Mudlark No. 22 (2003)
Biography As In Syntax
The Babble Poems
by Jeffrey Little
Jeffrey Little is the author of THE HOTEL STERNO as well as the newly released THE BOOK OF ARCANA (tomorrows stone-age cosmology today) both of which are published by Spout Press, Minneapolis, MN, and are availble directly through Spout at SpoutPress.com as well as Amazon.com. For the last decade or so hes been throwing his poetry at folks in the hope that some of it might actually wad up just right and stick. Some of it actually has, at EXQUISITE CORPSE, SHATTERED WIG, COLUMBIA POETRY REVIEW, KIOSK, FUORI, SPOUT, SWERVE, JUXTA, PAINTED BRIDE QUARTERLY, MUSE-APPRENTICE-GUILD.COM, THE-HOLD.COM and LOST & FOUND TIMES. Hes the author of CRAYOLA IN ARCANA, also known as MUDLARK NO. 15 (2000), and a number of other chapbooks including BUCKSHOT & SAMMY DAVIS: A LANDSCAPE OF TUBAS (Undulating Bedsheets Productions, Los Angeles, CA), THE GAME SHOW YEARS (Shattered Wig Press, Baltimore, MD), and in collaboration with Jim Leftwich, GNOMMONCLATURE (Luna Bisonte Prods, Columbus, OH). He was also a Delaware Division of the Arts Poetry Fellow in 2001. Go figure.
As a means of introduction, the following poems were written in collaboration with the BABBLE text generator. They are, shall we say, text-generator-assisted. Without getting into too much detail, what I did was highlight sections from various encyclopedia entries & import them into the generator, as well as some of my own riffings. From there I morphed lines, phrases, & sometimes lifted as is output from the generator & then pasted this raw data into a new document which formed the notes for each poem. At this point the generator was out of the mix, & it was just me and the notes & the pitch for a poem. Sometimes the encyclopedia selection was related to the biography in question, but more often than not it was simply something I was interested in, or thought would be interesting, or odd, or difficult to pull off. But thats enough prattle, its half-past the how, & these folks need to try to walk on their own.
For Karoline Wileczek, Meredith Poppy Little, my folks Jackie & Benny Little, & the whole extended loopy Little clan. Much thanks to Spout Press, the Fuori Collective (publisher of a couple of these pieces), Muse-Apprentice-Guild.com (ditto) & the Delaware Division of the Arts, & of course, to William Slaughter, for his encouragement, his ideas, & his forum.
The Gnostic Texts of Mother Jones, was Mother Jones, The World and What To Do
The Gnostic Texts of Mother Jones,
Even in the radio she did not disappear, there was the fiery speech to the waves
There she spoke and there she seemed to explode into larger units.
She was Mother Jones.
Im not a tent colony in the structural complexity of all agitators,
The material universe. Gravitation is the empire and the energy
and Capitalism needs a Vedic correspondence.
First, the animal power in the Divine Being fell from this transcendent realm
The modern working class began to replace human bodies.
To substantiate their claim, a complicated mythology. Economic activity as the outward
Gnostics develop when public bodies are privately owned. Mother Jones and the idea
The electric light that she was in the sweeping transformations
of the weakest, with families of brooms and farmers who created the structural
A Singing Over the Stone Age:
Who could have guessed the walls the Toolmakers would apply to the idea of Santeria?
The Stone Age traced the modern witch without respect to the whey, a puritan icon
Technology means ovens and mysterious spells means plants, hardened to stone.
The defiance of Sarah Good increased geometrically around the heat of hearth.
An essential condition of technological change has developed according to the historical
Industrial civilization is essentially a primitive plowstick, while historians,
Trance-less states and an innocent woman there where we turned from Sarah Good.
Sarah Good hanged in Salem with the identity of the apparition, for planting, falling,
nights there and she was as the ground regarding the earliest singings of a spectral more.
When the Open is No Other
Naked the rails opened up into out to silver the possibilities of Harriet Tubman.
The third eye wears the reason why: They wont come home.
Where else is there is there to run when the open there is no other?
There. Running and finding that the question itself is a coalition of the light.
The called and passages foretold of ones west was unafraid of the iron door,
To be a lamp, the going go.
(That a body vanished could climb down the rails and now back around
Beneath everything else there is the railroad, a running and a finding, the railroad.
The belly of it all away there beside the sorrows and in this belly a lighted room.
The Soap Bubble and The Unidentified Flying Object:
To the caliphates of wood pulp, Crazy Horse seen in the air was especially considerable.
Those same caliphates of what are now called conversion reactions and the gropings
Most scientists grant that UFOs are memorial gardens with niches where
Crazy Horse took one look at the fumes & said Chowder, Torque, and Yarns,
A soap bubble was taken away to make the United States.
The force is applied force multiplied by such as to sever mental dissociation.
Today there are memorial gardens with arsenic and sulfur as it was practiced during
Crazy Horse seen in the bleach, seen in the eyes and fumes of the furnaces, to the sky
Their source: the battle began with a soap bubble.
