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Monday, 17 December 2012

The Amazing Return of A Crazy American Girl


Junge Frau (bunt) / Young Girl (coloured)
: Gerhard Richter, 1965, oil on canvas, 80 x 65 cm (Gerhard Richter Art)

Pumped for a rhyming line into air
A football falling through registration,
Here I come: That’s Kathy’s Clown,
A song by Don and Phil in her
Consciousness. And mine. A beverage
Passes between lips, they’re her lips;
I am that beverage. Her Royal Crown
Classes break on the hour
Bar, O falcon of the lecture!
Fall, footballs, through the leaves!
We clown in airs of each other’s consciousness:
I bring hers stealthy cigarettes,
Between-halves tears; she brings mine
Contemporary milk of the lectures.

Turmspingerin II / High Diver II
: Gerhard Richter, 1965, oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm (Gerhard Richter Art)

Inge (bunt) / Inge (coloured): Gerhard Richter, 1965, oil on canvas, 40 x 35 cm (Gerhard Richter Art)


TC said...

Everly Brothers, Cathy's Clown, live, 1960.

Wooden Boy said...

I think she gets the better deal with the "stealthy cigarettes" and the "between-halves tears". That "contemporary milk" turns sour quickly.

Clark, Richter and the Everly Brothers; the static is fierce and wonderful!

vazambam (Vassilis Zambaras) said...

A crazy American sonnet!

TC said...

Ah, the pleasure it seems to have been, once, then, awash in the autumnal colours of delusion, to be a crazy American sonneteer!

Ah, the instant souring of all that contemporary milk!

tpw said...

Great poem, so completely alive in its language.

Lally said...

Ditto to what Terry said, Tom. As always.