Tuesday, November 28, 2006

"Cycle #22"

drum anda wheel
anda drum andaw
heel anda druma
ndaw heel andad
ruma ndaw heela
ndad ruma ndawh
eela ndad ruman
dawh eela ndadr
uman dawh eelan
dadr uman dawhe
élan dadr umand
awhe élan dadru
mand awhe eland
adru mand awhee
land adru manda
whee land adrum
anda whee landa
drum anda wheel

-- bpNichol

Seen performed in a bizarre biographical video and subsequently copied and pasted from this site, where the poem's layout is preferable. Read the short blurb above the poem and you'll see what I mean..

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dude - I am just not getting it.

cher said...

don't tell me what to do. you are soooo bossy.

jblueafterglow said...

rob - it's cyclical. like a wheel, which is how it's supposed to be laid out on a page. and it's meant to be read aloud, so i encourage you, in a non-bossy way, to give it a go. i'm sure andrea will be a willing audience.

cher - don't tell me what I can't do. good to hear from you! now and then, ages ago, I would check your blog but there weren't any updates for a lonnnnnggg time and I stopped checking in. Now I'll have to go take a gander..

jblueafterglow said...

more to say.

in addition to the shape of the poem looking like a wheel (see link) and the poem being cyclical like a wheel; when reading the poem aloud the sound echoes the drum.

a drum (sound) and a wheel (layout, and cyclicalness)