On Some Differences in Style
Spare arctic landscape scoured
clean of colour by the howling blast.
Wind trims every stripling, eats
bark from trees, polishes
snow to steel, leaves
as lichens do:
grey whorls tightly clinging.
Build no fires.
Let/ no searing tongues leap.
(Let nothing be
anywhere/ on the plain.)
Cover is everything.)
II. Rules for American Poetry
1. Add every word you know. Extra locutions too!
2. Make it jump! Make it jazz! Make it jangle, rumble, rattle and rhyme.
3. A little chili; let it sizzle; fry some fat; do add salt.
4. Bite down hard.
5. Let crumbs fly.
6. The sun is high, don’t bother with a hat.
Columbus, Ohio, USA //West Quoddy, NS, CANADA