By bill bissett

1. how do poems work in general

listn 2 th pome  hot breths  is saying   wher n how it takes yu  n its layring 
uv thots colours  n nameing  touches   gathrs   n presents   n its vois  voices   sound  tone  rhythm  how  dew yu c n heer ths nite fall on 
yu n wher yu ar   what wud yu say abt it  condensd  sweeping
   intimate  politikul   th breth uv th pome  th life uv th pome   th innr n 
outtr
 shaping s uv th pome s
i dont think pomes work in anee way in general  tho a pome can elevate dsspell 
 change th topik  make sound  make vizual  make sens make unsens
  narrate  un narrate  fuse  make politikul  make visyunaree  make  spiritual 
make art  make found  make simultaneouslee  contradiktoree realms n
 parallell realms uv consciousness n uttrans  make dreem  make epik  make  minimalism  make trajektoree  xclamaysyuns  stillness  harbour 
 n raging seez  n ocean  make reel    take us sumwher els   take us within  
ourselvs  its selves  its pulsing  bodee  being   if a pome starts 2 cum 2 yu  
       let it 
    n follow it  how it goes  weevs  n travls thru yr being  langwage centrs ar 
all ovr th bodee  n run m.c.escher
     like thru th brain  also chagal  like  also morriseau like also in
    sum lites rembrant  n in skulptur  louise nevelson  barbara
 hepworth  sew th bodee uv th pome  n following its thred s cummin 2 yu 
 thru yu  
has mass    spirit   add in  add ons  take aways  conversaysyunal vois s  
  lyrik voices  yerning   presens   kreetshurs
            n demons  sylabuls  nouns  adjektivs   gertrude stein  poetree is
   making love 2 nouns  n prose is making love 2 verbs   john keats sd  
a thing uv beautee is a joy 4evr  n that is all yu know  n all yu
             need 2 kno    a pome entrs yu  develops within yu  envelops yu 4
 a whil  finds itself  thru yu like a prson  yu speek it   n th thredding takes yu  
     lives thru yu  4 a whil  til its dun  sumtimes reel life  sumtimes imaginativ
        sumtimes th layring palimpsesting thruout its bodee  agreements uv
 sound n sound s objekts  nouns  colours  jestures  tropes
          carree 4ward its enerjee s  ar its enerjeez  n yu follow it  write it  trans
   kribe it   wev onlee bin dewing ths 4 thousand plus sum yeers  thats creativ
 writtn langwage  langwage itself  originalee piktographik was ledgers   how 
manee bushels  uv what  or how manee what wer in th warehous   thn a veree 
   long time aftr creativ writing startid   sew in writing poetree we ar dewing
 a fairlee recent thing  aktivitee  but th original sours uv writing  taking stock
 supples th binaree naytur uv langwage n its influenses on ourselvs that in
 creativ writing n nu uses uv creativ writing langwage we now oftn try 2 get
 byond  n find n unkovr say 
    th image in th word  in th lettr  th pickshur in th shape  th image  n ovrlayze 
   sew ideas n feeling can b suggestid simultaneouslee  as whitman sd  make
     it nu   n as ginsberg sd  first thot best thot  reed evreebode yu can from
 evreewher n that will help yu n yr writing   at nite fall yu can c n feel a ball uv 
     dreems rolling thru th darkning sky n hills uv snow laying out how that 
smtimes brite blu ball uv dreems affekts
          evreewun  as th pome  is  n duz  n smiles with yr dreeming  
    n what yu write abt  th current war  n yr
           lost love s  n deftlee found    th pome can
               tell abt  as nothing els can

