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Call Me Ishmael

Circulation. And long long
Mind every
Interest Some how mind and every long

Coffin about little little
Money especially
I shore, having money about especially little

Cato a little little
Me extreme
I sail have me an extreme little

Cherish and left, left, 
Myself extremest
It see hypos myself and extremest left,

City a land. Land. 
Mouth; east,
Is spleen, hand mouth; an east, land.


From Stanzas for Iris Lezak, published by Something Else Press, 1971. Copyright © 1972 by Jackson Mac Low. Reprinted with permission.


Jackson Mac Low

A poet, composer, and writer of performance pieces, essays, plays, and radio works, Jackson Mac Low was born in Chicago on September 12, 1922. 

Date Published: 1972-01-01

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