Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Poetry Generators, Stylometry & I Corinthians 13


                      “Si os dan papel pautado, escribid por el otro lado.”*

                                                                     Juan Ramón Jiménez

Typically one hopes
to explain as much
variation as possible.

We look for snapshots:

                                    Night rises on a great crow wing
                                    bearing the half-lifed moon....

Once functorial, however,
multidimensionality is underrepresented:

                                   glows like an apricot
                                   blossoms salacious as a tiger lily

Thus and so one explanation
of many things goes astray:

                                   asphodel
                                   sandal beams
                                   tears of honey

If this seems to do the trick, it is strictly a trick
of triadic line.

Therefore let us say
in variable syllables
there may be untold many
in each with his, her, or its own ways:

                                  lyre-voiced
                                  last moan of spring
                                  breast to breast as one

In conclusion, then--Who authored I Corinthians 13?

Ultimately Corinthians, for without them

no Corinth
no column
no bronze
or isthmus
no pink
no spirit
no epistles
no echoing horn
no clashing cymbal

& also no rash formulas and answers off the scale.

E. A. Costa

E. A. Costa      November 2, 2016     Granada, Nicaragua
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N.B.: *”If they give you ruled paper, write on the other side.” Interestingly
enough a very similar quotation is often attributed to William Carlos Williams,
“If they give you lined paper, write the other way”. There can be little or no doubt
that if Williams said this, he got it from Juan Ramón Jiménez, the Spanish poet
who won the Nobel Prize in 1956 and after the Spanish Civil War taught at the
University of Puerto Rico. In fact, Williams, who was Spanish on his mother's
side, with ties to both Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican community in New York
City, was physically in Puerto Rico in 1956 when Ramón Jiménez won the prize,
though he never mentions meeting or otherwise knowing him. Williams in Puerto
Rico was close to the poet Luis Palés Matos, several of whose poems he imitated
and one of whose works he translated into English. It is inconceivable that
he did not hear about and read works of Ramón Jiménez, either in New York City
or Puerto Rico.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Above the Tree Line


                         "Cada vez que abro los labios
                         Inundo de nubes el vacío."*

                                              Vicente Huidobro

Cold bitter roll
out of the sleeping bag,

flash of fire and a cigarette
frantically inhaled,

warm perch and hot coffee
in the golden morning sun--

                         nicotine, caffeine & bright light:

the animal arctic and addicted,
billowing with vapor,
ends another Ice Age night....

E. A. Costa
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N.B.: * "Every time I open my lips, I flood the void with clouds."

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Purple Cloud Of Gentle Doom (Mementos of a Polytonic)


                     “...and beneath the flag, stretched right across the house,
                      was the thing which spelled, letter by letter, in letters of light:
                      and it spelled two words, deliberately, coming to the end,
                      and going back to recommence: Drink ROBORAL"* 
                                                                                                          
                                                                                                     M.P. Shiel
Canoes:

canoes
aloes
foes
archfoes
floes
felloes
does
hoes
joes
roes
sloes
hammertoes
tippytoes
snowshoes
gumshoes
horseshoes
overshoes
& shoes

but stilletoes emphatically stilletoes even as high-heeled blues.

Undergoes:

oboes
buboes
heroes
antiheroes
superheroes
tomatoes
potatoes
throes & woes

but undoes noes and yoes.

Foregoes no-go's so:

haloes
hoboes
zeroes
viragoes
gigoloes
mottoes
flamingoes
tornadoes
tuxedoes
tobaccoes
piccoloes
buckoes

(which looks too much like backhoes in them thar hills)

bravadoes
renegadoes
desperadoes
commandoes
filibusteroes
magnificoes &
manifestoes

Yet echoes with echoes or echos, vetoes vetoes and never banjos banjoes.

Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man,
when was the Great Vowel Shift
& should there be a comma before the and?

E. A. Costa

E. A. Costa     October 24, 2016   Granada, Nicaragua
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N.B.: *Alise Bulfin, “'One Planet, One Inhabitant': Mass Extermination In M. P. Shiel's
Purple Cloud" suggests plausibly  Roboral—otherwise unknown apparently--was some 
“fraudulent tonic”. It might be pointed out that Shiel was a Socialist and the name is an
anagram of “laboro”, “I work” in Latin, which works either in regard to Shiels or to some
contemporary patent medicine peddler having the very name of the tonic avowing that it works.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

NW x NW: Antiode to Alfred Hitchcock

                                   
                                      "In Riemann, Hilbert or in Banach space
                                      Let superscripts and subscripts go their ways.
                                      Our asymptotes no longer out of phase,
                                      We shall encounter, counting, face to face...."

                                                                                 Stanislaw Lem


Every image arises from a field
of possibility and having risen,
rises another field between
meaning and unmeaning:

       Two in and out of twilight
       hand in hand, dark and bright
       in the ballet of left and right...

               tragedy & comedy

               laughing and crying chiasmically.

