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from Cold Rivets, by Jerome Rothenberg

August 07, 1994

COLD RIVETS

Third Year syllabus.

OLD AGE

Stand by the wall.

Sit at the window.

At the scene of the crime.

ECLIPSE

A foot stands in the doorway.

THE DAY OF REST

A bonfire.

Howls or shrieks of joy.

A MORAL COWARD

He eats a cold meal in the evening.

BLOOD CLOT

A pebble.

Broken flint.

The art of driving.

TORPOR

At the point of death.

A LITTLE MAN

Sweat rolling off

his forehead, raining

on the priest.

THIEVES

With solemn manners.

Hooks set in squares.

THE WHIP

This wall obstructs the view.

From "Gematria" by Jerome Rothenberg. (Sun & Moon : $11.95; 166 pp.) Jerome Rothenberg teaches at the University of California, San Diego. "Gematria" refers to a form of traditional Jewish numerology, in which every letter of the Hebrew alphabet is also a number. 1994 Reprinted by permission.

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