Anselm Hollo
from Ahoe 2 (Johnny Cash Writes a Letter to Santa Claus) (1998)


Johnny Cash Writes a Letter to Santa Claus

now too old to run away
(three months older than Donald Duck)
well they still seem to need me
& feed me at least some of them do
"Are you in the middle of something?"
"No I'm totally marginalized"
but still interested in these critters
walking lyrics to the grand abstruse song
     so singular they are
in their parts      assigned reassigned
& Lyn Hejinian quoted Shklovsky
"Role of Art — to kill Pessimism!"
translation not a matter of one to one
relationships any more than anything else is
Zophus the cat well pleased and even amazed
by his consciousness in successful leap