2. how should the particular kind of poem work – the particular kind of poem  the particular kind of poet

with poetree n poets  like a lot uv things in life  n living th word  shud  dusint apply veree much   a pafrtikular kind uv pome in being that kind  whatevr kind  bcums itself selves whn 
it speeks 2  us  or is 2 us  n with us  n lets us in2 it self selvs   make conversaysyunal vois  
 an epik declama toree vois  a lyrik vois   sew manee voices  oftn a dstilaysyun   a burnish ing   a hghr talk  high prsuaysyun  being  bcumming  jestyur  trope    sumtimes reel partikulars on th ground     in th air  in our self selves   longings  n realizasyuns   n wher dew thees clustrs  figuraysyuns   gestalts cum from  thees meditaysyuns  on evreething critcizing e  upholding  qwestyuning  desiring 
 abstrakting  asking  evreething  abt behavyur s   ambishyuns  analyses   all th makings uv art  
 erth  climate  change   love  cultural arrangements  our evolushyuns  th drawings  all th various
 paradigms uv consciousness  poetree can reflekt on evreething  n aneeething  th thrust n futilitee uv powr   th importans uv dsappointment sew manee theems  sew manee out bursts  presences a sound pome say needs sound as its main assemblages attributes at xpressyun  lava igniting  artikulating  a torrent uv sound s   dsrupting n assuaging th silence s    interrupting th habituating routeen  make yr own sounds  entr that realm   franco cortese  th vizual pome let it b vizual  not  onlee th pome in squares n rektanguls  with left hand margin being th spine  what we projekt from  ourselvs on 2 what we create  th hands uv th pome  its lips    minds  mouth helping 2 shape its out pourings  shapes

3. how does one know – the poem one is attempting to write that poem is there in the first place {and it’s not the ghost of the pome} or the ghost of another poem that the poet is being led to write

as whitney houston sang first  a few decades ago how dew i know  is qwestyun peopul have 
bin asking sins creativ writtn langwage bgan n b4 whn it was oral  n th transisyun from oral 2 writtn 
 how dew i know   i think it tells us  n a littul ghosting can go a long way  but th pome knows 2 say  
2 tell us   if we heer n c th pome telling   whethr its a great or wundrful pome  gives food 4 thot or is 
th thor n th food  th pome will evenshulee or immediatelee tell us   2 heer 4 it saying  being n bcum
ming  n telling   ther ar ghosts in th pome as ther ar ghosts in th masheen  ghosts uv othr pomes
by othr poets  by outselvs  as margaret avison sd  let them all in  she ment all othr peopul but she
                  cud b saying ghosts can b peopul  can b prsonae in th pome s   i met a prson ystrday who peopul
                  sd was a ghost  he may have bin  n i put him in a pome   th prson likes it ther   its a dwelling place
                  as bob dylan sz  sheltr from th storm  n a pome sumtimes is that   its a bundul  uv reel toads in
                  imaginaree gardns as marianne moore sd uv poetree  n shows us thru th darkness  n what a lovlee
                  flame it makes  as edna st vincent milay sd  sew if thers a gathring uv ghosts in yr pome let them gathr
                  c what happns  yu can shed thos xtra skins latr or enjoy support th layring palimpsesting uv skins
                  n layrs uv consciousness ghosts oftn bring or leev bhind in th pome  yr pomes  n pomes uv direkt
                  conversaysyunal speech  ther can b much poetree ther as well   mostlee yu find out what th pome
                  yu ar writing is by writing them   n yu will know as yu find out in th writing

