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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Boris Kokotov

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To memorize names, like Heidegger or Xenakis,
insert them into your poem – they wouldn't escape a collage.
You will discover a pattern later, and maybe others
will figure it out reading your text or listening to Tetras glissandi
the same record you were listening to in a car
driving at night to the house of your lover, the cellist,
who recklessly said that mating music with poetry borders incest,
and you argued: poetry reveals being, borrowing that line
from the German philosopher your lover never heard of.
Does it really matter since poems are fading as quickly as names,
almost as quickly as love?