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CONCEPT SCORES
by Jake Marmer


Concept Score #22

not a sound but sound’s
core,
        a vector
        trumpet footprint                       
air on a plate                               
        air tangled at the border                       
winds gather-fathering                       
        twisted con-                   
        tinent; the childhood                           
map a yellow desire                                  
    to discuss methodology                           
       fall down now rather                                
       than harder later


Concept Score #31

the idea is to switch between
bowing & plucking so often
        the strings forget
                what finger is what fugue what
which way grain                                      her underpainting
        your voice addressed                                   under those jeans
                to peel

        the at present
unutterable things we may find              somewhere
                                                                                 uttered



Concept Score #20

to think people still make careers
by sticking their roots
        into a glass of tap water
offering it for contemplation –

water’s turning colors familiar
to anyone in the business of transposing
                        chasing
                 a fish tail
of a wandering carp
        scraping off its own fins-scales
       
all about something else

not even nostalgia but
a hydroponic, as it were,
                yearning


Concept Score #8

it’s Sisyphean but
        also sexual
in a sub-par sort of a way
        but addictive, involved,
endlessly unfolding

as it is unfolding, suddenly
:
all along you wanted
to be interrupted

thinking
        it
        will always be there when you turn back but of course –

and now it is the interruption that you continue
pushing
fucking
isn’t much different

there it is, you’re a variation
two sides of the page
basement/attic
soap & foam



Jake Marmer is a poet and performer. His first poetry collection, Jazz Talmud was published by Sheep Meadow Press in 2012. Currently a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, in 2008-2009, he was a Dorot Fellow in Jerusalem. He frequently contributes to the Forward and Tablet Magazine, and is co-hosting North America’s first Jewish Poetry retreat at the KlezKanada Festival. For more information, see
http://jakemarmer.wordpress.com.

 



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