Improvisations On A Sentence By Poe
"Indefiniteness is an element of the true music." The grand concord of what Does not stoop to definition. The seagull Alone on the pier cawing its head off Over no fish, no other seagull, No ocean. As absolutely devoid of meaning As a French horn. It is not even an orchestra. Concord Alone on a pier. The grand concord of what Does not stoop to definition. No fish No other seagull, no ocean—the true Music.
From A Book of Music by Jack Spicer. From The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan University Press, 2008). Used by permission.