from   WING


note: "WING" was suggested by Mel Bochner's Drawings (David Nolan Gallery, NYC, 1988) and by Bochner's 1993 installation Via Tasso at the Museo Storico della Liberazione di Roma; Jess's "paste-up" (cover of Norma Cole's Mars) delivered my point of focus for entering and retrieving certain materials of the poem. "WING" was dedicated to the memory of Joe Brainard, who died of AIDS during its writing, and to his companion, the poet and librettist Kenward Elmslie, who has kept the spirit of reinvented language alive.

reprinted with permission from WING, 1995