Spiritual Poetry posted December 4, 2018


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minimalist free verse

Transformations

by estory

Descriptions of perceptions in sentences describing
Descriptions lost in translation
Describing

Information transformed from descriptions
Translated from information describing
Translations of information
Transformed

Words, transformed from ideas,
Levitating, levitating,
Lifted out of context,
Describing

Transformations
Magnificent in themselves,
Magnificent for nothing else,
Lifting us like alphabets
Lifted out of languages,

Levitating, levitating,

Above the information, the words
Transformed by ideas
Into interpretations
Interpreting

Moments of revelation,
Transfiguration



In this poem, language transcends itself into the pure music of transfiguration, escaping definition into the realm of the music of the experience. The imagery of the letters in the alphabet levitating out of the sentences and phrases is kind of the central image of this action, and I wanted a density of sound, repeating patterns of slightly changing forms of words to produce the musical elements of change. Form follows function here. It's a very different way to make music in language, and I'm always fooling around with these new forms, trying to stretch poetry out of what has been, into what it might become. estory
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