FOREWORD TO KAMAU 85, AN ARTSETC SPECIAL

Poet
is a craftsperson, oral or literary, ideally both, who deals in metrical and/or rhythmical—sometimes riddmical—wordsongs, wordsounds, wordwounds & meanings, within a certain code of order or dis/order—what Antonio Benítez-Rojo calls creative chaos. These word/sound/meanings are caught out of the mind or moment’s sky as it were & etched into the ground and underdrones of the poet’s/of the artist’s culture. And from the ground of that culture is he/ she grown// is he/ she known// is he .she be/ come

EXCERPT FROM RHYTHMS (TO EKB: IN RESPONSE TO YOUR CONCERNED QUERY "WHAT RHYTHMS WILL WRITERS USE NOW?")


VI

roaring seas of cane rows
whisper shouted echoes of Harding's reign
are
replaced by the chaotic clatter of houses
heights and terraces

children bewitched 
by the 
deadzonedrone
of cartoons
video games
other modern babysitters