Custer took one look at the stumbling block. It was the stumbling block.
Crazy Horse standing over the scientific method of the bugler made a UFO in his eye.
Custer took a look at the sky. A fully convincing photo has yet to be taken of the dead.
Circles of Anne Hutchinson Source the Thorn
Anne Hutchinson knew the secret purpose of transparent polyester, and it was not good.
She organized the women of Boston using a lodestone known since the ancient alphabet,
The earth itself behaves like a single cell,
an amulet augmenting the growth of certain sounds.
Circles, and seeds, and civilizations exist, all these cells have escaped
The phenomenon of insecticide and the magnetism of what was said.
The circle stretched around Anne Hutchinson, transparent, it called to when to when
When Alice Paul Changed The Floor
The city of never-now before it arrived was Alice Paul standing
The ushers watch me, and this is not enough trouble.
What she did. Here are two big red boats.
The Teacher, the World.
What Alice Paul undid to done.
The movement could guess at dirt could guess this dirt was a valley in stone.
Alice Paul standing, the bridge reads:
When Alice Paul Changed The Floor.
Corners carried through the land of the door before crossing an empty hall.
What holds the sun is going to her the secret ingredient in stone and then
She says nothing if not but the body of never, now.
Alice Paul keeping watch over the winter once when Alice Paul changed the if of Ice.
You can always go and see the sun again and call for the ear that just wont go home,
I see me...
When Alice Paul done changed to more.
John Brown, of Water, Assembles a Small Band of Clouds
The Project was full of passages, with a small, clean, climbable pit that made
Brown was born entailing many: rough stone, the dome
of the evening as it sat stranded in Missouri where he united the fire within
what is what he was born in essence and in the end
His family moved to revamp this rain including once human the color of freedom.
John Brown secretly recruited a small band of clouds
Congratulations! Water. Seizing the area, at Osawatomie itself a tree.
Treason is as ever a theory of struggles between the Tears and Brown began to end
While living he had long entertained the jagged roof of the martyrs fourteen
This is what is i guess is i said is was in the throat
in Kansas, in Ohio, along with the Owls the sun sent from Osawatomie to free the flood.
The Returning of Margaret Mead, A Transmigration
In primitive societies, water is called a fissure, and animism refers to the vital principle
Margaret Mead took a spring on a stroll through the midnight vapors in an attempt
The rain has no visible current, no sexual behavior, it has soaked into plants,
Ancestors are gravity springs used for organic development. Or, Integrate the dead
The violet. The perception.
The storage of a nonmaterial entity that nevertheless interacts with sound.
Classified according to the gut, the path of a pitch is moving. For Margaret Mead,
She calculated the pollution and the red shift in the tendons of possession,
it knew something she needed to know. The way of the grass and of the vines,
She found that what she really wanted was an animistic philosophy developed
some organic authority without crouching to discover a mechanical answer in the eye.
The Larger, The Smaller:
To obey a reflection is psychological, and oscillating. This is everywhere.
Leaving only the men to dress in dogs.
It is psychological and exists in the wrong impression, an outer garment sewn
grow a long beard,
they are both composed of sacred works.
An atom does not keep saying so to answer all the charges against it. An atom
Do not appeal to be windblown because you will get lost in the society of something
The drain into an electron is very small
To see it is to see the perpetual torment of those who believe the universe
Feynman said theres only one person in the screwy wearing of these equations who
Trust the Stone Age: Karen Horney (as Hybrid)
Lumber comes from Egypt a-haunted, and suddenly vertigo saw itself as the goof.
She didnt know why so it was time. Trust the stone age but recognize
The blue waking trembled in the basic equality of chemistry, the blue
More in the inside of an inside of the catch for us all lived. New faith, for example.
The Queen of Scots baked a ripe hog, people, and this little piggy
Theyre tapping the Clock for fines.
Again the first sacks drifted, as oceans or courtship patterns, and special fishponds
She could listen to the ceiling which was the book that made a secure table sandy
Evolutionary change in keeping with the largest and truly terrified
hybrid vigor and the panic syndrome
once people were in the air they could occur.
(Lumber in this reception preached to the largest number sweating the western world.)
Sympton Six of Doubt: Karl Jaspers
He craned his neck out into the hall to the cry of rubber gloves carrying
Karl Jaspers, you wear the air, and the only exit is too short even for you.
All cork and cautious drink. They werent fooling him.
Last week he fell right at the room near both a low window in a moment later.
Its the everything. He could hear it. Sympton Six of Doubt.
The rock glowing to an icy anger was much smarter than an egg white when finally
One two three. So we say nothing because the bread wont thin the North none.
Where am I at and why should I remember why Karl Jaspers sighs?
The question hangs itself a shroud. We move by numbers.
There, beside the arm, without bending in, what else is there without bending in?
We dont know again, so we dont know again, one two three.
