Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Collaborative work

The work I picked was a project done by Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton. They have been working together for 15 years, and they have 3 collaborative books published. The way they came about this was Denise was reading into it & found it interesting so contacted another poet she was interesting doing work with. They switch off line by line. The poem is posted bellow, I found this one to be most interesting.

Exquisite Politics

by Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton
The perfect voter has a smile but no eyes,
maybe not even a nose or hair on his or her toes,
maybe not even a single sperm cell, ovum, little paramecium.
Politics is a slug copulating in a Poughkeepsie garden.
Politics is a grain of rice stuck in the mouth
of a king. I voted for a clump of cells,
anything to believe in, true as rain, sure as red wheat.
I carried my ballots around like smokes, pondered big questions,
resources and need, stars and planets, prehistoric
languages. I sat on Alice's mushroom in Central Park,
smoked longingly in the direction of the mayor's mansion.
Someday I won't politic anymore, my big heart will stop
loving America and I'll leave her as easy as a marriage,
splitting our assets, hoping to get the advantage
before the other side yells: Wow! America,
Vespucci's first name and home of free and brave, Te amo.

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