Wednesday, April 20, 2011

P is for Patriarchal Poetry

(This piece was originally published in Red Cedar Review)

I got up in the middle of reading Patriarchal Poetry. In the middle of reading patriarchal poetry I got up to use my hands to fold clothes my hands to fold to fold clothes to clothes to fold to fold to clothes to fold my hands to fold clothes to use my hands to fold to use to fold to use my hands to clothes.

I do not think that Stein would mind.

I use the word I too much in my poetry.

There is sound in Patriarchal Poetry sound and rhythm in repetition in the way that we use sound to make words we use sound to make words mean different things the sound in patriarchal poetry makes words mean different things we use sound in patriarchal poetry in Patriarchal poetry we use sound we use sound to make words mean different things in patriarchal poetry.

I do not think that Stein would mind, but we use sound in Patriarchal Poetry to make words mean different things.

I use the word I too much in my poetry in my poetry I too much is I is he in my poetry I is he is he is I is he in my poetry is he he said in my poetry is patriarchal poetry my poetry is patriarchal poetry I mind I too much in my poetry.

It is natural to mind in my poetry.

I got up to mind in my poetry I got up in the middle of reading patriarchal poetry I got up in the middle he said I do not think that Stein would mind getting up in the middle of patriarchal poetry.

I folded clothes he said. I got up in the middle of my poetry he said to fold clothes. I thought about sound and rhythm and to rearrange. I fold clothes he said not as a political statement it is a political statement it is a sound it is a political sound it is political a sound a sound to fold clothes.

Even when I fold clothes his poetry is my poetry is my patriarchal poetry.

When I was a child I would repeat words in my head until they broke down into sounds. At first glimpse two has a meaning but repeated it is a shape and a sound. Two. Even when broken down it can be said quickly and has meaning again. Thought and meaning are not always compatible.

Even when broken down two can be said again quickly even when broken down it can be said even when broken down it can be Patriarchal even when broken when down when broken even it can be said it can be broken be quickly even when broken down patriarchal poetry can be said quickly and has meaning again even when broken down Patriarchal Poetry can be said again quickly even when broken patriarchal poetry can be said again.

I do not think that Stein would mind he said.

Have it as she said she said.

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