Cant

By Tyrone Williams Tyrone Williams

for Thomas Green Bethune

Thar he blows! Plus, tusks
crushed into grins, grins
host to, guest of, impish

Nature, her fort/da “jewels”
glassified behind blank
opposable pupils—Ahabit perfected

(“perhaps memory”) by/for the dicey
Veil. Auto-didact/-dialectics
staged in rent-to-rent

“crowded houses,” asea to har-har-
poon Terrible Tom’s tom-tom
stutter—VAC  C . Gone

but for “language, music,
imitation and perhaps memory.”
Owns no umbrella to forget to splay

open like a bucket. Can’t cast
down, can’t go singin’ in
the there.

Tyrone Williams, “Cant” from On Spec. Copyright © 2007 by Tyrone Williams. Reprinted by permission of Omnidawn Publishing.

Source: On Spec (Omnidawn Publishing, 2007)

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Poet Tyrone Williams

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Living, The Mind, Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics, Music

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Poet Tyrone Williams was born in Detroit, Michigan and earned his BA, MA, and PhD at Wayne State University. He is the author of a number of chapbooks, including Convalescence (1987); Futures, Elections (2004); Musique Noir (2006); and Pink Tie (2011), among others. His full-length collections of poetry include c.c. (2002), On Spec (2008), The Hero Project (2009), Adventures of Pi (2011), and Howell (2011).

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SUBJECT Living, The Mind, Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics, Music

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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