Poems

Heather Nagami

Schematics

 

Call attention to the concrete.  Intuitively, we

understand and feel concrete. 

 

Concrete can be constructed of data from any of the big

plastic machines at the movie theater where popcorn is made. 

Grabbing popcorn out of the bag in the dark.  Feeling salt

grind under your nails in the bag in the dark.

Go for specificity.

See the puff.

See the seed.

 

Zoom into a close-up.  See the little ring on her little

finger like a little band of stars on her finger.

 

Render     Cinematic     Specificity

 

Does the form express your really true feeling?

Ask yourself, have I done something

 

sexy     irreverent     rebellious

 

Your concrete is inventing itself.

A sense of wholeness, integrity,

that feels true to you.

What shape appeals to you?

 

the hourglass, the cone, the Erlenmeyer flask

 

There is a kind of plastic surgery called otoplasty.

I think itís beautiful.

Look for specialized concrete that hasnít been employed before.

 

And lastly, be consistent within a certain formula

 

     home + gun = safety

 

and other such givens.

 

The hallmark of an emerging form

is coming.  Catch it while you can.

 

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