Friday, October 1, 2010

Aimless Reading: The K's, Part 7 (Velimir Khlebnikov)


Selected Poems
Originally uploaded by Michael_Kelleher
Khlebnikov, Velimir
Selected Poems


Purchased at Rust Belt Books.

Getting ready to head to Rochester this afternoon for the Black Mountain North Symposium. Looking forward to seeing my pal, The Literary Outlaw Richard Deming, this afternoon. I am on a panel tomorrow morning called, "Creeley's Buffalo," along with Kaplan Harris and Margaret Konkol and possibly Penelope Creeley, who may or may not be able to make it due to the sad and untimely passing of Michael Gizzi. I am also giving a short reading as part of the conference tomorrow night.

It sure does get busy this time of year. Monday night I am leading the Babel at Betty's Discussion on V.S. Naipaul's A House for Mr. Biswas. Thursday, I head to Gloucester for the Olson Centennial, where I am reading on Friday night. Week after that brings another Olson event here in Buffalo for three days, followed the week after that by V.S Naipaul's visit and then another Big Night -- and those are just the events I have to go to.

Phew. Good thing the dog has made me start waking up early so I can get some work done.

from Selected Poems

Who?

The guy
with the elephant neck
and enormous awkward easy honest ears,
with his lip curled down on the words, "That's that!"
sticks out the iron chine
of a leader of men, pushes his way out, breaks out, flies out!
A pilot who laughs
as his plane cracks up in midair
and the gloom of the universe glitters
like an iron bird exploding with laughter.
A soft, tender lip, a pouting lip,
a hulk, a hero with five-foot shoulders--
Who is he?
What he does is, over and over,
with a voice that sounds like a smile,
he strikes the blazing match of his with
on the sole of stupidity's shoe.

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