Anne Waldman | Two Acrostics
Binary Wild, Balzac’s Lament
Because a sudden blow restored to senses my
Intellectus deteriorum (head split more in two)
N O T E (the subtlest
Arabian talismans would be held aloft)
Risky to be carrying an ass’s skin
Yearning: sign my name in blood!
“We poor Parisians, we are
Ignorant of these things!”
Left off the code, seen & unseen
“Demon, mud off my boot!”
Binary Book, John The Evangelist/ on His Saint’s Day Dec 27, 2015
Beardless, as evangelist, with an act of writing
Numerous images: eagle, cup with vipers in it
Artists watch as he drains the poison cup unharmed, writes a
Revelation, not devil worship et cetera
Your footprints: pilgrim, saint, son of Zebedee
Booksellers take note, walk right in
O what pays debts? Writing a gospel?
O what red robe etched with gilt, & nimbus vocabulary? what
Keeps us from the sacred (ink is blood) binary?