"Il n'y a pas de hors-texte"

by Jason Wardell

The unending variance:
white X--youthful zest--
and black canvas.
Divine eloquence, forming genesis.

Hail, imaginative jubilance!--
killing legislation, murdering nations,
or proposing questions.
Resounding silence--
the unending violence.


Author's Note: Part 1/4. Written under the influence of a boring lit class, the Derrida quote I used as the title, and this poem. Emdashes are addictive.

Posted on 10/26/2006
Copyright © 2022 Jason Wardell

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Rachelle Howe on 10/28/06 at 04:39 PM

Nice abecedarian! Very solid. I've never been able to pull those off.

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 10/31/06 at 09:21 PM

Well, that's one place to write a poem. Derrida's deconstructive theory drove me crazy when I had my lit theory class. Long as you were sitting in the back of the class, writing poems works well. ;-)

Posted by Therese Elaine on 09/10/07 at 01:08 AM

I want parts 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4...I'm greedy that way.

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