Aught, no. 5 (2001)

Kenneth Sherwood

Codex Elegy

   lost its pages
and we despair of ever
   feeling again

        Her presence like it was
        before we lost it

      she lost them
        and all

was so lost
that we were driven
    to be poets madly
      despairing, or

       were we hoping for the
       future or were
             we all just
          hopping mad


In the Mode of

appalling clutter
of days, raw
words recollected in transit

here reins one moment
the normal program
                waves that cycle

impossible setting out
without pen & watch

my weather channel
has done this to me


Sound Off

          without intention
      absorbed speech
        columns sway

                  outbidding memory re
         collection that grazes

              field of forensic parti
         culars, vague

                          clouds words
              doors without knock

                        [title from the book by Spencer Selby]


Short Crib

tha s

an affirmative

narrative weathervane
sweet stampede

only the poet
in sum this?

                        for Hank Lazer


Frustrating the Line

other people digressing here
people back tracking
one heck of time-lapse

an additive form

paste it back to y'all
wants to grow
seems linear

connecting to remote
Poem Server, He said,
you twist
and I said I do.


Some Query

words mimicry
  defiantly abstract
     between syllable, sound
       and music
   would that I could
     only so
    laid low in the
       backseat of an excuse
to mime lines

                         for Benjamin Friedlander

Copyright 2001, by the author. All rights reserved.
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