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caesurae and ballroom bellinis

‘FORGET that you live in houses, that you may live in yourself–‘ 
               Mina Loy (Aphorisms on Futurism)



virelay: drayton gloss: colons
ambergris: so to use: perfumes
battening: said to boo: thrive
bellwether: minims: lead sheep
chapelet: billions: wreath for
clip: the hand lounge: to kiss

crankling: fees eh: lets twist
dowset: knitted pretty: doucet
estridge: took flight: ostrich
frouncing: thats lol: frizzing
hind: the living bung: peasant
impresa: still tridents: motto

kelled: the douche nod: webbed
leven: in demo mode: lightning
mell: to bruise: mingle meddle
orpharion: gutless: lutes then
penny-feather: tootling: miser
roundelay: goose jig: refrains

simple: ballroom bellini: herb
stover: with chips: snowy grub
taw: dodecaphonic swab: to tow
ure: short-lined to spend: use
whig: the glosses: butter milk
zany: in mounting panic: mimes

 

 

 

toggles: fanshawe notes: semis
cancelled stanza: starrs: cute
or gaudy: vide puppies: waters
betting or firing: doe: vetted
reliques: be broyl’d again: or
one upshot: sayle: tinged with

verdicts: fanning windes: pure
white: can still this: mangled
semantic: blankers: degen’rous
place holder: lofty: strangely
itself a toggling: mickle: air
with this: this merely: sticks

by nature: merely petal: souls
slight variant: printed: error
in purse: who wound: as inward
dimme: dimm’d: latin’d obscura
shogge: shoogled: side to side
dravell’d: wet of saliva: made

to engrayle: rough: or prickly
indented edge: margin: a sheet
roaping: dumbing up: thickened
would: as in wou’d: then wooed
lother: taken to: print rather
source: not identified: a plat

 

 

 

beyond seas: lovelacing: turns
blue-god: phone hacks: Neptune
to make better: groom: sensing
clue: googlers: ball of thread
the common suage: hip: assuage
sarabandes: then: triple timer

to nard: sans microsoft: aroma
gilt-plaits: red top: patchier
cozening: sweet tabbed: cheats
clouded: literally: in the sky
the minikin: studious: trebles
in buskins: satellite tv: boot

box or show: sludger: sexed up
boorein: see page 3: a peasant
in gyves: now kettled: fetters
incarnadine: as dogs: to flesh
motions: that to folk: puppets
green-god: fire truck: Neptune

his queen: all egg: Amphitrite
crisping: mid chariot: curling
neat: pass the duchies: cattle
hallowed: be thy demo: hollows
antic: the looter blue: absurd
gust: the disputed bill: taste

 

 

 

[Drew Milne's books of poetry include Go Figure (2003), Mars Disarmed (2002) and The Damage: New and Selected Poems (2001). Two chapbooks are forthcoming this year – equipollence and The View from Royston Cave – along with a larger collection of poems from Shearsman entitled Blueprints & Ziggurats. Website: http://drewmilne.tripod.com]

 

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