Thursday, November 29, 2012

Aimless Reading: The W's, Part 22.1 (Philip Whalen)

Overtime
Whalen, Philip
Overtime: Selected Poems


Purchased at the discount bookstore in the Niagara Falls Outlet Mall, probably for about three dollars.

Hunh.

I think I just discovered why this book was being sold at the discount store. On page two hundred and fifty, the upper right corner of the page (on the gutter) is folded back towards the center. The poem on this page is called "Message." Here is the message:

                                                yesterday,
from sudden red lily
                                Amaryllis
                                                (Naked lady)
THE YEAR IS DYING
                                     leafless and red
                                                              bright as rhubarb
Uninvited lily
                                (what bulb so dim
                                                             what Dora so dumb
Not to see sun's heat
                                snow's white)
                         howling flower in my skull
                                                                                                              14-16:vii:73

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