Issue 8: Bob Perelman

Literally Speaking

Stop me

if you’ve read this before –

but wouldn’t the world be a better place

if we each would just keep

the code on our junk

to a bare minimum?

                                – and develop

sustainable reading practices, of course

– spare me

eat right

respect finitude

floss – and develop

ways to deal with repetition that don’t involve losing it

whether in the privacy

of the most logical dreams

or universally

And for best results, make it platform-proof

the spread of piety

spare each of us

it’s not a reason

to give up mind reading

Bob Perelman has published 19 books of poems, including: Iflife (NY: Roof Books, 2006); Playing Bodies, in collaboration with painter Francie Shaw (NY: Granary Books, 2004); and Ten to One: Selected Poems (Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1999). His critical books are The Marginalization of Poetry: Language Writing and Literary History; The Trouble With Genius: Reading Pound, Joyce, Stein, and Zukofsky. His work can be accessed on Penn Sound and on his website, and a feature on his work appears in Jacket 39. He teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.

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