#140: A border of thinking, about the art of transforming a book into liquid solutions Photo

Photo: Lee Ka-sing

Word Courses
(for Louis Zukofsky)Louis Zukofsky lives

in a high corner
old whiskers white
he curls around books
with a glass of soft wine

he gathers words
like nuts
spread on a towel
he pounds them into powder
for salting the batter
of his verses

he uses lasers
to burn the distant parts
of language
a hammer
to smash
what’s close by

late each night
he makes
a granular peace
with language
using his rough sleep
to salve the way