Zukofsky-Louis_To-my-wash-stand_from29Songs - to glimpse...

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from 29 Songs , Poem 22: “To my wash-stand” Louis Zukofsky To my wash-stand in which I wash my left hand and my right hand To my wash-stand whose base is Greek whose shaft is marble and is fluted To my wash-stand whose wash-bowl is an oval in a square To my wash-stand whose square is marble and inscribes two smaller ovals to left and right for soap Comes a song of water from the right faucet and the left my left and my right hand mixing hot and cold Comes a flow which if I have called a song is a song entirely in my head a song out of imagining modillions descried above my head a frieze of stone completing what no longer is my wash-stand since its marble has completed my getting up each morning my washing before going to bed my look into a mirror
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Unformatted text preview: to glimpse half an oval as if its half were half-oval in my head and the climates of many inscriptions human heads shapes’ horses’ elephants’ (tusks) others’ scratched in marble tile so my wash-stand in one particular breaking of the tile at which I have looked and looked has opposed to my head the inscription of a head whose coinage is the coinage of the poor observant in waiting in their getting up mornings and in their waiting going to bed carefully attentive to what they have and to what they do not have when a flow of water doubled in narrow folds occasions invertible counterpoints over a head and an age in a wash-stand and in their own heads...
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2010 for the course ENL ENL45 taught by Professor Dr.sethforrest during the Spring '10 term at UC Davis.

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