Monday, August 3, 2009

Watch out for the oft-surly adjectives!

The Student Theme

by Ronald Wallace

The adjectives all ganged up on the nouns,
insistent, loud, demanding, inexact,
their Latinate constructions flashing. The pronouns
lost their referents: They were dangling, lacked
the stamina to follow the prepositions' lead
in, on, into, to, toward, for, or from.
They were beset by passive voices and dead
metaphors, conjunctions shouting But! or And!

The active verbs were all routinely modified
by adverbs, that endlessly and colorlessly ran
into trouble with the participles sitting
on the margins knitting their brows like gerunds
(dangling was their problem, too). The author
was nowhere to be seen; was off somewhere.



Verbose indeed ;) but very creative.Nice flow.
Keep blogging

eric said...

"dirt" reminds me of something that Snyder once alluded to, i.e. the idea of entering a watershed on one's hands and knees (The Porous World):

"You go down, crawl swift along...Be a quadruped, or if necessary. a snake. You brush cool dew off a young fir with your face. The delicate aroma of leaf molds and mylcelium rise from the tumbled humus under your hand..." Later he notes, "It's not for everyone, this world of little scats and tiny tracks."

the redhead said...

Thanks for the comments.

I'm loving the Snyder quote. Will have to read some more of his writing. It has been a while...