Works in the Collection

A Taste of Olson

In Cold Hell, In Thicket
It Was. But it Ain't
This
Human Universe
A Foot is to Kick With
Call Me Ishmael
Projective Verse
Bagatto
The Moebius Strip
ABCs
A Lustrum for You, E.P.
La Preface

To Bet

 

LA PREFACE

 

The dead in via
____________in vita nuova
______________________in the way

You shall lament who know they are as tender as the horse is.
You, do not speak who know not.

"I will die about April 1st..." going off
"I weigh, I think, 80 lbs..." scratch
"My name is NO RACE" address
Buchenwald __ new Altamira cave
With a nail they drew the object of the hunt.

Put war away with time, come into space.
It was May, precise date, 1940. I had air my lungs could breathe.
He talked, via stones __ a stick __ sea rock__ a hand of earth.
It is now, precise, repeat. I talk of Bigmans organs
he, look, the lines! are polytopes.
And among the DPs -- deathbed
__________________________at the apex
__________________________________of the pyramid.

Birth in the house is the One of Sticks, cunnus in the crotch.
Draw it thus: (___) 1910 (
It is not obscure. We are the new born, and there are no flowers.
Document means there are no flowers
______________________________and no parenthesis.

It is the radical, the root, he and I, two bodies
We put our hands to these dead.

The closed parenthesis reads: the dead bury the dead,
_________________________________and it is not very interesting.
Open, the figure stands at the door, horror his
and gone, possessed, o new Osiris, Odysseus ship.
He put the body there as well as they did whom he killed.

Mark that arm. It is no longer gun.
We are born not of the buried but these unburied dead
crossed stick, wire-led, Blake Underground

The Babe
________the Howling Babe