Gary Barwin: Six sonnets

1

the body
like any cell
an inside
an out

said
any story
inside and
an o ut

I fly with
youMark
. . . I
sing

my body
an arrow
an arrow
a mark

air fireearth
earth water fire air

2

tell
. . .
tell
mmmnn

mnnn
. . .
mnnnn
nnnn

[the joke about Clemency]
. . .n nnn
. . .hhh. . .hh
nnmm nnn

Mark Twain named. . .
rod. . . . . .mark twain

3

give
. . . no
give
. . .

names
. . .
. . .
names

. . .
your body
electric
[heh heh] & despair

which is nameless
begs for name

4

Mark Twain
Mark Twain
arrow
. . .

ghost of
Mark Twain
ghost
Mark Twain

arrow
. . .
arrow
. . . sorrow

the damn arrow
. . . ghost of Mark Twain

5

where was I?
awake?
some kind of river
some kind of not saying anything

no more
tell
. . .
tell

or else
. . .
—or what?
let’s say. . .

loved often
has cost

6

Mark Twain named. . .
rod dipped. . . mark twain
arrow a tongue
wasn’t involved

ghosts
I wasn’t there
. . . rest of the city
ghosts

finished high school
those named Mark Twain
went round naming
then arrow

through the eye
. . . head


I feel, well, actually Kevin feels, that it isn’t proper for me to write my own biography the way I wrote his/mine. But he doesn’t live in Hamilton, Ontario, and he may or not be a poetical fictionary and melted media person(na) vispore. Lunch may not be wrapsodamancy or else it may be lunar primate kayak at garybariwm.com (misspelled, but with appropriate copyediting it can be found).

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