707 Scott Street: The Journal of John Wieners (Sun & Moon by John Wieners

By John Wieners

San Francisco 1958-9, prefaces via L Warsh & F Howe

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Redwood Highway. Where man is going now, who knows. The earth no longer need be his home. M"yb. this means the end of the old world. And man, on the minutest of planets may and can range thru all of space. To the very frontiers, limits, barriers of outer wodds. Luclcy Drive. End construction project. With what frightening 67 speed we move ahead. This must be necessary: Paradise Drive. The children are quieting down now. The witch drives her old Chevrolet, her long black hair blowing out the window.

That I do it. Am the mover and the moved. Red drapes in the open window King Solomon and his magic wand to hear her move in the room, she breathes like a verb, folding clothes against her belly, brushing the arms of her coat. Not a cat but woman. Hidden secret from me before I watch them unravel their world, bending before the beloved objects in them. The poem demands a degree of attention that drugs, because they slacken one, deter one from the poem. I feel not at my maximum At least po'wers. Although a breadth, a dimension is given one that is almost, or not, but irresistible.

Now does that make sense? I could clarify and rationalize. Make it clear. Shit. But something forbids it, in fact by dwelling on it I know I lose some powers of the present, allowing myself to doubt the authoriry. And stay away from subject matters. And be abstract. Deal with words as if they were hunks of letters without meaning. I can no more use them as dead things divorced from the blood ofour desire 88 ber heel. Oh heroine /// The words reveal themselves and place our actions, reveal our actions by our words.

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