not that edward estlin wrote in all lowercase, but this e.e. does it because she thought his rebellion against syntax was extraordinary. his complete works will be delivered to my house in about a week, and i am stokedizzle. i’ve always liked this poem, but i especially like it today. ‘splainsmybrain boutcha:
“since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;

wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are a better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don’t cry
– the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids’ flutter which says

we are for each other; then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life’s not a paragraph

And death i think is no parenthesis”

sigh. mmmph. i just want ______________________.

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