They will write to us one day with anguish: we miss you.
Their letters will be lost in the universe of lost letters written by animals other than us.
The cows are of the stars, dead stars, writers gone silent.
The cows’ literacy formed through a slow process in the history of the cows. With numerous setbacks. Certain ancient temples depicted cow scribes. Cows asleep on their writing desk. Exhausted with fatigue. Cows made mad with worry before written words. Bound to their worktable. Cows full of ink and of words that didn’t say anything to anyone anymore. Nor to any living thing on the earth. The cows appeared once more in the embroidery of very old female gangsters. They are representative of neither states of things nor of events, but of what we have become and what things have become. Abstractions of genus and species."
— Frédéric Boyer, translated by Joanna Howard and Nicholas Bredie, from Cows. The entire book is about them. New! From Noemi Press.
THE HISTORY OF NECKLACES
Gems have always hung from the necks of women
Rocks have always hung from the necks of women
Stones have always hung from the necks of women
Pearls have always hung from the necks of women
Shells have always hung from the necks of women
“Beachy Head brims with electrical currents flying backwards and forwards, with the force of poems that have been well fought out and felt. I hear the currents of Alice Notley, of Bernadette Mayer, of Eileen Myles, and Sylvia Plath…”—Dorothea Lasky
rare manic appeal
rear panacea limp
ripe almanac pear
manlier papa care
animal caper aper
paler panama rice
maria pecan pearl
papal crime arena
Also, look out for my kid detective book series coming next Fall, starring a peppy, anthropomorphized oyster named “Maria Pecan Pearl.”
i have a few clumsy words
a little perforated boat
and a sensual bird of undefined size
to communicate with the world.