— Clear your mind of cant (Samuel Johnson)
— Do not attempt to improve your neighbor or your neighborhood by what or how you read. (Emerson)
— A scholar is a candle which the love and desire of all men will light. (Emerson and Wallace Stevens)
— One must be an inventor to read well (Emerson)
(Thank you, Harold Bloom & David Lehman)
To minimise friction on a wing
The layer of air nearest the surface
Should always move smoothly
Well, it reads well, but it’s not well –
So I would suggest that “The Well” is not a great title.
Alarmed by the clanking of bewildered beasts . . .
Several onions, a gang of onions
If only she had not had that extra helping of nothing she would not feel so dizzy and giddy now. It’s only her astronaut training that’s keeping her upright.
Support for parts of the body. Hiding
from snoopers. Leaving the city on the end
of a rope. Bewildered reptiles shadowed
because of their family background.
Compleat fallowdom brandworded & lorded
Suspections unleashedly brokespeak & noodled
(It goes without saying . . .)
The delicate after-waft of flammable genderness
Exhausts the nose tubes of the plain-speaking waffle hound
(Could I be any clearer?)
Passed, or past?
You would expect The Poet to know
The difference. (Parse me my knitting.)
Recalculate and recalibrate
Of the fish scales