Kamarck, Edward (ed.) / Arts in society: the arts of activism
Part VII: poems of vision and action: autobiography, p. 431 PDF (784.2 KB)
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 431 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.