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Re: Howling from the perimeters

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Douglas Barbour <[log in to unmask]>

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Poetryetc: poetry and poetics

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Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:44:38 -0700

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I can agree with Max, here, Bill, that you’ve covered a lot of ground, but I felt that a little too much sermonizing crept it. 

I really liked
At stopwork meetings,
never voted for the resolution.
Supported forlorn amendments.

But one of the other stanzas argued a point rather than displaying how ‘you’ & your reactions meant a particular way. I think you might be able to cut some of this down, & still get to that conclusion…?

Doug
On Jan 28, 2015, at 8:34 AM, Max Richards <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Lordy, Bill, 
> 
> you cover so much! 
> 
> and the transitions can feel like sleight of hand.
> 
> [As a longtime practicer/practitioner of the swerve and the non sequitur,
> 
> who am I to bring this up?]
> 
> I almost feel it’s sprawling its way into separate topics or a numbered sequence.
> 
> M in Seattle
> 
> On Jan 27, 2015, at 13:23, Bill Wootton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
>> A companion piece to last week's 'Offshooting':
>> 
>> Scarcely tilting at windmills,
>> but when my mates downed
>> Coke, I sipped Fanta or Leed.
>> 
>> Banana Splits oiled
>> my gums with gloop,
>> not icy Choc Wedges.
>> 
>> Such choices pepper
>> my life, the most popular 
>> so eschewable. 
>> 
>> Neither Holden nor Ford; 
>> my first car, a front-
>> wheel drive Morris 1100.
>> 
>> Football? Cricket?
>> I settled for volleyball.
>> School team even.
>> 
>> Until jeans got under 
>> my defences. Couldn't wait 
>> to get legs out of Amcos,
>> 
>> into Levi's or Wranglers
>> or Lees. The big three.
>> Western gear garnered me.
>> 
>> Not sure why. Perhaps
>> the unpretensiousness
>> of screen cowboys appealed. 
>> 
>> The way they arrived
>> at their own codes and stuck 
>> by them, under starry skies.
>> 
>> Today's soup of commercial TV,
>> Radio with ads, talkback,
>> how can this attract?
>> 
>> At stopwork meetings,
>> never voted for the resolution.
>> Supported forlorn amendments.
>> 
>> Floating with the current
>> provides false momentum.
>> I value my tributariness.
>> 
>> But how much difference
>> are we talking about? 
>> How wide my preferential arc?
>> 
>> Am I just another trimmer 
>> of tall poppies? Espousing
>> an illusion of superior taste,
>> 
>> my nuanced selections 
>> riding proud over roughshod 
>> popular addictions?
>> 
>> Trouble is the mainstream 
>> tends to obliterate 
>> independence of thought. 
>> 
>> Consent so easily 
>> manufactured nowadays
>> that objectors seem stolid,
>> 
>> predictable, naysayers. But 
>> what passes for positive 
>> so often protects privilege.
>> 
>> Polls would have us believe 
>> harsh asylum seeker 
>> policies keep us all safe.
>> 
>> Why can't we forget the taste 
>> of fear? Back ourselves in?
>> The gushing middle deserve
>> 
>> to be regarded with wariness.
>> Who loads those bouquets
>> at Sydney's Martin Place,
>> 
>> by roadside death spots?
>> Why was remote Diana mourned 
>> as a breeze-blown candle
>> 
>> when Boko Haram snuffs
>> out lives by the hundred?
>> Mass outpourings of grief,
>> 
>> apparent hunger for rampant 
>> public mourning rituals must 
>> spring from somewhere.
>> 
>> Or do such displays 
>> only reveal the vacuum 
>> at the heart of the centre?
>> 
>> bw
> 

Douglas Barbour
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Recent publications: (With Sheila E Murphy) Continuations & Continuation 2 (UofAPress).
Recording Dates (Rubicon Press).

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