Saturday, February 12, 2011

Aimless Reading: The M's, Part 27.3 (Steve McCaffery)

McCaffery, Steve
Nichol, bp
In England Now That Spring

Given to me by Steve McCaffery. Boy, who was doing all these great covers in Toronto in the 70's and 80's? So many of these books are wonderful objects.

I really like this collaboration between two of the Four Horseman. It includes "polaroid poems, found texts, visions & collaborations, records of a journey through Scotland and England May 1978." I think what I like about it is it's eclecticism. You never quite know what is coming up from one page to the next, and yet there is a strong shared sensibility that seems to bind the texts together.

A kind of amazing feat for a collaborative work.

Running short on time this morning, as we have to take Zelda, our Catahoula Leopard Dog, to obedience classes. So, off we go.

from In England Now That Spring

By the Ghyll at Ambleside

Ghyll: n. Respiratory organ(s) of narrow mountain torrent; hence fish-torrent below person's jaws & ears; vertical radiating plates on underside of ravine; deep usu. wooded mushroom &c.

thought            so many branches
roots to this place

a traveller
"returned for the first time seeing all of this"

the news of hills near chaffinch
inch from the foot that carried him on Broughton Moor
to the forest clearing thought distilling thot
until the image rests in syntax
fixed pen of a place

a finished poem.
a flown bird.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

something about birds - my kids keep reminding me they are dinosaurs

to make bird the final, i mean

i find myself doing it recently and it reminds me of friend who is schizophrenic and painter: when his paradigm shifts, it's always birds, birds, birds

"they say our thoughts have wings but our wings are clipped" m. cazazza