[ilds] One cannot copy to unearth the new

william godshalk godshawl at email.uc.edu
Fri Mar 7 21:07:20 PST 2008


I hope we can talk about this poem. I but darkly understand it. I just fict.

Bill


At 10:43 PM 3/7/2008, you wrote:
>PRESS INTERVIEW [from Collected Poems: 1931-1974 (1985) , Faber and Faber  ]
>
>Capacities in doubt and lovers failing?
>We feel time freshen but we keep on sailing.
>
>No, sir, I do not cannibalise my fellow-man
>In writing of him. I just fict.
>Unfashionable if you wish, or even unreal
>So to evict the owner from his acts
>In propria persona; spit out the bones
>When once the bloody platter's licked.
>
>Of course things experienced or overheard
>Swarm up the wall and knock;
>But we disperse them as they flock
>And redistribute, word by silly word.
>
>But when Totals turn up and insist
>We give them way; and only then you see,
>However chimerical or choice or few,
>One cannot copy to unearth the new.
>
>1966/ 1966
>
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