Ritual in Writing Practice

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Ritual in Writing Practice

Gertrude Stein, 'Tender Buttons,' poetry, and tea

In honor of the impending meeting of the "What Did We Just Read?!"  Book Club and the title to be discussed this month, Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein, I engaged in "a perplexing, provacative, and possibly exasperating mediatation on the common object and langague itself," in the form of a written poem. 

I will will give you some context for the poem, but not much, because again honoring Gertrude Stein.

This poem was written at La Mano Coffee Bar, inspired by my current, daily drink Plum Crazy tea.

La Mano will be graciously providing tea and cookies to be savored and contemplated during this month's book club meeting. 

an order of Plum Crazy, hot to-go
liquid voices in a case of hot, melted bones. 
Give this day to them
in    F R A C T U R E D beats. 
Away, 
         away.
It's remembered, 
but still just mist, dried 
in forgotten leaves 

Hope to see and hear you all next week at February's meeting of the "What Did We Just Read?!" Book Club.

-- A. Pittenger