By Larissa Lai
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Adam and Eve knew such perfection once,
God's finger within the cloud, and at the ground
Nothing yet springtime, not anything else at all.
But in our fallen nation the place the blood hunts
For blood, and rises on the looking sound,
What can we comprehend of lasting because the fall?
Who has no longer, within the oil and warmth of youth,
Thought of the flourishing of the almond tree,
The grasshopper, and the failing of desire,
And suggestion his tongue may pierce the secrecy
Of the six-pointed starlight, and can choir
A secret-voweled, unutterable truth?
--from "A Poem for Julia"
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Old pioneer, Jonathan Edwards, did you stop off here where marsh-birds skittered, and a longboat put its weed-grown bones to pasture at the foot of Beacon, close on Charles Street? And see then, already sick with glut, this hill of men? And even there, see God? And in this marsh, and in the wood beyond, grace of a harsh God? And in these crabbed streets, unto the midmire of them, God? Old Soul, you said you did. 2 Jack Spicer Says There Is No Witchcraft in Boston What’s with the shrub rubbish? I’d say it’s witchcraft.
And yet she loiters. Where’s for-keeps while the lark in winter quarters lolls? What’s to solace Scollay’s hashhouse ﬂoaters and sing them to their dolls? and yet— strange musics, migrant melodies of exotic ozarks, twitter and throb where the bubble-throated jukebox lurks iridescent by these lurid newsracks. Browser leaﬁng here, withhold your wisecracks: tonight, in public, straight from overseas, her garish chiaroscuro turned to please you and her other newsstand devotees, the quarter-lit Diana takes her ease.
Why waste breath in neoaeolian yodelings for love of the lark’s rising? Give us the dead bird. Or if death gets too easy, take my word, there is nothing all that pretty about love. ) 30 TRANSLATIONS FROM THE ENGLISH for Arthur Freeman Pigfoot (with Aces Under) Passes The heat’s on the hooker. Drop’s on the lam. Cops got Booker. Who give a damn? The Kid’s been had But not me yet. Dad’s in his pad. No sweat. Margaret Are You Drug Cool it Mag. Sure it’s a drag With all that green ﬂaked out. Next thing you know they’ll be changing the color of bread.
Automaton Biographies by Larissa Lai