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 Ah, Gertrude Stein.

http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/315

There's something both uplifting and frustrating about stumbling through a Gertrude Stein piece. Yes, it's nonsensical, sometimes to an irritating extent. But it's like some kind of sea glass windchime, the sounds and the images and the playful feeling. Interacting with life, taking words and feelings and turning them into something else.

I'm not a scholar, I just like to see someone breaking the rules. It frees me to do the same, though in my own way, of course.

PROMPT: For poetry: Read some Gertrude Stein. Write a poem in which you imitate or invert, praise or decry her methods.

PROMPT: For fiction: What do your main characters like to read? Poetry? Feminist Lit? Or do they hate that sh*t?

janebee janebee 22-25 1 Response Jun 13, 2008

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and here's something i scribbled out in response to these thoughts:



"Gertrude Stein Thinking"



We've been here before. I have

mastered the thick-skin swing of minute

by minute joyous silence - In looking at a day

where you and I shall weave

no baskets

sing no songs, because, to me,

you are a recurring dream in which I behave

silly, regressive, insectoid, table-laden with

my hangups.

Call for your h*sh pipe, o Queen; the bee knows

where the flowers are

in this canonical map of time.

Your words strike the hour.