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Portrait of John Berryman

Wikipedia Poem, No. 645

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“I won’t dwell on these or on any details now. I have a good deal to do and I am exhausted in the eighth day of a heavy cold. This is just to tell you that life has a new mask on.” John Berryman, 10 October 1943

so do i 
am exhausted 
in the end of our minds

this instead 
of our minds

this instead of our minds 
instead of our minds this

the end of a heavy cold
the end minding the cold

speaker and
spoken to

our annual knowing 
being offered up to us 

i have a good deal to tell 
on a term-to-term basis 

instead of our minds
the eighth day of mum

as we begin less-than-life 
has a new mask on

this is less-life than less with its 
new mask hell-in-new-rochelle

any details now (exactly what
i don't yet know) i am exhausted 

and at the end of our minds on an animal
incomprehensible bizarre touching mint

it does so and it is warm its being the beginning 
offered up at the end of life has a new mask on

Wikipedia Poem, No. 92

"An accident is when a thing happens. A coincidence is when a thing is going to happen and does." Gertrude Stein

“An accident is when a thing happens. A coincidence is when a thing is going to happen and does. … Anything anybody writes is written. … Everybody listen. … You can refuse if you refuse you can refuse to explain when you have written.” Gertrude Stein

Pleased
To do.
One   

To do.
Met 
Oh.
    
Or  
Towering.
No   
     
Her   
Later
Pleased
  
I want.   
To do.
Turning.
        
Pleased
Later
Thoroughly
  

Is that.
A question.

  
To 
do.     
Was a disappointment
             
Victim.
Mispronounced
Towering.
Who   
 
By.   
I
Victim.

Spelling.           
Mispronounced.         
Met I        

Sunday study. 
Nature.
Wipe what.

Sources:
Stein, Gertrude. “Henry James.” Writings 1932-1946. Eds. Catherine R. Stimpson, Harriet Chessman. New York: The Library of America, 1998. Print.
—. “Study Nature.” Poetry Foundation. N.D. Web. 16 July 2015.
Filreis, Al, Maxe Crandall, Julia Bloch, and Sarah Dowling. “The Fuck-you Bow (PoemTalk #90).” Podcast. Jacket2.org. Poetry Foundation, 6 July 2015. Web. 16 July 2015.

Anxiety

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How can’t a being be enough
Must always a doing suffice
Where not should become great
Amongst the invisible dogwood
Breathe deeply when wince and be due
Somewhere it is clue enough and you
Swing or the axe itself Gertrude
Said enough is enough isn’t it
Obvious out here amongst the dogwood
Something foul is its bloom.

Stanza XVI from ‘Stanzas in Meditation’ by Gertrude Stein

Should they call me what they call me
When they come to call on me
And should I be satisfied with all three 
When all three are with me
Or should I say may they stay
Or will they stay with me
On no account must they cry out
About which one went where they went
In time to stay away may be they do
But I doubt it
As they were very much able to stay there.
However may they go if they say so.

from Part IV of Stanzas in Meditation from “Stein: Writings 1932-1946, Vol. 2”

Stein on France, Progress, History

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“The background of tradition of profound conviction that men and women and children do not change, that science is interesting but does not change anything, that democracy is real but that governments unless they tax you too much or get you defeated by the enemy are of no importance.”

Gertrude Stein in Paris France