“Four Plus One K (2000-2001)”
for Lyn Hejinian
A Note on the Notes
The notes at the foot of some of these stanzas came a while after the poem was written and even after it was first published in Conjunctions: 35, American Poetry: State of the Art (Bradford Morrow, ed.). In that edition I also illustrated the pages with images of people and objects whose names began with the letter k.
These notes were first collected separately, and entitled "How Memory Deepens: Analytical Footnotes to Four Plus One K." Here, and in my book The Dik-dik's Solitude, I place the notes directly below the stanzas they refer to.
The mechanism of deepening of memory becomes clear in the present moment, where life is available.
The kitchen as playground.
Bungee mark water stain
When we purchased the online version of Britannica, we experienced a budgeting ecstasy.
A bungee is a long and strong rubberband capable of holding up a human being. A bungee mark water stain is the stain caused by the enormous splash resulting from the unplanned impact of the jumper.
Marmosets never keep any money you give them—they always return it.
Kiwis are great. The fruit, the bird, the people, the clean air, the blue skies, the benefit of the doubt.
Ice hockey bodycheck
Monkey bread fantasy
Dictionary sailboat refers to the practice of going sailing inside a dictionary.
You troubleshoot your sensuality when you find that your señora likes dingos dancing the tango while playing bingo with a man named Django.
Kabuki, my eye.
I am in Mexico
Have you ever been there
Closer to life we could
Cheddar cheese drip-dry
Baby block patchwork quilt
A quadriceps can be a paradox, it can be an antilog, or a lozenge. Or a four-part extensor muscle at the front of a thigh.
Bumpy road mopping floor
Pregnancy teatime is something very cozy and proper and appropriate.
A pinchbar is a bar that will do in a pinch.
Elderly tenderloin kangaroo, refers to kangaroo tenderloin, which sadly appears on some menus.
Puritan work ethic
Gagging on arrogance
One person family
A triggerfish mango is simply a triggerfish's own, personal mango fruit.
Compassion for hostages
Want to say secular
Vision of loveliness
During the weeks before
Angler-fish sprout atop
Despite the fact Tolstoy
Euphony, while pleasing to the ear, can be made of fiberglass or not.
Belle de Jour Sévérine
Sévérine was Belle de Jour's real name. She was not an Austrian writer. She was not Mediterranen.
And neither was Kandinsky.
Addis Ababa flu
Jump collage triple cut
Zebulon heart attack
Soda jerk gravity
Distinguish a person
Clear gazed gazelle
To endless assaults
Words upon words upon
Sketch after sketch
Oily gloomy naked brash
It is the kidneystone that is oily and gloomy and naked and brash and clearlegged and frowny.
Fenugreek is always diligent, as plants must be.
Parasitic zoom lens
The sadness of a salamander occurs elsewhere and is not to be confused with the madness of the salamander.
Roof garden prostitute
Pocket mouse vortex
The rest is self-explanatory: the picador is a psychopath and the skullcap is cavernous.
The kiss is Klimt's.
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