Monday, November 21, 2005

Yoko Otomo's SMALL POEMS

Yuko Otomo’s Small Poems is appropriately bound like a reporter’s notebook. As you read, you sense the immediacy of the language as if you had become some poet/reporter/repo[et]rter wandering an urban, almost post-apocalyptic, landscape jotting down fractured Zen-like observations:




a house cat is watching
spring snow
through a glass window

on the wall
a headless man is running
thinking, carrying his far-sighted forest
brain

at my feet
an ancient grain is swimming
in a pool of melancholy

and

there is not so much day time left

-Spring Snow (Ce-Pha-Lo-Phore)

…tossing off Creeley/Ikkyu-like witticisms:

in summer
we love wind

in winter
we hate it

wind never changes

-Attitude of Mind

…and

all you need is
air
water & (slight)
light

night

&
day

all
around

love? Well—

-General Botany

Alas, Ugly Duckling Presse is sold out, making this chapbook as ephemeral as the precise and beautiful language it attempts to keep within its covers. I found my copy a few weeks ago at Gotham Book Mart. It’s well worth the effort to see if they have another.

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