School of Udhra

Overview

School of Udhra takes its title from the Bedouin poetic tradition associated with the seventh-century Arab poet Djamil, the Udhrite school of poets who, “when loving die.” Bedouin tradition, however, is only one of the strands of world revery these poems have recourse to. They obey a “bedouin” impulse of their own—fugitive, moving on, nomadic. Ogo the fox, the Dogon avatar of singleness and unrest, runs throughout, crossing and recrossing divided ground, primal isolate, ...

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Overview

School of Udhra takes its title from the Bedouin poetic tradition associated with the seventh-century Arab poet Djamil, the Udhrite school of poets who, “when loving die.” Bedouin tradition, however, is only one of the strands of world revery these poems have recourse to. They obey a “bedouin” impulse of their own—fugitive, moving on, nomadic. Ogo the fox, the Dogon avatar of singleness and unrest, runs throughout, crossing and recrossing divided ground, primal isolate, insistent within the book’s cross-cultural weave.

The poems track variances of union and disunion- social, sexual, mystic, mythic- both formally and in their content. They return rhapsody to its root sense: stitching together. Threads ranging through ancient Egypt, shamanic Siberia, Rastafarian Jamaica, and elsewhere figure in, inflected by conjunctive and disjunctive cadences inspired by jazz, Gnaoua trance-chant, cante jondo, and other musics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872862784
  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

I Song of the Andoumboulou: 8-15
Song of the Andoumboulou: 8 3
Song of the Andoumboulou: 9 4
Song of the Andoumboulou: 10 5
"Blinded. . ." 6
Song of the Andoumboulou: 11 7
Song of the Andoumboulou: 12 9
Song of the Andoumboulou: 13 11
Song of the Andoumboulou: 14 12
Song of the Andoumboulou: 15 15
"Day one stood erect, arthritic, Ache. . ." 17
"Day two's bright bed of attraction. Unsnuffed. . ." 18
"Day three fell away in fragments. . . ." 19
"Day six. Lidless eater of raw meat, day. . ." 20
II Outlantish
Melin 23
Irritable Mystic 25
"Nut's belly bloated with stars. . ." 28
Knotted Highness 29
Degree Four 32
Sweet Mystic Beast 34
Amma Seru's Hammer's Heated Fall 38
"Abstract. . ." 41
"Sweet. . ." 42
Alphabet of Ahtt 43
"To've been there as they. . ." 45
"Spent. . ." 46
"Synchronous flavor. Mendicant. . ." 47
"Awoke stranded on the island of. . ." 48
Out Island 49
"Thinking then. . ." 53
III Zar
Wizard of Ought 57
"Thought of his brother. . ." 62
"Each thing its due the ostensible. . ." 63
Tonu Soy 64
"Far spot of warmth we remembered. . . ." 69
"Where the would-be City squeezes blood. . ." 70
Aspic Surmise 71
"So incensed. . ." 72
"Theirs though there we. . ." 75
"They the receding we we might've. . ." 78
Far Over 79
"Blue loop it turned out. . ." 83
"Gave Ttha. . ." 84
"Then during our descent. . ." 85
Slipped Quadrant 86
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