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Saturday, 8 June 2013

Doug Lang: Rogaine Bunny Sonnet


Last Judgment (fragment of Hell): Hieronymus Bosch, n.d., oil on panel (Private collection)

Katie Gegentesh, Drew Gardner, Nada Gordon, Sharon Mesmer
Mel Nichols, K. Silem Mohammed, Michael Magee, Rodney Koeneke,
Rod Smith, Gary Sullivan and others. "Mmmwow." "Flarfy."
My father. "Flarfy." Bruce Andrews. "Mmmwow." Romeo and
Juliet. "Flarfy." Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger.
"Rogaine Bunny." Softball games. "Flarfy." Robert Duncan and
Frank O'Hara. "Mmmwow." Anselm Berrigan and Lisa Jarnot.
"Mmmwow." "Flarfy." "Flarfy." "Flarfy." "Flarfy." "Flarfy." "Flarfy."
"Flarfy." "Flarfy." "Flarfy." Rodrigo Toscano, Heather Fuller, Mytili
Jagannathan. "Mmmwow." "Mmmwow." "Mmmwow." Barrett Watten.
Barrett Watten. "awww" Jordan Davis. "Flarfy." "Mmmwow."
"Mm-hmm" "Mm-hmm" "Mm-hmm" "Mm-hmm" "Mm-hmm"
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Doug Lang: Rogaine Bunny Sonnet, from dérangé, 2013

Scenes in  Hell: Hieronymus Bosch, n.d., pen and bistre, 162 x 176 mm (Staatliche Museen, Berlin)




Good to see (even through this morning's fog) that we're keeping up with our neighbors (the Joneses?).


light coming into fog against invisible
ridge, shadowed sparrow landing on post
in foreground, sound of wave in channel

idea of physical space that
exists, point of view

in motion, equation between
p and p, also unknown

grey white fog against invisible ridge,
4 cormorants flapping across toward it

tpw said...

Dear T: Great to see Lang & Bosch united here. Doug is an extraordinary poet, IMO.

TC said...

Yes, Steve, as you know, on the po-scene it's always important to jump every train that comes down the line, even (especially?) if it's headed to that Great Underground Conference.

TC said...

Terry, I'd missed that due to the time-delay caused by the troll-shield.

From Doug's Acknowledgments page:

"The initial momentum to produce this work came from a dinner conversation that the author enjoyed with Terence Winch and Stephen Reichert; Terence's response to the poems in Dérangé was a further contribution to that momentum. Stephen never responded. What's up with that?"

Marie W said...

How unique! I can't say why, but I love it.

TC said...


The work is an example or perhaps one ought to say a spoof of something currently popular among feverishly-aspiring American junior-academics and called by the cutesy-ugly name "flarf" (amalgam of fluff and barf?), though in such a case the line between example and spoof is likely very fine, almost so fine as to be indiscernible, for the thing that is at least putatively being spoofed here is something that is itself little more than a random-shuffle form of arty spoof.

Marie W said...

An amalgam of fluff and barf, ahaa, now I like it even more, Tom. It's intriguing and it makes me smile. Random-shuffle form of arty spoof, I like I like.