Jennifer Moxley, Often Capital, Flood Editions, 2005
Two early serial poems.
The First Division of Labour:
Themes of partnership / work / love (and estrangement)
"desire returned as topiary"
The poem proceeds though an assembly of vocabulary and detail from a text we’re not necessarily privy to, transforming it, but without rorschaching the material, without rendering it’s interpretive horizon open-ended.
"The minor, graffiti / in / Atlantis"
Excess creativity in humans was possibly evolved as a result of sexual selection?
"Let sweetness be the creator of moments, building revolution / one kissing at a time."
The poet/speaker of this dramatic monologue associates her love life w/ a famous historical character and imbues this dramatic framework with political grandeur. Not a historical take on writing as straight documentary, but using history as cognitive reverb setting for one’s immediate situation. Something both Olson and Creeley do.
"the paramour trades beauty for silence"
Attachment to historical figures and amorous attachment. The problems of attachment -- Sorting through the significance of attachment through the filter of another text/aura -- sorting/attachment/association.