By Andrei Codrescu

The editors of this anthology requested a couple of hundred American poets from divergent backgrounds and literary traditions the subsequent query: How could you are saying so long to the 20 th century? Writers either new and tested are represented right here, together with Paul Auster, Charles Bukowski, Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Maxine Kumin, Carolyn Kizer, Charles Simic, David Trinidad, and Anne Waldman.

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Your mind will hear it, but it will register as something incomprehensible, a word from a language you cannot speak. As more and more of these foreign-sounding words crop up around you, conversations become rather strenuous. In effect, each person is speaking his own private language, and as the instances of shared understanding diminish, it becomes increasingly difficult to communicate with anyone. " But neither the elevator operator nor I empathize that we are terrified to face a world of ceaseless change and eternal Becoming.

Read about swallowtails and genebanks. Discovered it's not just the tip, but the whole fingernail that grows. Bathed in hot springs with a highway patrol officer. Polished shoes for potential marriage feast. Scrubbed candle holders with s o s. Made thermos of tea instead of coffee. Prayed to sunflowers for rain. Read real estate terminology to Mozart. Laughed at my face in someone else's mirror. Listened to history evaporate inside a mirage. Remembered skeletons and Buddhas side by side, Thai monastery.

Woke from trance dream of wrap around rivers. Woke into her arms through high voltage life lines. Began latest journal entry without using "I" Drove record distance with tank on empty. Recovered Mystery from the Great & All Bountiful Vacuum. Said Good Night, turned off the light to illuminate sleep.  . from Shadow Play (Light & Dust, 1992) Page 45 Summer Brenner The Festival of Instinct Infection is one way to describe discovery, although it only shows on the north side of the Aquiline Fault. On the south is island vegetation where the Festival of Hairlines is taking place right now.

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