Monday, March 19, 2018

new from above/ground press: CERTAIN WORDS, by Steve McCaffery

a septipartite structure investing the seven ideas of Hermogenes
Steve McCaffery

The boredom of snow
which always falls
about your steps
each time you write
the word “flake”

and language greets its
philosophical  counterpart
to make up the terms
that science steals away
from each example.

Can you think
as far as simile
allows you and think
while metaphor
is pushing facts
into substitutions ?

Is this another way
to write about writing ?
to write when outside
an idea or as a subject
with a different direction
one to whom relating
phrases to neighborhoods
by using mirrors for doors
takes you back to where
you started ?

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
March 2018
celebrating twenty-five years of above/ground press
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Steve McCaffery
is the author of over 40 books and chapbooks of poetry and criticism and his work has been translated into a dozen or so languages. A founding member of the sound poetry ensemble Four Horsemen, TRG (Toronto Research Group), Grand Satrap of the College of Canadian ”Pataphysics, and long-time resident of Toronto, he is now David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters at the University at Buffalo.

[Steve McCaffery launches CERTAIN WORDS in Ottawa as part of his performance at the 8th annual VERSeFest, March 24, 2018]

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