Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Tabula Rasa or Deep Structure?

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Tabula Rasa or Deep Structure?

Article excerpt

The pristine china plate upon which

you discreetly place your porkchop,

mashed potatoes and butter beans

lacks conviction...

Now more like trailing clouds of glory

without the glory.

I imagine an old-time radio chassis

with its discrete components -a color-

coded resistor here, a capacitor there,

the resined transformer and stalwart

6L6 rectifier wired with copper to

an amplitude modulator, wired to...

hip bone connected to the leg bone

connected to the knee bone.

But forget that too. No angular,

art deco geometry to the brain,

no horizontals and verticals.

Just slush, a meat cloud trailing

historical injunctions and mandates

ancient as Mr. & Mrs. Amoeba

who caught on way back and thus

progressed to voila! us!

I do wonder though how a meat ball

can engineer deep or shallow structures,

how your pork chop becomes a mother-board

of sorts, how what you might otherwise eat

translates into archetypes and digital

reckoning and maybe rectitude. …

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