4. what is generally speaking a good place to rest a pome

generalee speeking a pome rests whn it stops  sumtimes thers mor  let in cum in n c n feel th mor  
 n whethr it stays  or its alredee dun enuff  yu will probablee reelee know   yu reelee know a pome rests
                   whn it stops  is finishd  it will know  n let yu in on it  with yu n thru yu  th vois uv th pome   prformans 
                   poetree  conveys combines  sound poetree with an xplosyun uv kritikul  cultural prsonal jestures
                   tropes  n yu can go veree far with ths poetik as well  adeena karasick  salome woman of valour
                   with all thees metier genre yu can go farthr thn aneething  narrativ  non narrativ  lyrik  sexual
                   metaphysical  spiritual  politikul  song  chanting   thers nothing yu cant dew   go with it  as th pome
                   howevr its saying 2 yu  urging yu  letting yu in    as yu ar going with it   th pome reveeling mor n
                mor layrings   atmospherik non narrativ  brian dedora  vizual poetree xpertise judith copithorne
               hart broudy   eric schmaltz   kate siklosi   jim andrews  gary barwin  daniel f. bradley  noir-z   sew manee
          wayze   all wayze   n sumtimes   is th pome evr finishd
       sew manee approaches  sew manee word artists   sum intimate   sum deklamatoree   stedmond pardy
        milton acorn   george eliot clarke  have all deklamatoree approaches  n also intimate  recommendaysyun
        4  close up love   btween peopul   stephen roxborough  honey novick poet singr  all thees wundrful peopul 2   
            reed daphne marlatt  how manee wayze we caneach write    othrs  sew quiet  most uv th time sew manee 
             wayze 2 b ther   cathy ford  lillian allen  sew manee wundrful writrs 2 reed mona fertig  maxine gadd
          resident in th resonans   uv being  bcumming  all th word we live inside   convey   thers no shud in
            almost evreething  espeshulee in writing  potatos  red pepprs ribs n shrooms  th pome will find  yu
       n take yu   evreewher  linda rogers  toshio ushiroguchi-pigott  robert hogg  n yu n what yu ar writing now 
     n sum pomes yu reed sew manee yu nevr 4get   michael ondaatjes  th cinnamon peelers whife  n chad
        juriansz  notes from a journey    helen posnos  watr from th well  robert boates  cataract of the mind
        n naomi henrikje laufers  putting angels to bed    wrap yrself in a lettr   drawing around n thru it
        c th image inside it   breedthing   all th alphabets   writing what yr lerning  n unlerning  states uv
         consciousness  on th moov  breething thru naytur  being  n yu  bcumming  yerning n  b

5. what is generally speeking a good time 2 look at the poem agen?

addenda     ths pome ocurrd ovr 3 dayze  n it may go 4 mor  i dont know yet
          th beginning was writtn  as it happend  n not co insident with th ghost qwestyun
           but bgun b4 n thn th frends saying   reg had bin buried a few months ago
        n that part uv th pome came on th 2nd day  n th last lines  arrivd 2day  pomes
             dont alwayze play that way with me   going back 2 chek on how a pome is
       growing  espeshulee i had felt th pome needid mor  n thn agen  th 2nd time
         i addid  frends sd th ghost thing n th 3rd line abt putin  came most recentlee    
       sew iul leev it 4 a few dayze  n chek back   sew evree pome is diffrent n grows
           diffrentlee   but i think ths pome has sum substans wch i think th first versyun
         didint seem 2 have sew much  sew iul c what happns next  yes   process yes
           evree pome is diffrent  with growing  changing  processing  th ghosts  in our
         own minds n othrs  n its all  going  on  n going  n th qwestyun  ar our own
         memoreez n our ideas uv self selves  ghost we projekt on2 life  othrs  ibsens
           ghosts   hedd gabler cudint get ovr her own xpektaysyuns   can we  ar we
         all living partlee in th past   duz that accreysyun uv karma  create us  as palimp
          sesting as we ar
ther was sumwun hovring around on th deck

 i was looking up at    he was peering in  strange wiree moovs
 long white hair  partlee bald  looking n  weeving in th kold wintr
    wind  i got up from my mac air  went 2 th window door  askd
 what ar yu looking 4   ium looking 4  thees peopul who want 2
  moov   well me i sd ium alredee moovd  i dont need mor mooving
     what wer theyr names    i didint reelee get theyr names he sd
   wher dew they live i askd   he sd they live at th back uv ths
    bldg thats what they told me   dew yu know wch apt i askd
     no he sd i didint get that eithr  thers anothr apt  ovr ther 
   on th lane   ok iul look he sd  n thers ths wun next door i sd
    me hopeing they wud moov  we all ar  they skreem at each
    othr sew much   theyr verbal violens sew deeplee upsetting

