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Alland This poetic trace was used in:
Poem 27:
I don’t get it I don’t get it I don’t get it I don’t get it

Poem 31: Loss
Poem 37: Satisfactions are gaps in desire


The Sonnets

Within this factual           system              I hold this
Curse: I hail portent        limits                 aloft.
Verse is a granitic,         endemic             loss,
Thief of a                      lying voice; a       ghostly cough.

Include in the                 arsenal               the fact of clay.
Disrupt, ban the             thermal poet        writing.
His cry is a projective     fable,                 body
In titian bath with           stale smog,         with telling.

Feuds of                        critic leakage      to dodge gaping
Gloom, I echo                after                   iambic chaos.
Alter to combine             optic sonnet        meaning.

Utilize                            proprioceptive      surplus.

What                              of man’s              basic genius goal?
Fault ritual usage,           his fusion             of soul.


First syllable, first column fulfills the Petrarchan;
Second, in the middle, is Shakespearean; and third Spenserian.