Monday, 28 July 2008

pressed poetry

I'm trying very hard to keep this blog strictly letterpress related and not a daily entry about my upcoming wedding. But because the nuptials are coming up, it's what I've been dealing with recently. So, when I can combine the two, it's a relief! I'm looking forward to getting this poem by Jeffrey McDaniel to paper with the Adana as part of our ceremony program.

The Quiet World

In an effort to get people to look
into each other's eyes more,
and also to appease the mutes,
the government has decided
to allot each person exactly one hundred
and sixty-seven words, per day.

When the phone rings, I put it to my ear
without saying hello. In the restaurant
I point at chicken noodle soup.
I am adjusting well to the new way.

Late at night, I call my long distance lover,
proudly say I only used fifty-nine today.
I saved the rest for you.

When she doesn't respond,
I know she's used up all her words,
so I slowly whisper I love you
thirty-two and a third times.
After that, we just sit on the line
and listen to each other breathe.

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