Academic journal article Chicago Review

Notes to Poems

Academic journal article Chicago Review

Notes to Poems

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MPH: The Motorcycle Poems is based on the author's 1970 typescript. The version printed here incorporates undated minor revisions entered into the typescript in pencil, as well as recent emendations by the author.

"'cause" / Previously appeared in "Aerialist Narratives," published in Voices Cast Out to Talk Us In (University of Iowa Press, 1995). Used with permission of University of Iowa Press.

"O'er the Ramparts We-Montezuma's Flowers-Watched" / Originally titled "O'er the Ramparts We Watched, We Montezuma's Flowers."

"Skull Breasted Mother of History, Coatlicue, Genius Loca" / Originally titled "The Land-Openers Confront the Skull-Breasted Mother Coatlicue."

"Puzzlin Blues," "Song," "Black Poetry," "Bantu Love Song," "Modern Court Music for Bigger," "(nor ask for anymore" / Typescripts undated, written between 1970 and 1975 as part of the drafts for Etai-Eken (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1975). …

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