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the poetry that matters

Kemeny Babineau

Kemeny Babineau's latest book is VDB Wordlist published by Bookthug. Prior to that
was The Incomplete Tree Guide. He also edits and publishes the esoteric
lit rag-mag The New Chief Tongue. He lives in Mt Pleasant with his wife
and two girls.

 

VDB Wordlist:

 

In 1634 Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert traveled with two other Dutchmen into the Mohawk and Oneida territory of the Six Nations in upper New York State. He kept a journal and made an extensive wordlist. Iroquoian linguist Gunther Michelson has added an English and modern Mohawk translation. Using the technique of erasure I have attempted to create a tri-language collage of then, and now.

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Maquase Spraeck

 

                   duffels laecken

 

                                                   cloth

 

 

dissels   messen   lennet

 

leepels   kettles   spyegels

 

 

ondach   utak

 

tasaskarisat

 

 

looking glass scissors

 

Elsen Yser awl

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

onera vagina dreck

 

de blaes   onsaha   de klooten

 

 

een ship and canoe

 

 

water   fire   oyente

 

broodt   beans   oneste

 

 

flour meat         satsori   slurp!

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

grooten honger,   augustuske

 

I get cold

 

                    ten duecht niet

 

   no good

 

satewa   doot   alone

 

doubly   sieck

 

aghihi

 

I could die

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

in the sky

 

                    du lucht

 

                                       the sun

 

                   de sterren

 

Asistock                          sow!

 

 

a castle,   a waterway

 

Een Kill

 

               on the lake, lachen

 

we are chuckling

 

                             yukwayeshu

 

 

  VDB Wordlist

by Kemeny Babineau

BookThug, 2007

(click here to order)

 

 

A Short Reply to Wyndham Lewis


at the numinous
is where we gain it

and without
we are that
automata

acting in pain, to force
satisfaction
like a ventral wall

click and snarl

labial spool

we can be made

to do to...

 

 

the wide throat dog

dangles off regret

 

in diminished angles

over patio pitter pat

 

deceit is on the rise

to each increase of blindly

 

meaning wars a shadow

cut out forest crepe

 

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