  whats yr name i askd  reg he sd   mines bill i sd  n he lookd
    like he knew   sew yr a moovr i askd  yes he sd   can yu moov
  us closr 2  spring    iul dew my best  he sd  wavring n weeving
  off thru th parking lot  n in2 th dstans   nevr looking at th othr
    apartment doors  

   what was he lookin at   was it alredee inside him  eeting him
     2 frends sd he was a ghost  he had gone 2 spirit months ago   n
      ths 200 yeer old building is defintlee hauntid   i wunderd whos
    a ghost  n or meerlee ghostlee  n whos not hauntid  sumtimes
       th memoreez we selekt 2 guide  us  drive  us  ar they free
    range  or carnivor  dew we want life 2 remind us  or renu us

    n speeking uv almost aneething wch is wch   as putin is drivn
      by out datid  ideaz  th worn out ideas uv kompleet oligarhik empire
        powr   a ghost in his own killing masheen   lets find out  if hes
       a ghost apparishyun   or not   thers at leest wun way 2 kno
  ther was sumwun strange hovring around on th deck

 i was looking up at    he was peering in  strange wiree moovs
 long white hair  partlee bald  looking n  weeving in th kold wintr
    wind  i got up from my mac air  went 2 th window door  askd
 what ar yu looking 4   ium looking 4  thees peopul who want 2
  moov   well me i sd ium alredee moovd  i dont need mor mooving
   now  what wer theyr names    i didint reelee get theyr names he sd

   wher dew they live i askd   he sd they live at th back uv ths
    bldg thats what they told me   dew yu know wch apt i askd
     no he sd i didint get that eithr  thers anothr apt  ovr ther 
   on th lane   ok iul look he sd  n thers ths wun next door i sd
    me hopeing they wud moov  we all ar  they skreem at each
    othr sew much   theyr verbal violens sew deeplee upsetting
        4 evreewun who heers them   she yelling yu fukan asshole
     he skreeming look what yr dewing 2 me   yr killing me   
     
  whats yr name i askd  reg he sd   mines bill i sd  n he lookd
    like he knew   sew yr a moovr i askd  yes he sd   can yu moov
  us closr 2  spring    iul dew my best  he sd  wavring n weeving
  off thru th parking lot  n in2 th dstans   nevr looking at th othr
    apartment doors 

   what was he lookin at   was it alredee inside him  eeting him
     2 frends sd he was a ghost  he had gone 2 spirit months ago   n
      ths 200 yeer old building is defintlee hauntid   i wunderd whos
    a ghost  n or meerlee ghostlee  n whos not hauntid  sumtimes
       th memoreez we selekt 2 guide  us  drive  us  ar they free
    range  or carnivor  or what carnival  dew we want life 2 remind 
            us  or renu us

    n speeking uv almost aneething wch is wch   as putin is drivn
      by out datid  ideaz  th worn out ideas uv kompleet oligarhik empire
        powr   a ghost in his own killing masheen   lets find out  if hes
       a ghost apparishyun   or not   thers at leest wun way 2 kno

          a toilet bowl set 2 xplode  whn putin sits on it   smellee but
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compiled & 4mattid by anthony beaulé

Author Bio

originakee from lunaria still hopeing 2 undrstand erthling wayze love sound n vizual poetree n all approaches 2 writing n painting n drawing love th pickshur in th lettr n th lettr in th image n th sounds uv th stroke vizualee n audatorialee emenating in all arrangementz n direksyuns wanting 2 escape from th tyranee uv grammar n meening nu books lip poetree uv franco cortese with my drawing illustraysyuns 4 his work from penteract press n b r e t h / th trees uv lunaria from talonbooks i want to tell you love with milton acorn from university of calgary press eric schmaltz ed n spring 22 its th sailors life / still in treetment meditaysyuns from gold mountain from talonbooks n nu cd stars with pete dako on bandcamp. a direktir n secretaree tresurer uv th secret handshake