May 12, 2005

"green" noun by Rob Budde

what is inside the saying
out, divulged, a kind
of explosion of the singular

word or located thought--
not both--across a table
but talk of how to stay
in language and land--
not both--across a poem its own

myth is the expectation
that some have done it for you better

knots of recoil, not taking what is given, not
beholden to the south--sustainability is

in poetics, is keeping the poem close,
a territory, a ceremony, a smaller economy
of naming ink into thought out

meaning can stay in catalogues,
the course lists, the collective
protections, a manifesto that is not one saying

prince george is not memorable
like that usual world.

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