Jack Spicer Poems

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1.
Thing Language

This ocean, humiliating in its disguises
Tougher than anything.
No one listens to poetry. The ocean
Does not mean to be listened to. A drop
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2.
A Poem Without A Single Bird In It

What can I say to you, darling,
When you ask me for help?
I do not even know the future
Or even what poetry
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3.
For Mac

A dead starfish on a beach
He has five branches
Representing the five senses
Representing the jokes we did not tell each other
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4.
A Red Wheelbarrow

Rest and look at this goddamned wheelbarrow. Whatever
It is. Dogs and crocodiles, sunlamps. Not
For their significance.
For their significant. For being human
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5.
Fifteen False Propositions Against God - Section Xiv

If the diamond ring turns brass
Mama's going to buy you a looking glass
Marianne Moore and Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams
going on a picnic together when they were all students at the
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6.
Fifteen False Propositions Against God - Section Xiii

Hush now baby don't say a word
Mama's going to buy you a mocking bird
The third
Joyful mystery.
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7.
A Diamond

A diamond
Is there
At the heart of the moon or the branches or my nakedness
And there is nothing in the universe like diamond
Nothing in the whole mind.
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8.
A Second Train Song For Gary

When the trains come into strange cities
The citizens come out to meet the strangers.
I love you, Jack, he said
I love you, Jack, he said
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9.
“any Fool Can Get Into An Ocean . . .”

Any fool can get into an ocean
But it takes a Goddess
To get out of one.
What’s true of oceans is true, of course,
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10.
A Poem For Dada Day At The Place April 1, 1958

The bartender
Has eyes the color of ripe apricots
Easy to please as a cash register he
Enjoys art and good jokes.
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