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Preamble (A Rough Draft For An Ars Poetica)

Jean Cocteau


A rough draft 
for an ars poetica

.  .  .  .  .  .  . 

Let's get our dreams unstuck

The grain of rye
free from the prattle of grass
et loin de arbres orateurs




It     will sprout

But forget about 
the rustic festivities

For the explosive word 
falls harmlessly
eternal through
the compact generations 

and except for you


its sweet-scented dynamite

I discard eloquence
the empty sail
and the swollen sail
which cause the ship 
to lose her course

My ink nicks
and there

and there

                  and there


deep poetry

The mirror-paneled wardrobe 
washing down ice-floes
the little eskimo girl

in a heap 
of moist negroes
her nose was
against the window-pane 
of dreary Christmases

A white bear
adorned with chromatic moire

dries himself in the midnight sun


The huge luxury item

Slowly founders
all its lights aglow

and so
sinks the evening-dress ball
into the thousand mirrors 
of the palace hotel

And now
it is I

the thin Columbus of phenomena
in the front 
of a mirror-paneled wardrobe
full of linen
and locking with a key

The obstinate miner
of the void
his fertile mine

the potential in the rough
glitters        there
mingling with its white rock

    princess of the mad sleep
listen to my horn
         and my pack of hounds

I deliver you
from the forest
where we came upon the spell

Here we are
by the pen
one with the other
on the page

Isles          sobs of Ariadne

        dragging   along
     Aridnes          seals

for I betray you my fair stanzas
run and awaken

I plan no architecture

like you       Beethoven

like you
numberless old man

born everywhere

I elaborate
in the prairies of inner

and the work of the mission
and the poem of the work
and the stanza of the poem
and the group of the stanza
and the words of the group
and the letters of the word
and        the least
loop of the letters

it's your foot
of attentive satin
that I place in position
tightrope walker
sucked up by the void

to the left         to the right
the god gives a shake
and I walk
towards the other side
       with infinite precaution

Submitted by Linda M. Gibbs

Added: 2 Sep 2002 | Last Read: 19 Jul 2018 12:14 AM | Viewed: 8042 times

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