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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.

Credit


From A Book of Music by Jack Spicer. From The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan University Press, 2008). Used by permission.

Author


Jack Spicer

Jack Spicer was born John Lester Spicer on January 30, 1925,

Date Published: 2008-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/improvisations-sentence-poe