Mudlark Poster No. 25 (2000)
Serving Up Cage by the Pound
Alexandra Yurkovsky has had
poems in CHIRON REVIEW, FISH
DRUM, and HQ (UK), among other magazines.
Her reviews have appeared in the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
SUNDAY BOOK REVIEW, EAST BAY EXPRESS, and
SF BAY GUARDIAN. She teaches piano.
Serving Up Cage by the Pound
(aka 'Homage to John Cage, via EP's Cantos I-LXV,' minus Canto XVII)
Then sat we amidships, wind Jamming the tiller
Under black fur-hood, lithe daughter of Ocean;
And the Buccentoro twenty yards off, Howling 'Stretti',
Choros Nympharum, goat-foot, with the pale
Ectaban, the Clock ticks and fades out
(Seventh of Poitiers, Ninth of Acquitain).
To Dante's 'ciocco,' brand stuck in the Game
Slanging Each other sous les lauriers:
To the effect: Did he think the campaign was a
And the pOor devils dying of cold, outside Sorano,
And he put us under the cHiefs,
And we sit here uNder the wall,
Kung walked by the dynastiC temple
The stench of wet coAl, politicians
the great scabrous arse-hole, shittinG flies,
And before hEll mouth; dry plain
Must give up their Jewels, and take this money in paper,
And they said: Oh, we can't have it,
The Viel Held close to his side;
As is said in Cosimo's red leather Note book. Di sugello.
ANd he said one thing: As it Costs,
Auto-chenille, destroy All bacteria in the kidney
but when you Get him back in Ferrara find out
1255 bE it enacted;
'And in any case get the Job done.
One man is dead, and another has rotted his end Off
Having made all things He cd
To Nicolo (ainé) Pitigliano
Compleynt, Compleynt I heard upon a day,
'I remember having written you while Congress sat at Annapolis,
le compte du Gouvernement... Monsieur Saint-Libin
and a single Emperor, equally arbitrary, bloody,
'Monsieur Adams,' said the Emperor, 'il ya cent ans que Je vous ai vu.'
So some subaltern gave the Order to fire
That is so proud He hath Love for a name
'Thou shalt Not,' said Martin Van Buren, 'jail 'em for debt.'
His Holiness expressed a polite Curiosity
as to how His Excellency had chased those
Spring overborne into summer
late into spring the leafy Autumn
'never Gather together
From the marshes, by Circeo, where no one Else
would have drained it.
2 Jan 1622
things, persons et Omnia alia juva
any peasant while He works with the same.
With usura hath No man a house of good stone
That day there was Cloud over Zoagli
And for three days snow cloud over the sea
The red flame going seaward.
By this gate Art thou measured.
is rather good at imitating the sergeant
Rain; Empty river; a voyage,
Leopold cut down the debt interest
and put the Jesuits out
and put end to the Inquisition
in Our eye.
And I have told you of how tHings were under Duke
Leopold in Siena
the FIVE grains, said Chin Nang, that are
wheat, rice millet, gros blé and chic peas
So that Tien-Tan Chose bulls, a thousand
And TCHUN the new Lord was dying
but Awoke to name Li-Chun his heir
SUNG died of levying taxes
Gimcracks, SUNG died under HOEI the slider
And Malacca came into our Empire,
Without asking what forces my action
you are, indeed, subJects of a great realm
De librO CHI-KING sic censeo
So the Jesuits brougHt in astronomy
his fourth soN, to honour his forebears
Acquit of evil intention
or inClination to perseverance in error
towArds sending of Ellsworth
To John's bro, the sherrif, we lay a kind of word
Jurors refusE to take oath
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