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Verse Us – Tacoma Ain’t Got No Spine (Over) – A Poem

By Andrew Furst @a_furst

1972

Verse Us - Poems I write: haiku, senryu, mesostics, free verse, random word constructions, I might even use rhyme or meter once and a while.  

Tacoma Ain’t Got No Spine (Over)

Tacoma

This poem is a mesostic.  A mesostic is a poem or other typography such that a vertical phrase intersects lines of horizontal text. It is similar to an acrostic, but with the vertical phrase intersecting the middle of the line, as opposed to beginning each new line. It was used extensively by the experimental composer John Cage – someone I have always admired.

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Tacoma Ain’t Got No Spine (Over)

ASking, no, undulating words, as if seeking
a weak spoT or a resonance frequency.
A weddIng smorgasbord worthy of Siva
(see my Marianne, walking away, away)
I aspire to prUdently staying away.
Taking severaL paces retreat,
I thought I hAd kicked it.
But the Tastes, too syrupy
to bid any lasting adIeus.
As if consenting to be huNted
I shrug in lieu of aGreement

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