the indispensables of a major
It must seem peculiar to the sense,
that is certain:
line defying meaning less than meaning tone.
It must be the one, in all events,
kept alert and,
from the many,
first to masticate the marrow from the bone.
It must be that fearsome consequence
of the burden
born by detail:
crumbling, subject to a will not quite its own.
to Issue 1, 1999