The Pointless Nether Plow

By Will Alexander b. 1948 Will Alexander
It is farming in an inclement sun system
like a powerless nether beast
fallen amidst random stellar debris

fruit changes form
light then quavers across distorted mural relics

the farmer then living as a clarified adder
his land forms compressed
his wheat suspended & flaring
his unstable forms
carving his soil with volcanic blue seeds

Will  Alexander, “The Pointless Nether Plow” from Compression & Purity, City Lights Spotlight No. 5. Copyright © 2011 by Will  Alexander. Reprinted by permission of City Lights Books.

Source: Compression and Purity (City Lights Books, 2011)

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Poet Will Alexander b. 1948

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Poet, novelist, visual artist, philosopher, essayist, and pianist—Will Alexander is not easily categorized. Though his work is frequently described as “surreal” and he has published mainly with small presses and imprints, Alexander does not fit any clichéd image of the generation of avant-garde poets that began publishing in the 1970s and ‘80s. The son of a World War II veteran, Alexander was influenced by the revolutionary . . .

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SUBJECT Activities, Jobs & Working, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics, Social Commentaries, Town & Country Life

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