Anselm Hollo
from Ahoe (And How on Earth) (1997)


Caught with a Pronoun


                                     "I have been quite content,
                                      living on the poets' reservation"

                                           — Friederike Mayrocker

the nanosecond before choice itself (?) occurs
check spell       uncoil from sheets
having a saying & even meaning
& no body without another

wrapped in deep skin
tangerine notes
that twitter up into mind's air
who for gods' sakes needs a "citational matrix"

let them remain
nailed down by their self-promotion
& me stay here      within the "confines of my agenda"

theory does look gray this morning
corporate colonization of human imagination
not allowed       on this reservation