Is the fruited field polysemous?

                               jupe de jeter

                              à travers de l'espace  

                              jupe à jeter

                              tutu-à-terre

As things stand aren't all worlds
AMBIGUONS winging through two
or more images at the same time?

What a post-predicament:

               flying planes can be dangerous: rat-tat-tat

              the jet strafes North by Northwest: pan-pan cul-cul

              it is a Naval Factory N3N Canary crop sprayer

              with four on the floor by Rolls Royce

              Cary escapes with a prayer and a little shrapnel

              in the κεῖσθαι of his featherduster

              the pilot a marine from Quantico

              is convicted of being viciously orange

              locust run amok

              no wheat or maize are sown or grown

              what can a poor poet do except plant potatoes?

..............................................................................Q.E.D.

E. A. Costa

E. A. Costa       October 23, 2016     Granada, Nicaragua
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N.B.: κεῖσθαι: the lie, being in a position (Aristotle)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Dreams Of War Among Orangutans


                             “En ces temps difficiles, il convient d'accorder notre mépris
                             avec parcimonie, tant nombreux sont les nécessiteux.”

                                                                                                  Chateaubriand

Let scientists tell in precisest terms where
reside dreams of war among Orangutans
and what kind of war it is:

Is it war to control bananas,
food of the wise, by the likes
of Great Ape United Fruit?

Is it war to monopolize the best routes
for brachiating through branches
of jungle and over the shortest airlanes
between trees to trapeze across?

Is it religious war or war to colonize and exploit?

Is it nuclear war, chemical war, economic war?

Is it a war of terror? Is it racist or genocidal?

Is it war for profit or war for the sake of war?

Is it no war at all but a still sullen nightmare
of a long-armed guerilla blowing strawberries
at under and over men logging, mining, and burning
the small green planet of just another less than human,
more than human forest kind?

E. A. Costa

E. A. Costa   October 11, 2016  Granada, Nicaragua

Monday, October 3, 2016

Haiku Informaticus/ Haikú informático


This is no window.

This is a computer screen.

Behind you—the world.

E. A. Costa


Haikú informático

Esto no es ninguna ventana.

Esto es el monitor del ordenador.

Detrás tuyo—está el mundo.

Tr. EAC


E. A. Costa     October 13, 2016    Granada, Nicaragua

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Antinicanor


                             "Qué es un antipoeta...
                                     un pequeño burgués?
                                     un charlatán?
                                     un dios?
                                     un inocente?
                                     un aldeano de Santiago de Chile?"*

                                                                 Nicanor Parra


I do not say that Nicanor Parra is not my mistress
or that when he walks, alive or dead, he treads not on earth
but in an otherwise empty set of air.

I do not say he is not a venomed dyssocratic serpent of wily irony,
like Kierkegaard, slithering on null feet and zero reason.

I do not say that he is not a poet nor antipoet, nor bard nor antibard,
nor self-styled porcupine from inner space.

I do not say that he is not an ersatz and belated Marcel Duchamp--
blind, retarded, and at least a hundred years behind the times.

I do not say that he is not an imbecile or that he had nothing more to say
after poetry or antipoetry or unpoetry left him uninspired in 1962.

I do not say that his Ars Poetique is not a Reader's Digest abridgment
mocking Paul Verlaine, ignorant of Horace and envious of Vicente Huidobro.

I do not say his antiverses or unverses or contraverses do not equal
pettier ones of Jorge Luis Borges or that physics by rote does not match the other's fiction.

I do not say he is not an adolescent poet advising himself that
in poetry null and void and not at all anything goes.

I do not say that he never leaves a blank page better off from having soiled it
or that he was not unutterably persevering and reactionary in his beshitting.

I do not say he is innumerate and cannot multiply the word imaginary
times 25 in 27 lines to the unplayed melody of the Beatles' Nowhere Man.

I do not say that he is not too bright nor excessively stupid nor that he did not
get on well with Mrs. Nixon.

I do not say that he does not consider Augusto Pinochet, 
taking tea with Margaret Thatcher, the savior of his country.

I do not say that, strictly logically, an ironic double-dealing retraction
cannot not be, like papal infallibility, retracted or unretracted.

I do not say that he is not the Chile that has fallen and still can't get up.

Yet his lips are not lascivious coral nor does he reek of finest balsamic
vinegar, nor is he Ezra Pound.

After all, he was on the so-called winning side.

Is he not then merely a traducer of Shakespeare and his life's lazy antioutput,
fat and apophatic, no more than the down and dirty mimesis of Sonnet 130?

E. A. Costa

E. A. Costa October 1, 2016 Granada, Nicaragua
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N.B.: *"What is an antipoet? A petit bourgeois?A charlatan?
A god? A naïfA villager of Santiago de Chile?"