Aught, no. 4 (2000)

Catherine Daly

Number Nine

deadline. all-in-a-rush
to meet it.

between hand and canvas
always and nearly
writing, less direct

precludes, prevents
anxiety not black, not blank

to fill in the dark figures
to figurate

only so close to change
with hands.

interstices: time and paint

to Guard the Secret
to have it, picture of a painting of it,
later work.

with a pen to try to fill
paint might fill.
he knows what this looked like too.

only so close to random without extra characters
numbers, dingbats, wingdings

then, closer.

invitation to arbitrary
obsession with search
for her guest, her forsaken meanings.
the world needs pleasure

arrangement. release.
catch and release.

prints without background.

etchings fully scratched.

drips filled, filler

field with figures
field with drips, figures.
full with something growing and field of weeds.

scribbling desperation
drive to figure
to populate ground
after playground

dark shapes

become back-

shorthand. algebra front row.

proportions separate from canvas.

only so close with hands

(without interstice)

so close before mixing letter and number


yeah big
random not static
static obscures

complete reception, dish

the dead-line, the fish
precludes, pisces, piscine

invite arbitrary
not invoke meaning.
arrangement release

ballerina pink

arabesques conclude a phrase.


Matthew 1:23:  Behold, a young woman shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Luke 1:27:  To a young woman espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the young woman's name was Mary.

1 Corinthians 7:28:  But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a young woman marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you.

1 Corinthians 7:34:  There is difference also between a wife and a young woman. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.

1 Corinthians 7:36:  But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his young woman, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry.

1 Corinthians 7:37:  Nevertheless he that standeth steadfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his young woman, doeth well.

2 Corinthians 11:2:   For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste young woman to Christ.

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