July 08, 2008


Not wrenched, but rendered—
extract beyond word or image:
matter melted into mind into matter melting,
tongue telling eye
seeing melt of mind beyond matter,
eye mattering as mouth does,
here much more than ear
ever than an h is,
ere eye sees y.

Why an ear sees here
more than eyes hear there
is what a paradox is.

A mouth mattering
as word or image.
An eye’s as much an ear:
look, hear beyond mutter of fact.

—Paul Dutton
“Content” (hear which syllable you stress) first appeared in the Milwaukee
poetry journal gam in 2004.

Posted by dwaber at July 8, 2008 12:28 PM