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Writing a Sand Thinking

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After the gossip one returns to grammar.
Almost to say that speech
                                        compares us
renting that   as a fact the case stands firm
             for what we own.
                                                    Pragma
by relations instance this as
              the index of my slab.  Your
slap at it.
                            The clouds pastiche aubade
Sid’s bakery delivers                                symmetry
inside an adult formula for
Saturdays. Our poppies
in history.

Steve McCaffery, “Writing a Sand Thinking” from Seven Pages Missing, Volume One: Selected Texts 1969-1999. Copyright © 2002 by Steve McCaffery. Reprinted by permission of Coach House Books.
Source: Seven Pages Missing, Volume One: Selected Texts 1969-1999 (Coach House Press, 2002)
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Writing a Sand Thinking

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  • Poet Steve McCaffery was born in Sheffield, England, and earned a BA in English and philosophy from Hull University (England), an MA from York University (Toronto), and a PhD from the program in poetics, English, and comparative literature at SUNY Buffalo.
    A critic, poet, and professor, McCaffery was part of the Canadian avant-garde poetry scene in the 1970s. His creative work has been marked by innovation and a move away from conventionally narrative forms. His oeuvre includes sound poetry (as part of the collaborative group the Four Horsemen with poets Rafael Barreto-Rivera, Paul Dutton, and bpNichol) and concrete poetry. His visual poetry is in permanent collections at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Paul Getty Research Institute in Malibu, the International Concrete Poetry Archive in Oxford, England, and the New York Public Library in New York City.
    McCaffery’s poetry publications include a number of chapbooks and full-length collections, among them...

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