Friday, October 03, 2008

Friday Poetry: Gertrude Stein

I'm finding this one interesting. She always feels a little obscure to me, but it's hard to stop thinking about pieces of her writing sometimes.


Gertrude Stein
Scenes from the Door

The Ford
It is earnest.
Aunt Pauline is earnest.
We are earnest.
We are united.
Then we see.

Red Faces
Red flags the reason for pretty flags.
And ribbons.
Ribbons of flags
And wearing material
Reason for wearing material.
Give pleasure.
Can you give me the regions.
The regions and the land.
The regions and wheels.
All wheels are perfect.

What Is This
You can't say it's war.
I love conversation.

Do you like it printed.
I like it descriptive.
Not very descriptive.
Not very descriptive.
I like it to come easily
And then.
Crystal and cross.
Does not lie on moss.
The three ships.
You mean washing the ships.
One was a lady.
A nun.
She begged meat
Two were husband and wife.
They had a rich father-in-law to the husband.
he did dry cleaning.
And the third one.
A woman.
She washed.
Then this is the way we were helped.
Not interested
We are very much interested.

Why is the world at peace.
This may astonish you a little but when you realise how easily Mrs. Charles Bianco sells the work of American painters to American millionaires you will recognise that authorities are constrained to be relieved. Let me tell you a story. A painter loved a woman. A musician did not sing. A South African loved books. An American was a woman and needed help. Are Americans the same as incubators. But this is the rest of the story. He became an authority.

A Radical Expert
Can you please by asking what is expert. And then we met one another. I do not think it right. Marksman. Expert. Loaf. Potato bread. Sugar Card. Leaf. And mortar. What is the meaning of white wash. The upper wall.
That sounds well.
And then we sinned.
A great many jews say so.

Once in English they said America. Was it English to them.
Once they said Belgian.
We like a fog.
Do you for weather.
Are we brave.
Are we true.
Have we the national colour.
Can we stand ditches.
Can we mean well.
Do we talk together.
Have we red cross.
A great many people speak of feet.
And socks.


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