Went fishing, red sun. Blue sky laughed through diamonds. Considered drinking the water cupped in distracted hands. The scales on the surface tried to reassure me: each fish A dream of ancient dark wetness: all warriors among serf-plants, Slave colonies of protozoa. Large bit of flesh In leech-grip against forefinger: telling of a ragged-tooth battle, Fleshed spine in death-thrall against a former metal hook. (All is dropped before thought passes the dura-mater.) The wind-and-reel of the hollow tube-and-plastic: fact: Caught a silver sliver of a thing with no stretch of tendon. Point and draw: the line of my salt-mind to his? Murder? Suicide? Perhaps, like Narcissus: face pushed to the water: border-of-the-world: Challenge, beauty: death the only alternative to life, swimming in nectar.
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From: email@example.com (Michael Magee) Subject: Re: WENT FISHING, RED SUN To: firstname.lastname@example.org (Hannah J Sassaman) Date: Mon, 5 Jul 1999 14:47:03 -0400 (EDT) Cc: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com Precedence: bulk Hannah, in this poem, and in the one you sent previously, your ear for lavishly piled phrases is enticing - I like the density, the music. There's a few places I get caught up which I thought I'd mention for what they're worth (and, while I'm at it: though I liked the1st poem generally, the use of "friend" came off as a bit mannered to me and, in any event, I wouldn't use quite so many.) So: while I'm not generally bothered by pathetic fallacies - which I think can be useful, interesting, funny, etc, "the blue sky laughed..." seems to too-unconsciously ascribe that action to the sky without any sense of detail: this is one of those cases when a modernist skepticism like Pound's can be pretty useful, and one can hear Pound saying, HOW did the sky laugh? DOES the sky LAUGH? On another front, I wonder about the symbolism involved in "ancient dark wetness" and "slave colonies of protozoa" - is the speaker involving her/himself in a kind of primitivism here? If so, to what end and at what cost? Those would be things that would concern me if it was my poem. Once you have "slave colonies," even as metaphor (or, *especially* as metaphor) you have a whole political subtext that needs addressin'. The line "(All is dropped before thought passes the dura-mater.)" seems potentially very interesting in this regard. Can we take it as the speaker disavowing the metaphor-making which has taken place previously? I like that possibility and might try to somehow get further into its fabric. I'm also struck by the halting use of colons which works very nicely and might be integrated more specifically in terms of this issue of politics/metaphor, personal-description/symbolic-responsibility, that type of thing. Anyway, hope this makes a smidgeon of sense. Liked the poems. -m.