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These Proceed (Stein Poem)

October 31, 2011

[Updated: 11/3/11 – Replaced line 7, removed stanza breaks]

These then are brought to our own time.
Words and loving and the seasons.
It is through the spirit.  The sun and moon and mind.
The inhabitants of objects.
This element I call the imagination.
It is the practice of intensification.
It is perfect and there is no desertion.
There is a pigeon, wondering, learning to shine.
These proceed from imagination and laughing.
They are enjoying anything, any being.
Music and insects, the sight of something.
There is a perception of differences.
Like the alternating periods of spirit.
I do it by passion into a substance.
It happens.  It is perfectly right.
A closet does not know the uses of itself.


Mon Oct 31 21:44:28 2011

Source Texts:
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature
Gertrude Stein (Selections), GERTBOT Base Nature Texts

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2011 12:17 am

    Man, that’s tight. The word “automobile” seems out of place, though. Maybe that’s on purpose.

  2. eRoGK7 permalink*
    November 1, 2011 6:26 pm

    You know, that word felt right when I wrote, but looking it over, it does falter there a bit. Perhaps I will “correct” it!

  3. November 1, 2011 9:57 pm

    This poem is awesome. Super great. Automobile immediately made me think vehicle. It did stick out…

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