Thursday, March 25, 2010

Alice Notley

... the boy genius tried to tell me
how to keep my
columns straight -
a lecture on symmetry,
the catchwords
don't talk to me i said. i'm busy
clarifying your mistakes, the universe
conceived as a filthy cunt hates
your diagrams -
you left out women, so you really fucked it
Pathetic little

(from Alma)


Blogger John B-R said...

Muriel Rukeyser:


Long afterward, Oedipus, old and blinded, walked the
roads. He smelled a familiar smell. It was
the Sphinx. Oedipus said, “I want to ask one question.
Why didn’t I recognize my mother?” “You gave the
wrong answer,” said the Sphinx. “But that was what
made everything possible,” said Oedipus. “No,” she said.
“When I asked, What walks on four legs in the morning,
two at noon, and three in the evening, you answered,
Man. You didn’t say anything about woman.”
“When you say Man,” said Oedipus, “you include women
too. Everyone knows that.” She said, “That’s what
you think.”

8:26 AM  

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