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ISSUE I (Sept/Oct 2006)

_ Blade Pitch Control Unit
_ A CROCK REVERIE / A Crock Reverie
_ Before and After Mallarmé
_ The Descent of Alette
_ Real.izing the Utopian Longing...
_ The Unconditional
_ Begetting Textile
_ Stretchers


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About

The Descent Of Alette
Alice Notley (Penguin, 1992)

A Note by Drs. & Mrs. Overwhelmingly Blister
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THERE'S ONLY FOUR PERIODS IN ALETTE. HAS ANYONE NOTICED THAT? A PERIOD IN EACH OF THE FOUR BOOKS OF THE POEM. PGS 27, 60, 86 & 124. TOWARDS A PERIODIC THEORY. HERE'S PAGE 86 REPRODUCED:

"Presently" "we neared a pale beach," "narrow" "with trees behind it"
"thick and blue-black," "& lights" "many lights" "deep inside the"
"wooded land" "I touched bottom" "& walked ashore" "Then I saw"
"a final entity," "airy image, pass" "out of my body—" "from my

forehead" "A small shape," "perhaps brain-shaped," "that seemed to"
"contain in miniature" "the cave network" "where I had been"
"I saw the rooms—" "the caverns—" "streaked with color," "dotted with
lights," "but all tiny" "as in a honeycomb" "The image" "receded,"

"gently floated" "away" "on the wind," "like a flower" "a hibiscus—"
"all reds & darks" "yellow glow—" "Or like a lantern," "paper
lantern" "Then was gone." "The others" "other swimmers" "had not
walked ashore" "with me" "I turned to find them" "I thought they

must be" "still floating" "in the water" "But they had vanished,"
"I was alone" "Myself &" "alone" "Yet emptied" "of much, it seemed"
"I felt unburdened" "& even bouyant"

THIS POEM DOES YOUR DIRTY LAUNDRY WITH A 360º SMILE. IT DOESN'T NEED THE OTHER POEMS TO LIVE IN OUR NOTE ON IT. SURE, ALETTE SHOULD BE READ FROM THE FIRST POEM TO THE LAST B/C IT DOES EVERYTHING HARRY POTTER DOES WITHOUT ALL THE ARBY'S GHOST. BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN ISOLATION ISN'T NECESSARY.

BACK TO THAT PERIOD AND WHAT IT MAKES HAPPEN. WHO ARE WE IN THIS? [MIRROR] THE PATTERNS WE EAT THRU, SHIT TUNNELS OUT OF, WALKED PAST TUBES YESTERDAY, ROADKILL SHOT YEN BLUE. [END MIRROR] IMAGINE IF PATTERN COULD 'THEN WAS GONE' PERIOD. LIKE DISAPPEARING WITHOUT THE PROBLEMATIC OF VISION. A DIRTY WORD FOR THAT WOULD BE VACATION. WHO THEN WILL MAKE CLAIMS ABOUT THE OTHER THREE PERIODS?

SICK OF ON THING, WE'RE READING THIS POEM ALOUD.

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Posted September 11, 2006