Is Music: New and Selected Poems

By John Taggart

“John Taggart’s poetry isn't really like song, it's music.”—George Oppen

Is Music—a significant retrospective of an American original—gathers the simplest poems from John Taggart’s fourteen volumes, starting from early objectivist experiments and jazz-influenced improvisational items to longer breathtaking compositions considered as underground masterpieces. there's a prayerful caliber to Taggart’s poetry, rooted in music—from medieval Christian traditions and soul to American punk rock. he's additionally seriously inspired through the visible arts, such a lot particularly in his vintage “Slow track for Mark Rothko,” within which he did with phrases what Rothko did with paint and dye.

To breathe and stretch one’s fingers again
to breathe during the mouth to respire to
breathe throughout the mouth to utter in
the so much quiet means to not whisper to not whisper
to breathe in the course of the mouth within the such a lot quiet manner to
breathe to sing to respire to sing to breathe
to sing the main quiet way.

To sing to mild the main quiet mild in darkness
radiantia radiantia
singing gentle in darkness.

To sing because the host sings in his house.

 

John Taggart is the writer of fourteen books of poetry and books of feedback. He was once, for a few years, a professor of English and director of the Interdisciplinary Arts application at Shippensburg collage. He lives close to Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.

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To please buddies praying with curled arms in napalm to run a mild operating burning to dying to be not able to aid to discover the river. to please to please people who find themselves in nape napalm the army likes and there has been an outdated guy with fingers stiff in prayer forgiving what we had performed and there has been an previous lady mendacity useless curled into the fetal place as though she had simply been born an outdated guy lay beside her. hold torches, hold one another. to please pals with palms born curled in napalm to run burning to loss of life to be not able to aid locate the river not able to discover water. to thrill to please these in nape napalm the army and there has been an outdated guy in prayer forgiving what we had performed and there has been an outdated girl mendacity curled within the fetal place as though she had simply been born an outdated guy lay beside her and there have been thirty lifeless youngsters. hold torches, hold one another. to thrill pals with teenagers curled in napalm to run to loss of life to be not able to discover the river not able to be how to water. to please in nape napalm and there has been an outdated guy forgiving what we had performed and there has been an outdated lady mendacity curled as if she had simply been born an outdated guy lay beside her and there have been thirty useless little ones now those childrens, thirty of them, none have been over fifteen a few of them have been infants. hold torches, hold one another. to thrill neighbors with child youngsters in napalm to run to demise to locate the river water to be not able to be how to be a wave. In nape napalm there has been an outdated guy forgiving there has been an previous lady mendacity as though she had simply been born an previous guy there have been thirty useless young children none over fifteen a few have been infants a few gave the impression of that they had simply been sunburned their skins have been a very ruddy, ruddy purple or scarlet colour. hold torches, hold one another. to please acquaintances with infants scarlet in napalm not able to discover water not able to behavior them on the best way at the method right into a wave. Napalm a forgiving previous guy napalm an previous lady mendacity as though she had simply been born an previous guy thirty lifeless young ones napalm thirty useless infants to seem like they'd simply been sunburned their skins a ruddy purple or scarlet colour napalm napalm others charred with their guts placing out. hold torches, hold one another. to thrill associates with infants charred in napalm not able to plunge into a wave capable to affix with them joined including the youngsters. three to boost to boost as much as carry with no attempt to boost the top to raise the top up with no attempt to take away the cap cap of ashes to raise the pinnacle into the air to take away the cap to carry the top up into the air with out attempt to raise the pinnacle to sing sursum virga and sursum. Carol heart’s ease ring of flower’s inspiration. to boost the top up with out attempt to sing with no attempt to carry fingers with women and men to sing and carry fingers with the kids as a refrain. to raise to boost as much as carry with out attempt to raise the pinnacle up with out attempt to take away the cap of ashes to boost the pinnacle into air with out attempt to raise the head to sing sursum virga to sing sursum to sing coming forth coming from the home to move making a song prior the doorkeeper.

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