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Kamarck, Edward (ed.) / Arts in society: the arts of activism
(1969)

Silliman, Ronald
Part VII: poems of vision and action: autobiography,   p. 431 PDF (784.2 KB)


Nameroff, Rochelle
Part VII: poems of vision and action: war poem,   pp. 431-[432] PDF (1.5 MB)


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TWO POETS FROM BERKELEY
Ron Silliman is the author of two poetry
pamphlets-3 SYNTACTIC FICTIONS FOR
DENNIS SCHMITZ and MOON IN THE
7TH HOUSE (Gunrunner) - and the editor of
ALPHA SORT. He and his wife Rochelle
Nameroff live in Berkeley. She writes poetry
and has studied with Denise Levertov at
the University of California (Berkeley).
AUTOBIOGRAPHY
by Ronald Silliman
The time was the place was the sea was the government:
sadly I came to the family: their perfect house, their perfect curtains,
their
perfect lace like the eyes of a girl on the world:
I could live like the dead, I had the manners:
what the rooms became: valleys, canyons, a desert, different people:
always the bookish ones, they have to hold still
(UNTITLED POEM)
The
stone does not burn. glows                                              
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like ash
ask questions
it is a bad time, gulls heavy
in air,
sluggish
fires go out                          WAR POEM
by Rochelle Nameroff
of the mouths comes the revolution
the trap                              Vicarious: too
many
virtual separations
coming upon mountains sepulchral enough
to frame the occupied
ventricle hammer like false
hooded remains in a
fable who repeals the pounding
(the socket the temple the forest the kingdom)
insidious how separate
to take each pure tracing like films
off a willow branch peel of the
Angostura bark. Balmany herb. Blackberry leaves.
so slow pull the foxhole over so
slow  repeal the speakers  o hear
the flow the groundwave of hillocks.


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