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Monday, February 17, 2014

Texting at the Wheel

In Edward Dorn's collection, Hello, La Jolla (1978), There is a lovely little black-and-white photo, a profile, taken by Jennifer Dorn, of Dorn driving on a mountainside highway. It introduces the so-called  "101 section."

As Dorn explains, poems in this section were written "with one hand tied to the steering wheel, driving. I mention this not to mention writing is still capable of illegality, but that it is necessary beyond considerations of place and time. A rather open scrawl while one's eyes are fixed on the road is the only trick to be mastered."

Here's the first poem in the series, "A View, from 101":

One flew over the Cuckoo's nest
Playing right next to
Trailer Park Village

The factory neatly retailing
Its product

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