Magazine article The Nation

The Parenthesis Inserts Itself into the Transcripts of the Committee on Un-American Activities

Magazine article The Nation

The Parenthesis Inserts Itself into the Transcripts of the Committee on Un-American Activities

Article excerpt

"Senator (I have never been with rubrics,

nor am I among the indicteds'

swart black books: I am the anchorite's

punched lips. Small-lunged boys

who duck in the old beds from dogs

have lain low in me;

rabbits, I think, have bolted here

who smell a cold hole

in the fuck-all blurry middle

of a life sprint; the ant

comes to me for its mortar: I am the divots

of the ballpeens, cane marks

outside libraries. I fell from a tree planted on a hill

of the earth's early ticker tape; I cracked open,

a walnut of ticker tape. I am the tick

in the hide of the book, the seed

of the monograph: Yesterday the dewpoint fell

and a big fog issued from the comma, the meadows

in the semi-colons filled with tractors, the plow's tines

were made of me, as were the eyelashes

of Elijah, the fingernail moons of Coltrane--my heelmarks

are scattered in the mesquite tree, I was abused

by cummings. …

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