A Momentary Stay by William C. Clarke

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His vile prose and faulty commas carry sufficiently ahead the intention we seek: securing separateness from togetherness’s rotted hulk. Of course you have to be patient about the documents. For them to be finished, I mean. Expecting too much won’t work. I anticipate their tardiness, the unkempt lack of speed, noting the occasional bauble of progress. Arrangements stumble forward. In time you will be free to go, to go free. But that time waits a further day, a few more days. Days, difficult things.

I anticipate their tardiness, the unkempt lack of speed, noting the occasional bauble of progress. Arrangements stumble forward. In time you will be free to go, to go free. But that time waits a further day, a few more days. Days, difficult things. 22 A Momentary Stay On Listening to the Stock Market Report Every day I hear how the Dow is down, the Dow is up. It’s falling, rising, suffering a sustained correction following the forecast. This is not the Tao that cannot be named or known. The Dow the world watches tacks along a jagged course swerving between sentiment, voracity, and fear.

Not another goddamn poem come to take me over, the occupying impulse demanding attention like a slighted wife and receiving it any hour, day, night as thoughts and words kindle in my mind until as Ashbery writes they erupt in lightning a steely glitter chasing shadows, which then (one begs for this blessing) gradually form prickly engraved letters on a page — this by means of endless emendation, a long love affair, not an evening’s fling. A Momentary Stay 27 One Evening at a Party Forth into cooling dark back into glowing snugness recurrently the party flows from sheltered chatter to a sky of galaxies withdrawing.

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