SECTION NINE
  POETRY PAGE FIVE

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COLUMN FIFTY-TWO, OCTOBER 1, 2000
(Copyright 2000 Al Aronowitz)

 

LIVING MANIFESTO

 

---Book A  

Wemustbe a
poetics
centered on ideals
and wemustbe
a poetics
centered on typographical error.  

Wemustbe a
razorblade outlines
in a Sunday Times
or a false scissor cut.  

Wemustlose weight
on verbosity---
words hold down our
razorblade poetics, so
wemustbe a trim one  

---Book B

di Prima had it right

THE ONLY WAR THAT MATTERS
civil rights libertines needed di
Prima  

ISTHEWARAGAINSTIMAGINATION
to march with full flags
and heavy hearts
heavy hands  

ALLOTHERWARSARESUBSUMEDINIT
and just say whatcha mean, man
speak from heart-soul-cliche depths
and abysses 

AWOMAN'SLIFE
di Prima dug it
he asked me to dig it  

AMAN'SLIFE
and the shape of my poem
is my light etching, di Prima...hear
me?  

ISANALLEGORY
and can you dig it?  

---Book C (Conscious)

And oh we have to fight and win
because the oldpoetmen (in the end)
stared in the mirror naked
0000STARVING-HYSTERICAL0000
0000MAN-IS-HALF-TRASH0000
and noticed old skulls
old scars
and oh we have to fight and win
and oh we have to fight and win
for our circle, our group, our
pretension
0000WE-ILLUMINATE0000
illuminate the grinding
gnashing
poet-bashing
naked old skulls of dusty old poetmen
who thanked the Lord Our God
even in adversity
diversity
who racially combined
works and words and  

0000AH-EXCELLENT-HE'S-DOING-JUST-THAT0000
creating speech in rhythm
and palletes for the masses 

---Book E (Colonization)

Communists create
socialists debate
Capitalists drink gin
(((thank you Allen)))
and the assholes tangle
all over again.
Sacred Heart of Christ
Sacred Circle of Buddha
of Vishnu
of
you too.
Secular humanist views
and how-do-you-do?
Civil manifesto
tell me how the wind blows
WE WE WE DONT NEED A WEATHERMAN
it's weather, man
it's summer, man.
Even in winter
discontent over the
Month of May
-with a nodnodnod to AG-
whose beauty lasted for 20 years
through Marxist beatings
and global fleecings.  

---Book F (Commercialism)  

We apologize.
There is no Book F. See Book D.
The customer is
always right.
(Political)  

---Book E (Organization)

Dewey Decimal
875.32 AG
975.64 WR
322.08 PR
369.69 Undesirable  

and where can we find
. . .  

at  

827.88 G

or

365.65 F

and

866.59 AG

Thank you
and to all a good night 

---Book G  

Kerouac had it right
"Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind"
and
"Be in love with yr life"
and I offer you this
my
living manifesto
my
dying manifesto
we can "accept loss forever"
(even,our,own)
and "believe in the holy contour of
life"
for life
forever.
So I say Kerouac had it right
"You're a genius all the time".  

---Book H

I    believe    she   was
off      the       map
I   believe
if       I     turn    back    now
I'll    be     off   the    map,   I
do
believe
they      left     together
-   an    urgent     phone    call
-
   it        went    too    far
and
who     really      has    a
love-hate
anything       these     days
no        matter     no
matter
(pulling,back,alittle)     what   I
believe.
 

---Book I

Crooked backwards smiles
pirhanas (sic)
in your eyes
(that,inner,eye)
computers can see inside faces
now.
it's tech
nology.  

---Book Z

Craft is craft night is the end the
end is the end of the
night,worth,the,morning take little
blue pills to correct heart attack
the
jewel center composing *WILD* crazier
the better the apostle the disciple
believer *Christian AG Praise God*
visual American form the bookmovie
the
telemovie radioplay Internet at your
fingertips email in a box wherein it
becomes an angel and we can all be
angeled and don't turn around the
corner,watch,the,religious quiet
ones*don't turn your back around*
like in
prison where your pen is your shank.
MEASURED PAUSES WHICH ARE THE
ESSENTIALS OF SPEECH.
Praise God...remember your Maker even
in the days of your youth.  ##

* * *

PROLOGUE

I think therefore
                   I can never be
(live-up-to-the-daytimes nightimes)
             and the night is worth
the morning
aww
eine-kleine-nachtmusik and little
atomies
phylogenies of what you'll
                       never be
(under,the,sun)
                Jesus' philosophy
Why oh God did they do this to me
                            hot iron
on the heart
hot steel hot hot through the wrists  

ankles
an arrow
          t
            h
              r
                o
                  u
                    g
                      h
                          the heart
landscape ladders
                            Shirley
Temple cherry-sequestered matters
laying heavy
                 a heavy load
                                 like
an orange mint on her lips  

and apple blossom hips.
                                 In
her name, Carlos, I'll  

PROMOTE A REVOLUTIONARY FLOOD
                           and fuse
the poet's attitudes.  ##
 

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