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A Border Comedy by Lyn Heijinian

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Jan. 6th, 2006 | 04:27 pm
posted by: dominika_kretek in 2006_books

In the opening of Book Five of A Border Comedy, Lyn Heijinian writes:
I have busy ideas
Though sometimes they interfere, and then I can't see ceaselessly
Or read a book
Then logic (or what I use as such) rebels
And I want to wander on an ocean lifting
Great figures of fog lasciviously over me
As I verify the data that my senses provide and declare this paradise
A great idea
A transitory moment (as you will understand)
Though it certainly won't improve my reputation as a philosopher
I'll travel there to see the penguins
Huddled in the wind
Awaiting great unsettlements at the touch of light
Outstretched from the most unlikely quarters to help them to sea again

I find some of my usual pleasures of poetry lacking from this book, replaced by a different pleasure: watching an intelligent mind work through all sorts of ideas, sometimes foregrounded, sometimes backgrounded, but always at work. I think only this kind of poetry--book-length, ruminative, non-narrative--allows this kind of pleasure. It's so exciting.

UPDATE: My god, how many typos can I make in one posting?

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from: bullhead
date: Jan. 6th, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)

ooh! thanks for the recommendation. i love her my life. i saw her read once and she was amazingly warm and thoughtful.

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