|This piece needs little explanation. It was
an early experimental effort, and I have always been more comfortable with the idea than the
execution. There’s no real theory behind the formatting, by the way. I just
thought I’d try something unconventional.
At one time, I began collecting “rejected verses” (“Heavy
thighs;/Lumpy knees.”; “Pretty face;/Cigarette.”), but I decided
not to pursue it.
I wrote this in April 1997 and revised it in
March 2001. I added a verse—should I call them verses?—on 12/2/2014.