States of Poetry 2016 - New South Wales | 'Ascriptions' by Pam Brown

I love the whole world
          she said,
  without sounding
   corporate

           (Agnes Martin
                          said it)

I love arctic phlox
   but
     have never seen it

                      *

a bit 'light'
on equipment –
        a T-square
        & a tape measure

      might need extra
                   for researching

                to avoid
              grains of salt

                         *

(an ascription)
               Agnes Martin
               was a lesbian

tho
she often
denied it

                  wonder
                  how her lovers
                  took that?

             *

&, now,
a new question

               it's
               for Moe Tucker

(Velvets drummer)

why why
      the Tea Party?

furious
about the way
we're being led
towards socialism

                    (Moe Tucker
                               said it)

no no no Moe
'we're' not
       &
       that's the trouble

politics though
can happen
       ominously,
with what
between
       the rich & the socialites
       & technology

           couldn't play
            a perfect roll
for a million dollars

moody

cymbals
never mattered

                      *

Agnes Martin,
              had she lived
              long long long,
 might have been
      Tea Party

her capable paintings
put me
to sleep
            (reproduction only)

making a map
      of hints
      & clues

you'll never know
    what
abstraction
    is
          unless
          you ask
          the women

                 *

I dream another grid

 

Pam Brown

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