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As with Energy, So with Form – Henri Thinks Through His Sculpture

The marble’s tone has now begun

with rectangular eyebrows,

with this triangular goatee,

and with the throbbing of the head

between the realm of spheres

and the family of planes.


Ez’s head will be a mountain

upon this wobbly pedestal,

but Ez will think, "Henri should cease

else I become an ornament."

Ez should think again but from the head

born from the vortex of my hands.


Note: Henri is Henri Gaudier-Brzeska--Modern French Vorticist Sculptor who died in WWI at the age of 23.  Ez is Ezra Pound.


Tom Holmes is a co-founding, co-editor of Redactions: Poetry & Poetics. He is also author of After Malagueña (FootHills Publishing, 2005), Negative Time (Pudding House, 2007), Pre-Dew Poems (FootHills Publishing, 2008), and Poetry Assignments: The Book (Sage Hill Press, 2009). His work has also appeared on Verse Daily.

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