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The Cacophony of Alphabet



Every line of a poem should be a poem.
Every word in a poem should recite its poem
to its neighbors.
The poet, and the reader, should stand
at every linebreak as at a crumbling cliff,
confronting their mortality.
The cacophony of alphabet
should interrogate the aphorism of intent.
Poem-as-object should mate, loudly,
endlessly, problematically, with poem-as-process.
Like us, a poem must breathe if it is to live.
There are many ways to breathe, to live.
Every moment of a life should be a poem,
should expand into being with its breath.

All poems are written and copyrighted by Michael C. Rush.
None may be republished or repurposed without permission.