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Jackson Mac Low was born in Chicago on September 12, 1922. He was...
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Forties 30: Troelstrup Nightmare Flare Competition

 
by Jackson Mac Low

Troelstrup nightmare risen     quiz motivátion-issue tincture reality
twélve-knit tissue crest     nést-modulation excrescence nativity
flý-by-níght trilateral tusk     tenser flagrant rag     mortal
limp insistence ancilla Detroit     tourmaline torque encarceled discography metal 
    alert     turnabout         Timorese
liquid equipment Falásha                twíce-tóld


Notice     emblematic tamper     various     mérit-badge particulars     tango anoint soporific
flicker monastic inéquity-requital     fóreigner-enactment
toast     nótion-counter ASCII fortune loris          lordosis
sole     Mon tortilla ferocity laminated klieg     Mittwoch deuce     dapple     nepotism 
    rábbit-page          Nanook alleluia
noûs capíto eastern scholia strobe


Liberá me    end of Borrómmlio fair as two trace          reply
our room     quando coeli movéndi sunt unscheduled saint in progress sticker
laboratory victim     metonymic strait     safehouse mix
ticket activity fantasy answer encyclical láff-movie Rupert in serigraph rubric telepathy sappy 
    paper sapience odds
grow     sac melography metaphor axial


Sank     drift     cyclic metaphysics amylation tocks deco_
Nostradamus income tax excerpted fa-lá     twist     cove
summarized eightfold share     appearances dance endure
atom-come-and-góne-again taking different forms     passing dream     bad tomatoes unfolding 
    into the light          no     real     self
persist in that union forever



Persia couplets Sufism section     merchant parrot sorry
zeal increasingly wary of slogans     Dallas reforms     television
Cuba's foreign trade excéss     ideological álly     sugar     oil
rationing purity earlier petrol fumes     cue          now-it's-wórse     hurt     everything'll come 
    despised     difficulties doubt
not in social prop          áptitude-depict 


Political pester to click     yeárs-execution     held for nonviolent
sentence conditions abuses admit     basically fearfully
armed economist     distant enthusiasm dense     impossible town
improve eclectic witness latest fuse     hula radio map     pole they hold     sanctions imposed on 
    violator loch installations
optimistic place resolve     shéd-jewel beat


Neither the wherewithal nor the subdominant topical speculate
involved interlocutor confident rich     wínter-par stucco
virtually key     decision slake discovery repudiate a long way off
influx of likely condemn     hostile application ripening justice labor remainder integral Münster 
    reminder provisional
meaningful change     largely invited observers


Court sforzando journalist     Irawaddy délta-area separatist
flagpole valiant local Midol pressure     immer-adorátion pasture
selfish figures cancel leísure-potential méssed-up plants
how well government harvest Albania probe across the Balkan state     chunnel critiques support 
    foreseeable sea
foreseeable Hague     flare competition

 

 

Caesural spaces = durations of silence and/or prolongations of 
final phonemes or syllables:
               4 letter spaces [    ] = 1 unstressed syllable;
8 letter spaces [        ] = 1 stressed syllable or beat; 16 letter 
spaces [                ] = 2 beats;
none occurs between typographical lines; breath pauses at verse-line 
endings ad lib.

 

Nonorthographic acute accents indicate stresses, not vowel qualities. 
Each hyphenated compound is read as one extended word: somewhat more 
rapidly than other words but not hurried. [ - ] indicates a 
slowed-down compound (each member, one beat). Indented typographical 
lines continue verse lines begun above them. 






From the series "154 Forties," published in 20 Forties by Zasterle Press, 1999. Copyright © 1999 by Jackson Mac Low. Reprinted with permission.
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