Monday, October 26, 2009

Aimless Reading: The D's, Part 44 (Marcella Durand)


Area
Originally uploaded by Michael_Kelleher
Durand, Marcella
Area


Got this in the mail fairly recently from the fabulous Erika Kaufman, publisher of Belladonna Books. Sadly, I haven't read it yet. I've met Marcella a couple of times. She really helped me out a few years back when I wanted to bring John Ashbery to Buffalo. She worked as his assistant and so helped me contact him and put together a trip to the Queen City to read at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. I remember calling her up at John Ashbery's apartment and smiling to myself when she cheerfully answered, "The Ashberys."

botanic

it takes a color to lift the eyes
like finding something "pure"
a field of verveine perhaps, if that's possible
if it were, I would write away for it
yellow stretches to the horizon
stretches as if it had started from a concentrated area centralis
in the domesticated breeds, that center of ganglions allows a certain kind of vision
unlike a horizontal "stripe" of nerves better for long-distance hunting
maybe that's what aligns us with the far edge of the horizon
and allows us to see what sort of sea is there
like we know what kind of retina we possess
where our ganglion-bundles are, that might "limit" us
as if we weren't that horizon over the other horizon
writing away from the edge toward another edge
a strip meting another stripe
that sense of falling off--or shearing away
a yellow like no other yellow; it's still water
and a plant, pollinating in sunshine
something passes by and throws a shadow

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