The Emulsion of Lise Meitner
There are equations in a cactus crystals suspended in the impossible purpose
What is exposed to find the world? What failure would stretch them?
The inevitable was to know it all for 74 minutes, in the thorax, which is a tiny
questions afraid of the gelatin and questions modified in the moment.
She too worked in the moment but with a thin layer of other
Hollow days sweating the possibility of veins for the essential ingredient in the stacks.
Lise Meitner spent her days worrying that the Aztecs were an eagle eating a race
She understood that the uncertainty of their ritual for reproduction involved the right
Martin Buber and The One Wildly Waving Hand
And one wildly waving hand reaching for the crooked house that he wants something
And the ducks and you are in,
in a new longing, lodging, inn
and the water in water!
That the awkward canyon leads, then, into writing into
Martin Buber. The makers of these Shadowy Figures can be almost as you cannot see.
Susan Sontag: The Blue Fog Bad
A fiddler, forming the crowd, is a juggler asking questions. Chemistry can be seen
Susan Sontag knew she was a winding staircase so she moved from attempts to direct
She was widespread. She was being ignored.
The open air is but freely bent, the open air is but a chain, arranged like a ropedancer
Wild animal shows, like DNA, carry instructions. Susan Sontag became aware
DNA is organized on the bandy arms of the fiddler linked together to form a tent.
In forms of life and street parades and in turn introduced to the town. She saw
Kali: An Obsession with No Resemblance to the Stars
In the world of the Prophets the women danced on their heads and it was known
Kali opened up a flower and the little girl was not afraid. She bore no
Like a petrochemical she survived the small treasures, and the moon.
The huts built would seem to the site and took them to provide.
Kali found the south of all. The whole lot. All day a-crawl with the stars.
There the waters of small women planted rice in the air until it all came to nought.
Past midnight, the Kanawha Valley at past midnight, people took them to court
Kali balanced the result like a pagoda. She left before they became the mountains.
The Ten Tribes of Robert Johnson
The strength of particles called Time on typical stars appears to be prehistoric,
Some taboos travel by goat, some by The Voice of Space.
This account has forced the forbidden items to travel by assimilation.
The stellar wind is of an African river valley many of whose members
Robert Johnson bent notes into Tribes, into a semblance of Palestine,
Within the traveling axis is a utopian existence its distant, and South American.
From the authority of caste come prohibitions against the night
He recited an epic poem with a relative change in the point of view in that
The fact that stars are concerned with the time on other stars cannot be directly observed.
Three months, and the moons of Robert Johnson South America by goat or car.
Gertrude Stein and The Blitz Undone Over 39 Feet Away
Gertrude Stein whos lived most everywhere tingles the the bell tower the blitz undone.
The staircase, the floor, yards of rollerball when house cousins
Her south is a tale of what was once a maze of midgets.
Perhaps you are a tale of matching bookends
The bell tower loves to lose control.
Almost as night and theyre a gin of white and Gertrude Stein, the center
shockings most concur. Their house, for you, indistinctly visible, over 39 feet away.
Encrypted, The Unpredictable Carom of Aimé Césaire
Colonial organization finally knuckled under and Aimé Césaire walked through a fractal
Early on in the evolution of vertebrates priests would tend toward infinite length,
Césaire saw this work as a reduced-scale replica of dimension:
If the carom is unpredictable, then there is little not to understand.
He did not reflect the West Indies simply to protect some dictatorial sense of sleep,
Fractals associate themselves with distant neighbors hidden in ancient societies
Aimé Césaire walked through the world to write smoke signals
Eva Hesse Fiddling-Steam Organic Recollection
Eva Hesse recollection of Hearts called it raw.
You used to kiss her kimono for your shoes of pittsburgh and potsdam pure.
Eva Hesse recollection of fear congealed into a childs head
Hello? I went to her fiddling with blood. Hello?
Carolina the bed, Carolina the room broke
That the noise of the City of the clock that rail like the water to her eyes.
She turned toward the mouse organic in the kitchen door for a cry
where she collided with the clock
struck who wouldnt once say to her cough
Ive got a month!
Eva Hesse recollection of soap.
Eva Hesse all over all-all lived together again
to bob about potsdam and potsdam and pittsburgh nothing but right after me to go onhome, where she twisted alone in the muscles of the steam.
Toshinori Kondo and The Trumpet of a Thousand Spines
An algorithm in the meat house all possible curved surfaces in the new religion.
These basins became so high that sedges and grasses soon retreated
The edges. Networks of winding tunnels both and the dripstone may be drawn.
In the time of tellers it was Toshinori Kondo who woke the dusky red and brown
Kondo walked in the other world and out, something of the mud of mathematical
(Films vary as to the circle, only the lungs were reversed. Priests would stretch them.)
A few great shrines, chiseled by non-Euclideans, Toshinori Kondos methods involved
Another calendar was a trail
floating a mat over bogs quaking decomposed to learn
at the edge of the theory of edge center.
Astronomys alabaster drainage flanked by the chemistry of moss. It sheds its outer coat
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