Letter to Bill Pearlman, 15Aug1975

This is a letter/note to Bill Pearlman, author of Inzorbital (duende press, 1974), Surfing Off the Arc (Grasshopper Press, Albuquerque, 1970), and in 1977 Elegy for Prefontaine & other track poems, Living Batch Press, Albuquerque). Our house in the Village was going up after many years of difficulties, the house we’ve been in since . . . 

15AUG75 / Placitas

BILL —
TOO MUCH TO DO EACH DAY IS FAST STRUGGLE TO DO ANYTHING DECENT, BEHIND BEHIND BEHIND & DONT RECOMMEND LIVING THRU SUCH PRESSURES.  HELPING TERRY WITH WIRING OUR HOUSE. BOB (POLING) IS PLASTERING THE OUTSIDE NOW. LOOKING GREAT FULL OF PROMISE FOR US & FOR HIM. SURELY HE’LL GET ANY BUILDING JOBS HE’LL EVER WANT OFF THE BEAUTY OF THE HOUSE HE’S DOING FOR US. I WRITE HIM POEMS & WRITE THEM UP IN BEAUTIFUL LARGE FOLDERS, THE LAST ONE CALLED UNDERSTANDING. THO MAY CHANGE THAT TO UNDERSTANDING –
THE FIREPLACE
IN WHICH THE VISITATION OF HUEHUETEOTL OLDEST GOD OF THE MEXICAN PLATEAU THE OLD MAN CARRYING A BRAZIER ON HIS SHOULDER, THE OLD GOD, THE FIRE GOD SPECIAL TO VOLCANIC REGIONS, IS CALLED ON TO INHABIT OUR FRONT ROOM FIREPLACE, & A HUGE MONOLITHIC MEDIEVAL WONDER IT IS.*

SERIOUSLY YOU NEED A DOSE OF THE AZTECS TO OFFSET YR PARTICULAR MONOTHEISM, COLONEL. ALL THE MONOS ARE DEADLY POISONS READY TO DO THE PLANET IN. MONOGAMY MONOTHEISM MONOTONES & MONOLITHIC ARCHITECTURE.

THE MONOLITH IS ALWAYS COCK, & IN ITS UNEQUIVOCAL STATE IS MEGALOMANIACAL MALEHOOD WHICH IS DISGUISED RAPE-HATRED OF WOMEN. MILITARISM, THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY & CHRISTIANITY ARE ALL MONOLITHS, AS IS THE PAN-AM BUILDING IN NYC. ANIMISM IS MY PARTICULAR CONCERN IN THAT THE FACETS REFLECT & REFRACT THRU EACH OTHER & THE GHOST-SOURCE OF EARTH-UNIVERSE MESSAGES IS CONSTANTLY BEING REVEALED. I AM MANY LEGGED & TOED & ARMED & FINGERED & FUCKED.

SO THE CLOWN-PRIEST DANCES & SENDS SHIVERS DOWN THE SPINE.

WHY DOES LOSING HURT SO MUCH. LET US PIT THE TWO TOP FOOTBALL TEAMS AGAINST EACH OTHER IN GIANT TV SPECTACLE WITH THE LOSING CAPTAIN SACRIFICED AMID DUE CEREMONY AT THE END OF THE GAME. I WILL PROMISE A MAJOR POEM FOR THE EVENT. BUT WHY NOT LET THE POETS COMPETE FOR THE BEST POEM. & THE WORST POEM SUBMITTED WILL GAIN THAT POETASTER THE STOCKS WHILE THE NOBLE LOSING CAPTAIN’S HEART IS SACRIFICED.

*counterpointed in true tantric/lingam-yoni/ometeotl fashion with our master bedroom fireplace which is beehive & female.

Bob & Bobbie are of course Robert Creeley and Bobbie Louise Hawkins, village neighbors at this remarkable time

west part of house new house (1975) hill to the north — portal facing north, lenore on horse

new garden, lenore in charge — octagonal living room — village of placitas, new mexico

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Poet exploring his viable extensions - publisher, performer, playwright - hand to hand help in creating spaces for poetry to be live in - reading events, recordings, online and tangible publications in the vocal spirit of his New Mexico.
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