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Stewart McKenzie Poems
RTFM 08 Planck Verse
When poetic compression of meaning Passes a quantum threshold (The Blanck Length?) Ambiguities arise.
TimeSong 17 Target Practice
False stasis of ping-pong ball On fairground fountain
Joke 05 Frugal Me
A little boy comes home from school and asks his father what “frugal” means. “Well” says his father “it means to save”. The next day the little boy comes home from school all excited “Dad, we were told such a good story today in class
RTFM 17 Po 'Em
The ideal audience size for a poet is one. Direct from me to you. No watchers. Whispering together in the privacy of our minds. When poems are performed therefore
GenieTail 04 The Telomere's Tale
Shrink wrapped for freshness in telomere tails - Genes that is, lifestuff - Tails that tear with each genesplit until they’re gone, Life too.
RTFM 20 The Ghost In The Words
The ghost in the words The voice in the signs The figure in the scribbles That hides between the lines
RTFM 06 Mandarin For Maybe
The French and Japanese pass laws To try to keep words out While wanton English tempts words in Like some old hooker on History Street.
RTFM 21 Edible Poetry
The French eat their words Say it in French with orotund vowels And backthroat rolling 'r's Les Francais mangent leur mots
RTFM 25 A Fishing Story
Freed from focus thoughts slide by A swift and dark flowing river White waters eddies and whirlpools A poet plucks treasures from the stream
TimeSong 09 Timeless
Stay perfectly still. At your motionless* center You travel through time.
TimeSong 01 Now Now!
THE BEST OF TIME Bathed in dust-spangled ceremonial laser light
RTFM 26 Focus Group Poetry
They said “that can’t be a poem For it has neither rhyme nor rhythm”
TimeSong 02 Now Then
By the time that you hear me, I spoke in your past. When I hear your reply, You in mine.
Landscape 14 Night Flight
Seven miles below The nighttime land glides by Splashed and spangled with lights Gold and silver
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RTFM 08 Planck Verse
When poetic compression of meaning
Passes a quantum threshold
(The Blanck Length?)
The soundcolors and rhythms of words
Present alternative meanings.
Assonance and dissonance intervene.
Group memories resonate
Meaning becomes a matter of probability
Of parallel possibilities in multiple dimensions.
Ordinary rules of communication
Do not apply at this level of compression.