.

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  2. Thanks! "Sunday Morning," eh? It's easy to forget that Stevens sometimes wrote blank verse. He also liked to write short blank verse. And "Sunday Morning" is in short blank verse units...

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  3. One of my favorite poems, actually.
    Sorry to say that two of the comments you made on my blog didn't publish. I'm sorry. I wanted to see which of my posts you thought was a novel.
    I'm trying to write the freeway one into a longer story, though not a novel. And yes, the Rosenberg stuff is wonderful. Wish I had more details. I guess I could invent them though.

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  4. "electrongenic"--great word.

    Yes, a fine poem, Marly--but you know that; I love the interior music, and have my own moments of dolefulness.

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  5. Robbi,

    Yes, invent them. Or scoop them out of that elderly mind next time you're struggling with shoes or something...

    jarvenpa,

    You have the music, too! I'm glad you took a peek.

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  6. The alliteration suggests the very old patterns of anglo saxon poems. A nice touch.

    word verification: tatope
    definition: a lacy metaphor or trope

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  7. Hi MB--

    Thanks for the note elsewhere--I'll write you back next week. We have a very well-painted zombie and a commedia dell'arte il dottore out trick-or-treating, and I think we had another il dottore at college. Love those masks.

    And thanks for the A-S comment. I translated "Dream of the Rood" this summer (not the second half, which is didactic) and enjoyed it.

    Like the tatting-trope!

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Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.