Paul Pfleuger, Jr.

making business
sense this
or any pronoun
will reach
see: her torch
wept for
see: polar bears
clear as life
post whatnot
now and then
making out
some answer
to songs
of our unflowering
in the inevitable grammar
we endure.

Paul Pfleuger, Jr.’s work has appeared in a number of print and online publications. A Zodiac, a collection of his work, was released by Red Moon Press in 2013.
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Blogger Jack Galmitz said...

A good poem, Paul.
Yet, wouldn't it be fair to say that language is as well use-value as exchange-value?
I was just watching a video of a train moving through a city made to accompany music.
The rails upon which the train travels can run alongside a rail for trains going in the opposite direction. Actually, we depend on these "lines," these barriers and orders for our safety and in language for our communication. After all, words like "wept" and "endure" have great impact here and cannot be substituted for "whatnot." At least, I don't think so.
So, that said, I'm not sure that grammar is something we must "endure" and that it is the cause of our "unflowering."
Anyway, I enjoyed the poem and think it is very well-made and thoughtful.

4:03 AM  
Blogger Jack Galmitz said...

I would just add that while I may enjoy and see the reasoning behind the poems of Bruce Andrews and see the new way of words relating to one another in his work, I think that poetry written grammatically and with words deployed in common usage are not therefore naive.
I think that a poem is meant for a reader to see in it the reflection of language and its workings and the workings of his mind in his inheritance of this language.
As Duchamp said that the context of a museum is what made a found object a work of art, so the lineation of poetry as opposed to prose is what makes it a poem.

4:09 AM  

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