Saturday, 19 January 2013

Zanzotto: Graphemes

Desire asserts letters against the sky
desperate for direction, to direct

Epsilon and Company haunt space
refigure buildings, make big claims

Barricade babel from incomprehension
outward facing they keep eyes appealing

Never an alphabet in sequence
but the rummage of desire and law

Image of proud grammars
small mark-particles of survival

From western plains and southern waters
the air enlivens

Refreshes cleanses clears
this city with a name and genome

Even the miles of speckled adverts
speculations, spectacular particulars

Winds past the minitalks of say
hoardings streetsigns shopping centres

Wind of soft insistence,
tender to prodding plants and water surfaces

Processes the oxygen eating
prolongs preserves private breath

Renders lettering frail
inconsequential amidst the progress of seasons

Only it is human activity elevates
million million letters to themselves alone

Emphasis dried in the sun
waiting for rain to turn words pastel

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