|Lisa Jarnot||..........POEM BEGINNING WITH A LINE FROM AUGUSTINE
|Andrew Schelling||..........DEAR BOB GRENIER
..........ST. URBANI KELLER
..........WRITTEN ON A RETURN FLIGHT OVER THE ATLANTIC
|Contents||..........LIST OF ALL POETS FEATURED IN "trembling ladders #4"
Ramen ego, deuce moose, in cue conspectus
you will be advanced socially, without
any special effort, and I will be where I
always was for you, though you don't think
I'm pretty and I sleep and think I'm pretty
and your brothers, the clams, that rise up
wearing hats upon a funny sun,
blink in a tragedy of families,
which isn't something I would understand
despite the fact my table tops are dirty
on the table tops of those whose houses
all your wise men clean.
Having a coke with you is better than
being frank o'hara who was more fun
than me and better than you, the coke,
the subway or the tree limbs eaten by
the monster in the park who comes
from the east river and the dog on
the sidewalk that he doesn't eat
beside the combo of my heart and then
my head and also of the hard boiled eggs,
the coke and frank o'hara boiled upon the
sidewalk like a dog that looking up over canal
street into the powder of the sun says here I am
beneath the stars and howls inside the hallway.
The horns were small, but every bit as perfect
As if a sculptor made them, and as bright
As any jewel, and the eyes and forehead
Offered no threat...........
1. Dear Bob Grenier
Maybe you saw
Sunday NY Times book review
the account of a Jean Grenier
on trial for being a
first time a court
sent the accused to a doctor instead of
2. Beograd Restaurant
the high wail
of a Macedonian violin
"I wake at 6:30
smoke a cigarette
9 o'clock a cigarette
11:30 a cigarette"
says black stocking'd American lady
across from the
"I was so pure "
her lovely African ladyfriend laughing
the violinist has quietly
with her wiled little poems
even in Europe the coefficient of weirdness
in black lace cups
when she leans forward
4. St. Urbani Keller
the crumbled masonry
this far under the street
thing smell musty, even the food......
a man pumps his
It was a wine cellar?
16th century built as a
how you call it
when the Turks attack?
a bomb shelter
good dry wine
5. [Old Tongues]
To carry content
as in epic or drama
(digging the square pit for blood)
Homer, Aeschylus, Parsifal
to be destroyed, to perish
but in the causative
6. Written on a Return Flight over the Atlantic
Last night in the Urbani Keller for wine and soup after
Die Zauberflaute, Anne with odd vehemence
picks a flight over Mozart
questioning her , I find she's contesting a ghost.
Old lover's insinuated himself, stone Habsburg angel between us.
So many phantoms from Viennese cobbles.
Schoenburg. Wittgenstein. Ottoman Empire.
Food from Hungary, Czech beer.
Despair over Bosnia deepens
Was it Vienna where the Knights Templar
were defeated by a coalition of
Swarming up from the cobbles
Dropping from St. Stephans' arches
mists and vapors
of the unknown woods
and back to N America
three bows to Willendorf Venus
mother of all
CONTENTS (list of all poets featured in "trembling ladders #4")
TERENCE MCKENNA - on Magic, Mushrooms and the "little clowns" of language. 1 ANNE WALDMAN - Charnel Ground 7 JEREMY REED - Leaving the world 8 HELEN ADAM - 3 Poems 10 Essay: ANDREW SCHELLING - Avolokiteshvara, Rocky Flats, and the New York Times 17 MAHMOUD DARWISH - 5 Poems 21 TIM ATKINS - Poem 27 JAMES TAYLOR - 2 Poems 30 BERNADETTE MAYER - 4 Poems 33 ARTHUR SPYROU - 2 Poems 35 JACKSON MACLOW - 4 Poems from FORTIES 40 ELENI SIKELIANOS - from THE BLUE COAT 48 TANIA ELIZOV - 5 Poems from TEST THE GOLD 53 JEREMY REED - 4 Poems 60 ANIA WALWICZ - Castle 64 ANNE TARDOS - 2 Poems 67 SARAH COINGTON - A-23 69 CLAYTON ESHLEMAN - 2 Poems 73 ENRIQUE CHAGOYA - 3 Artworks 76 TANIA ELIZOV - Invocation To the goddess, Who is Multiple and Restless 79 ZAN ROSS - 2 Poems 83 ADONIS A Grave for New York 87 LISA JARNOT - 2 Poems 97 REPORT FROM DELPHI: ELENI SIKELIANOS - "ETERNALS" 98 ANDROW SCHELLING - Fragments from the Plains of Europa 104 MURAT NEMET- NEJAT - from IO'S SONG 107 ANNE WALDMAN - No Child's Utopia 112 DENNIS TEDLOCK - Zuni work 114 ANSELM HOLLO - Blok / Schwitters / De La Vega 123 TED JOANS - Poem 128 HAKIM BEY -Wild Children and Paganism 129 ALICE NOTLEY - 3 Poems from DISOBEDIENCE 131 NISA ASOKAN - 2 Poems 140 Essay: PETER LAMBORN WILSON - Ploughing the Clouds:
The Soma Sacrifice in Ancient Ireland