Wikipedia Poem, No. 237

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“All warfare is struggle for control of the unalterable logic of manifestation. The urgency of the study of poetics in our time — the political character of such study that involves it with power — derives from the bearing of this proposition on the fact that the social formation of power (e.g., the state) is structured like a representation and maintains itself under the conditions of the scarce-contested space and constrained logics of the manifest (that is, the represented) world by manipulating access to acknowledgment, which is the fundamental wealth of life.” Allen Grossman


literature links
classical meter
to nautical law

and thereby governare
kybernan the metrical unit tailwind
downstep tabernacle

the foot as referent
upstep includes
floating foundation

poetry kneels below abyssal sea
at the bottom of truth amphibrach free
command all prayerful men obey

the reductionary vowel
succeeds in american verse
a single stress jumps up

the english sailor’s skill is refined
the jersey poet strangles his dactyl
the iamb swings its truncheon as trochee


Source: Grossman, Allen R. True-love: Essays on Poetry and Valuing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009. Page 95. Print.

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