Thursday, September 22, 2011

City Talk (Excerpt) -- Lorine Niedecker


I’m good for people?—
penetrating?—if you mean

I’m rotting here—
I’m an alewife

the fish the seagull
has no taste for

I die along the shore
and send a bad smell in

As praiseworthy

The power of breathing (Epictetus)
while we sleep.  Add:
to move the parts of the body
without sound

and to float 
on a smooth green stream

in a silent boat

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