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Sound and Structure

"Sound leads to structure." Schönberg.

On this dry prepared path walk heavy feet.
This is not "dinner music." This is a power structure.
heavy as eyelids.
Beams are laid. The master cuts music for the future.

Sound lays the structure. Sound leaks into the future.


From Miniatures. Copyright © 2002 by Barbara Guest. Courtesy of Wesleyan University Press


Barbara Guest

The author of numerous collections of poetry, Barbara Guest was predominantly a writer of the New York School.

Date Published: 2002-01-01

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