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use of language

Posted to Utterances

In some ways I'd have to say that it is the most impressive poem I've ever read -- not because of the content but rather the style and language, the use of colloquialisms, the odd rhymes, the catchy phrases. Like ...

"restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
and sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells"


"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons"

or, I guess my favorite:

"Should I, after tea and cakes and ices,
Have the strength to force the moment to its crisis?"

There's just something so WEIRD about it. It blew me away the first time I read it years ago, and made me want to start writing poems myself, and I guess in every poem I've ever written I've tried to imitate those weird phrasings.

-- Levi