Therefore Wherefore ... | Toby Fitch

Therefore Wherefore Should One Use The Question Mark

 

 

 

in meaning shape & sound to any casual reader

what was it that made everything all ugly for them

w/out even mentioning Joyce’s Ulysses or Eliot’s

The Waste Land / could not the same thing be said

truthfully of Shakespeare’s sonnets / dear Gertrude

do you do airplanes / what is the current that makes

machinery / may i do a little caressing myself & say

truthfully / a Collection is a Collection is a Collection (am i

quoting right) / is there a resemblance to the sky which is

admitted to be there & the stars which can be seen / why

is it orange & the surface outrageous / why is it beautiful

why is it not when there is no doubt / what choice is there

when there is a difference / why is there a difference b/w

one window & another / what is the wind what was the use

of not leaving it there where it would hang / is there a re

semblance to the sky which is admitted to be there & the stars

which can be seen / why is anything vacant was it really in him

to learn what was really loving / had all the feeling learned to be

/ why is there so much useless suffering / what’s the news what

are you going to do w/ it / shall i do you now / here / or should

we not among strangers / should it be so & there be sin / did

that mean shame / why is there rain / is hair curly is it dark

or dusky / is there a resemblance to the sky which is an ad /

why is there a single piece of any colour / should all this

resemble a smell / why is there no obligation to stay away

why don’t you when you come here stay a little longer

make a nice jelly / what is the use of a violent kind of

delightfulness if there is no pleasure in not getting

tired of it / don’t you want to go lie down & sleep

are you right / is it all right or is it eight o’clock yet

why is there resistance in a mixture / was the butter

gathered in the butter is the harvest all in / what is cut

why is there that scissor / what is a tongue & pepper

& fish & is there a resemblance to the sky which is

admitted to be there & the stars when tears

many tears are 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toby Fitch is poetry editor of Overland. His books include Rawshock, which won the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry 2012, Jerilderies and, most recently, The Bloomin’ Notions of Other & Beau (Vagabond 2016). He lives in Sydney with his girlfriend and two daughters while also working as an editor, researcher, a teacher of creative writing, & etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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