twenty-fifth collection of poems. It represents the best of his recent
innovative work. This is the territory of dada, chance, textural manipulation,
cut & fold, collage, paste, rip, clip, and sheer direct invention.
It falls into three sections. The first covers the role of the poet,
the nature of the self, the relation of the Anglo-Welsh poet to his
fellow writers and to the wider traditions of poetry and prose in
the contemporary world. The second reprints the two long process pieces
dedicated to sound poet Bob Cobbing and to Tai Chi Master Cheng Man
Ch'ing. The final third takes as its governing theme the distant relationship
between science and the humanities in Western culture. In these poetries
prose often dominates in a way which suggests its apparently technical
authority has been invaded by the antibodies of the creative imagination.
confronts formal and thematic considerations of great moment and currency
in our society. It is a work that is neither congenial or inviting.
The wit is here but the reader has to work to uncover it. This is
Finch off the platform. Finch the permanent innovator, Finch the poet
stretching verse into new shape, Finch at the edge, where he is at
is published at £7.95 by Stride, Rupert Loydell's adventurous publishing
outfit in Exeter.
paperback. isbn 1900152223 £7.95
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blod oak broom meadowsweet
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Hills are harder
Hills are retreat
Kings are bramble
Kings are rags
Rags are hard
Rags are grass
Treachery is table
Clinging is taut
Clung is bright
Battles are bream
Battles are hollow
Bramble battles are grit
Proudness is hate
Kings are warm
Kings are bright
Kings are shirts
Kings are shout
Kings are hard
Kings are arses
Hills are brittle
Hills are tables
Trout is brittle
Bards are grit
Bards are arse tables
Bards are bright
Bards are warm hinges
Hanging is hollow
Hanging is finished
King is coarse
Kong is whim
Hills are washed
Bards are hope
Kings are unable
Trout is hatred
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Man Ch'ing Variations
In the dark Man
Ch'ing looks like a burglar. Soft footed so smooth. Silent. But there
is nothing under his arms, in his hands. They arrested him once for
suspicion Chinaman in back-lane it was enough. When Cheng Man Ch'ing
asking himself not why but asking himself who. Should never be difficulties
but there were. In his head middle of his head when he arrived which
was seldom he was Cheng Man Ch'ing. This Cheng this man Ch'ing was
no spectral being nothing vague something solid and definite. you
could touch if he'd give up yeilding like the wind like thick water.
He never did. Asking himself who but it didn't matter. Doubt. In all
these moments of fleeting these streaky times when the fragments of
passivity colected there was palpable peace. Passivity. And doubt.
Maybe not. Next moment. Last moment. Perhaps. Possibly. Doubt.
In his back pocket he kept a Yang family tree. Huge thing like a heating
duct plan for an office block. Given to him by a Californiam or an
Australian. If you read it back he seemed to be descended directly
from the First Patriarch. With paper you could prove anything.
Cheng Man Ch'ing a measurable risk
Operable at altitudes
Subject to variation with batch
but batch itself secure
Sample in catalogue merely a guide
using available printer's inks
EU patent possible.
Do not use abrasives.
Protected under international convention.
Replica buried in sand under
Salt Lake City by way of insurance.
(Cheng Man Ch'ing - Tai Chi Master 1901 - 1975)
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obob (p solo)
cobn (tb; clo; cbsspn)
cobn (acc. jig, footo)
cobn (bj, tongue vib)
cobn (phcbr jam)
cobn (Cypriot bread)
and the Solomonic quintet
Zoot Horn Cobdunski
Big Lips Bing Boppo
Cripled Hard Armed Cobbono
Hannibal Cobarnish Petersen
Cannon Cannon (mgr)
ggs chp (wknds)
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Action of antibodies
against snake venom is simple: the antibody alone disarms the toxin.
Antibodies can also neutralise bacteria. Zigzay structure ('The tape-
recorder's treatment of the voice teaches the human new tricks of
rhythm and tone' - Cobbing: We Aspire To Bird Song). Antibodies
can combat some viruses by binding to them and preventing them from
invading cells. These bindings of idea on idea have immense application.
With the majority of micro-organisms, the antibody needs help to kill
the invader. Examples include the George Harrison 'My Sweet Lord'
settlement, Glyn Jones's unresolved gull's wing action against Hugh
MacDiarmid, pale revision John Cooper Clarke's 'Subterranean Homesick
cause inflammation and bring other immune cells into the infected
area. There is a possibility of using cells to carry out the binding
activity deliberately. Immune systems are taught to ' listen' to artificial
activity and remember the pattern using cell displacement. This process
is known as 'thymic education' where the immune system, now unable
to attack its own cells, can readily recall the intellectual associations
of previous chance activity in others and replecate them. This is
undoubtedly an emotional driven creative activity. Some immunologists
believe that any chance derived output remaining and bound to the
body's own molecular system is either further converted or destroyed.
Others disagree and believe the educative process lies elsewhere.
Their reporting of these matters can be virulent and disturbing. For
many participants this is simply the point. Exactly what happens during
their thymic education remains gloriously uncertain.
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