Prefix: Finding the measure
Finding the measure is finding the mantram,
is finding the moon, as index of measure,
is finding the moon’s source;
if that source
is Sun, finding the measure is finding
the natural articulation of ideas.
of the macrocosm, the organism of language,
the organism of I combine in ceaseless naturing
to propagate a fourth,
from their trinity.
Style is death. Finding the measure is finding
a freedom from that death, a way out, a movement
Finding the measure is finding the
specific music of the hour,
consequence of the motion of the whole world.
Sam Hamill first showed me this poem at Kenneth Rexroth’s house in Montecito. It is still my favorite.
Art: Detail of Astronomical Halo, from Le Livre des Sept Ages du Monde, by Simon Marmion [c.1460]