Sonnets are a jerk off of the mind. They are an everyday occurrence, or can be. For me they free the intellect to return to the body. They are the ritual of music, based on time: without it there’s nothing for these arts. Forever there is the possibility of concurrence, collaboration: thus music teaches poetry and intellect returns to the body. Facets of, picture windows of, stained glass windows of, a ring of circles of — say niches at Casa Rinconada around the kiva walls. Simply, each time I write it’s regulated like the reoccurrence of every day: it has 24 hours, it (the sonnet) has 14 lines. I know about when it’s going to end: I count lines and welcome rhyme but don’t place it. I enjoy the limitation: it’s like lieder, American lieder. Song. They are songs, art songs. Where everything is possible but the day must come to an end.
/14Apr88 (typed May of 2011 from mss.)
Stairway to the Stars
A gale descending the stairs, psychology
descending the stairs, a pizza restaurant descending
the stairs, a star and a mantle of clouds
descending the stairs, an erect flagpole descending
the stairs, clank, clank, clank, the Gila
Cliff Dwellings descending the staircase,
the Statue of Liberty descending the staircase
3000 women in furs descending the staircase in a
Busby Berkeley miracle, chimpanzees, tattooed
Japanese wrestlers & Jimi Hendrix descending the
staircase descending the stairs, the stairway
to the stars descending the staircase, Ed Sanders nude,
Joanne Kyger with a cigaret and Drummond Hadley with
a Cowboy Hat descending the staircase…..
larry goodell / placitas, new mexico
the drawing is from Huevos in Albuquerque. the editor & publisher, the late Charles Lee Stewart, also generously published 10 sonnets from All of Love, a 1987-88 series of 155 poems . . . 59 of them were published by La Alameda Press in Here On Earth in 1996 . . . Here On Earth, the book, is available from Amazon: http://amzn.to/zyklDW
All of Love (all 155 sonnets available to read free or in downloadable pdf for $2) is available from Scribd: http://scr.bi/fDHWmc where other booklets, plays, broadsides are available free.