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

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

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Will Alexander is a poet whom critics have not been able to categorize easily. An African-American child of the post-World War II baby boom who grew up in south central Los Angeles, he also does not fit any clichéd image of that generation's avant-garde poets. The son of a World War II veteran, Alexander was influenced by the revolutionary struggles of the Third World that first inspired his father during a military tour of the . . .

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

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