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october, instead of.
 

notch on calendrical map,
a where things take
place. a name.
names.
here,
taipei, once.
here,
eire, once.

a stead for insteads,
hinge for antipodean turns.
averts, avoids,
voids. departures.

what words do and
writing’s made baroque,
turn things to ends.
turn them in, turn them out.
turn down. turn up.
over under.
turn away turn round a
woven rapture.

betray their occasion, words

hug
margins they
glide
slide
elide
like water
way find round any
thing
end any
where wrong where
in

wear things thin, to no thing.
end any thing.

where were we.

october. in
steads.

eads of October, inst.
ead, a Saxon word signifying happy,
fortunate (but cf.
ides, of March).

october.
oughts,
month of.
month of oughts (two oughts),
of owings and mowings,
plans too late (some),
mooted (some),
stillborn (more).

aughts
naughts rather, noughts,
availeth not
here been,
before.

orter say somewhat
orts, about
october worts, say
ortworts
ortwords

asters and
an
o
ka
si
on
al
rose
.

seen 59 of these,
mostways don’t recall,
outside what's leaden scrawl.

 
from Guardian Poster Poems for October.
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9 October 2012
tags: insteads; october; steads