Saturday, May 14, 2005

Lisa Jarnot, Black Dog Songs

A wealth of books has appeared this week. All of Laura Riding, Gertrude Stein's How to Write and Juliana Spahr and Claudia Rankine's Where Lyric Meets Language (heretofore only in library editions upon my desk!). Oh, and Lisa Jarnot's Black Dog songs, which I've taken the following poem from. So far I'm enjoying the Jarnot, lots of "sounds" in here, but also surprisingly accessible language and imagery. Much more to say, but I'm off to Chelsea and perhaps more later. But no photos since my digital is in the shop and it takes forever to get film developed!

HOUND PASTORAL

Of the hay in the barn
and the hound in the field

of the back of the field of the
sound of the hound in the field

of the back of the field of the
bay and the front of the field

of the back of the hound and the
front of the hound and the sound
of the hound when he bays at
the sound in the field

with the baying of hounds in the
baying of arms in the field

of the hound on the page in the
sound of the hound in the field

of the hay that unrests near
the hound in the barn in the field

of the bend in the barn in the
sound of the hound in the bay
by the barn in the field.

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