Monthly Archives: September 2008
Quiet simply invades
this warm and sunken hull,
ribs verging in
brightest blue tides
Halting almost this merry-go-round
of flower fish chasing the airy light
Stutter-lenses tripping each
second over the celestial blanket,
tricked by light speed
A fragment in self-admiration,
consciousness broken again but
whole-hearted in breaking
Like the discrete mind of a solitary
sea-turtle casting into dark
waters drained of her eggs
Your eye is stretching time’s
rubber-band again, irreverently
unwinding the clocks
Refreshingly, the load always seems
compressed tightest before release
Jean-Jacques Poucel is an Associate Professor of French at Yale University where he teaches courses in modern and contemporary literature. He is the author of Jacques Roubaud and the Invention of Memory (UNC Press, 2006) and co-editor of Pereckonings: Reading Georges Perec (Yale French Studies 105). He is currently writing a study of French lyrical poetry from the early nineties to the present. He has translated poems from the French by Espitallier, Roubaud, Hocquard, Alferi and Forte. According to Mr. Poucel, his own poetry is “unpublished and written somewhere between.”
NOTE: Mr. Poucel has made a special study of a technique called OULIPO which seeks to create endless poetic possibility via mathematics. Click here for an explanation of the technique on Poets.org.
Work takes more than we bargain for, sometimes it gives more too. Sometimes it pays. Sometimes we give it away to our families. Sometimes we give away our essential selves to corporate structures or family structures that simply don’t care.. Sometimes we are desperate to work anywhere at all, just to make ends meet, to pay for the roof overhead, to buy supper.
So for this open mic – bring your working papers – (poems, prose, etc)
Bring your workin’ blues and you not workin’ blues to share.
What do you labor at? What do you labor for? What kind of labor?
Do you work for money? For time off? For your own inner vision? For the love of what you do? Do what you love, the adage says… but what if you can’t? What if you HAVE TO TAKE ANY OLD JOB TO PAY THE RENT? WORSE what if you can’t find any old job and don’t have the rent….
So many questions for one open mic theme, Whatever the angle, labor is the topic