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Saturday the 13th

Reading y fiesta

It's all going down tonight at McNalley-Jackson Books in the city. I'll be reading my poem "Formación" from the book of the Universidad Desconocida from last term, which is being presented. Plus music and dancing! Come by if you're in the neighborhood.

posted afternoon of the 13th: Respond
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Just

At first I didn't quite know what I would do with the book, other than read it over and over again.

Orhan Pamuk

by J. Osner

The book is just a dream
transfixed
on ink and paper
bound in rags
it's open on the table
just a book.

The book's an ancient river
stately
regal river
flowing softly
dried up on the page
it's just a book.

The book was wilderness
now logged
and pulped for paper
new edition
standing on the bookshelf
just a book.

The book is just a poem
a whisper
sound of turning pages
hear it
read it by the river
just a book.

The book's a dream transformed
transmuted
edited and copyrighted
pull it off the shelf and open
read the words and hear the whisper
trace the patterns graven
in the book.

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Saturday, July 26th

Some recent poetry



The moment of the poem, by J. Osner

Poems you read, they shape you – watch the singsong of their syllables chase images of darkness and light down syntactic tunnels. Follow the syllable along the corridor to where it leads; act out solemn ritual of determination.
The poem (if it's successful) always functions on some level as a metaphor for time: the reader's memory will integrate the poem (if it's successful) so its meter and its rhyme make up a cauldron through which filters reader's vision of experience: the moment, just off-kilter, just opaque enough to shadow (just concrete enough to straddle) future and the past which bubble up through the poem (if it's successful) and comprise the self you narrate to the world.

Δt

There is no calculus of consciousness.
The moment that you dwell in is no delta t,
no limit;
its kaleidoscopic boundaries recede.

posted afternoon of July 26th: Respond

Friday, July 11th

Linearity

Working on another chapbook -- this one is tentatively titled "The moment of the poem: Extensions".

posted morning of July 11th: 1 response

Monday, June 16th

Another analogy for time

"The Cauldron of Verse" by J. Osner,

The poem (if it's successful) always functions on some level
as a metaphor for time: the reader's memory will integrate
the poem (if it's successful) so its meter and its rhyme make up
a cauldron through which filters reader's vision of experience:
the moment, just off-kilter, just opaque enough to shadow
(just concrete enough to straddle) future and the past which bubble
up through the poem (if it's successful)
and comprise the self you narrate to the world.

posted evening of June 16th: 1 response

Friday, May 16th

Intenciones extendidas

El poemario es cosa física!

posted afternoon of May 16th: 2 responses
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Saturday, May third

Génesis

por J Osner

Antes
de mandarle al Agua
que sea agua
ni a la Tierra que sea tierra
ni tampoco a la luz
y la oscuridad que se separen
debe hacer creador el Fuego
y lo dejar
Arder.

posted afternoon of May third: Respond
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la Universidad Desconocida: week 2

I presented my chapbook of biblical verse, and got good notes. Primarily -- I should keep my poems short and intense, and resonant; anchor the ideas in imagery; and surprise the reader. The favorite was "Esquéleto":

Esquéleto

Esto son mis huesos
desnudos; vestilos
en carne, inspirámelo
el Espíritu a mí.
Planteá Vos la sembra espiritual
que crezca y florezca profecía
derramámelo
fornicámelo
que sueñe yo los sueños
de iluminación
Readings for next week are Latin American vanguard poems, a beautiful selection (which somehow manages to omit Pasos and Cuadras).

posted morning of May third: 1 response
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Sunday, April 27th

Para hacer retrato de un alondro del cielo

Para hacer retrato de un alondro del cielo

por J Osner
Piensa primero una jaula
con la puerta abierta
--Jacques Prévert
pero la alondra no se deja captar, tampoco en la jaula cantará
ni en el lienzo del pintor; ni
en la página blanca del poeta. Los silbidos trinantes
de mid-80's video games
se oyen encima del campo
y se desvanecen; fugaces
como toda hermosa

posted afternoon of April 27th: 1 response

two more

both very much still works in progress; I'm liking the progress...

Bienvenida

por J Osner

Pues imaginá
escena
de atardecer---es
casi oscuro
pero
no podrías dar número
ni asignar nombre
a los mil tonos
de sombra que se efrentan
a tus ojos
mentales
pero recordalas
estas rayas de falta
de color
porque son
tu alma

La ontogenia recapitula la filogenia

por J Osner

Cada lectura del poema recapitula
las dudas y incertidumbres
los desasosiegos del autor
en que consiste
su escritura
como árbol se crece el poema
de la haz de la página fecunda
sembrada con sentido
consiste el poema
en ramificaciones
del sentido original
cada vez multiplicándose
hasta que
no se puede decir
en cuáles ramas
se van a florecer
la hermosura y la perspicacia
ni qué van a significar
y cada lectura recapitula
esta procesa de derivación -- saltá
y agarrá
la rama principal; así se empezaría
tu ascenso
Tus manos carecen
corteza áspera del texto
los carecen a tus ojos
los contornos suaves
de la letra
y a tus oídos los sonidos broncos
del incertidumbre del poeta

posted afternoon of April 27th: Respond

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