By Fred Moten
The Little Edges is a set of poems that extends poet Fred Moten's experiments in what he calls "shaped prose"—a method of arranging prose in rhythmic blocks, or occasionally shards, within the curiosity of audio-visual patterning. formed prose is a kind that works the "little edges" of lyric and discourse, and radiates out into the gap among them. As occasional items, some of the poems within the booklet are the results of a request or fee to remark upon a piece of paintings, or to memorialize a specific second or individual. In Moten's poems, the problem and effort of a unique occasion or individual are remodeled through their front into the social area that they, in flip, remodel.
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Paul in mining. the social life of things beside themselves, laughing through alan lomax. a lot of times, just sitting around, people be talking about the work it comes from. a lot of times people be sitting around talking about how some people think it only comes from sitting around. mosquito turned that just by tuning up across the river. hear all that endlessly beginning segue in c? sing it so the count come back clear in a flat array of rows. parchman’s general intellect is a blues for julius eastman.
All. in her nocturnal upon hiring-day, being the hardest day, she experiment like a scientist. she escape when she finish. I prepare you for the incline. the dancers were dodging bullets but I love you secretly. the one I call to speak for me don’t say. all green as virgil’s moan, as jah’s row, as point’s coup, my reasons turn your snows to green, what sass sound like in sarah vaughan. is wittgenstein silent on love or just muted? is citation a mute or a microphone or miles’ whisper muted in the microphone?
The southern question of travel makes a joyful noise and moves slowly in awareness. Now we can speculate on the relay of our common activity, make a circle round our errant roots. Dancing is what we make of falling. Music is what we make of music’s absence, the real presence making music underneath. I’m exhausted so my soul is rested. | 23 Ralph Lemon was born in Alternative, Mississippi. Like many alternatives of Mississippi he was schooled in a chain of monastic launchpads, reading underconceptual repair, making arrangements and the theory of repercussion.