ashfoot, ashfoot

under moonball capsules of starlight

take two tubes of the sea

and with hipster tone,

squeeze upon my subterranean pinnacle

handcuffed to a midnight train

brakeman with burning lantern

punched me to nothing more,

take two more boxes to burn

smoke and steam

play it cool

sinister strapped luggage fell

to which i became lashed

tunnel -bone condemnation

under white haired

fawns feet

voices from regions unknown

lifted me away

to churches with horns

and fed capsules of better things

hopping away the vision

pierced bone

i was no longer

the bum

with sorry leg

dada at dVerse poets an interesting cut up as i used Gregory Corso In the Tunnel Bone of Cambridge which is below
IN THE TUNNEL-BONE OF CAMBRIDGE
1
In spite of voices-
Cambridge and all its regions
Its horned churches with fawns’ feet
Its white-haired young
and ashfoot legions-
I decided to spend the night

But that hipster-tone of my vision agent
Decided to reconcile his sound with the sea leaving me flat
North of the Charles
So now I’m stuck here-—
a subterranean
lashed to a pinnacle

2
I don’t know the better things that people know
All I know is the deserter condemned me to black-
He said: Gregory, here’s two boxes of night one tube of moon
And twenty capsules of starlight, go an’ have a ball-
He left and the creep took all my Gerry Mulligan records with him

3
But he didn’t cut out right then
I saw him hopping
On Brattle street today-
he’s got a bum leg
on his way to the tunnel-bone
He made like he didn’t see me
He was trying to play it cool

4
Wild in the station-bone
Strapped in a luggage vision-bone
made sinister by old lessons of motion
The time-tablebone said: Black

Handcuffed to a minister
Released in a padded diesel
The brakeman punched my back: Destination, black

Out the window I could see my vision agent
hopping along the platform
swinging a burning-lantern-bone like mad
All aboard, he laughed, all aboard
Far into the tunnel-bone I put my ear to the ear
of the minister–and I could hear
the steel say to the steam
and the steam to the roar: a black ahead
A black ahead a black and nothing more.

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Comments
  1. hypercryptical says:

    Lovely ghostly stuff – and glad you are no longer the bum with the sorry leg!:o]

    Anna :o]

  2. I think I like yours better!

  3. kaykuala says:

    Beautifully done! I find it very interesting when I did mine. The poem can go in any direction without inhibition. It would end up in a good way, somehow! Nicely Chris!

    Hank

  4. bostonpoetry says:

    Hot damn- the source is a hell of a poem, what a great choice- and you rocked it! Great Dadaist writing here. The word ‘moonball’ alone does it for me. Geez, this is killer. Epic. -Mike

  5. brian miller says:

    handcuffed to a night train…ha…now that would be a ride…the two tubes squeeze is a very cool part as well….fun exercise….

  6. Chazinator says:

    This is a very interesting, and successful implementation of the dada method. I like the idea that you used Gregory Corso is your primary text. Since he’s a poet, whose writing style seems to be cut up to begin with.

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