writt enf orm

1 08 2008

gra
phein
/ rhy
me / wr
ite /
careless in our trans
lation, we call it write
they meant
much more:
carving, draw
ing, painting
(but always clear)
fitting form on
meaning / but
meaning differs
as we write; while writing preservers
it also reserves / that which we
write is cooled from the moment’s
passion which engenders speech / it betrays
it is ever
judicious / punctuation replacing
the voice’s cadence with the rigor
of the eye, enforces an evermore
austere rhythm / we must struggle
to be known, manifest in
our writing /
we enlist, knowingly,
in our impossible attempt

~lawrence wheeler

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