Jack Foley



Jack Foley is a widely-published San Francisco poet known for his "spoken-word performances" which involve choruses. His Cover to Cover radio show, can be heard online at Berkley Radio KPFA www.kpfa.org




LETTERS

thr gsbot bivyim yhr derryinhd yhr nounfsty
yhr dvugg
yo slloe yhr dprvisllplainted grass bag
refuse to divulge
yhr eoetlf ot yr nrst nr vsllrf yo sloe yhr dpitiyd yhodr mrfis
I eill trvkon him
yhr rdyrrm in ehivh nre yrttioyyt
ehivh oyhrtd msy ginf yoo Vhtidyisn
the likelihood that the village
you ertr s punliv return had no connection sll in bsin
motr onr yhsn snoyhrt brty yhivk zz & Isthr
we talked of a part of the craving the fullest satisfact ion
errk dytryvh
I hsbr likrnrf you yhr noyr og s honh   when he kills
in new territory
in domr indysnvrd yhr nrst id pryiyionrf
            fur yo hhr dhspinh hsnf & yhr philodophivsl minf
to allow the spirits
iy id ptimstily sd s vtiyiv eiyh Johndon I quarrle
plrsde etiyr.       Snf iy eill trsvh mr.
Yhsy duvh udrd dhoulf hsbr rcidyrf eiyh duvh trginrmrny
hr fif noy hrdiysyr sd yo yhr voutdr ihr esd yo putdur
the dpsnidh volonisl hidyoty
to hold to this communivsion
nsvk yo yhr brddrld
yhr duvvrddion esd vonyrnyrf
yhr glrry hrlf iyd voutdr
yhr golloeinh motninh
yhr mrn eotr s doty og s msnyir
ig you trgudr yhry vonvlufrf imiysiond yhr dyshr in ehivh
            for greater mortifications
likened to the note of a gong has survived however noble
yhr life of las cases hs been several times written
pudhrf on yhtrr 2o to5u 14wyu4e
llrlivi llrlfo
snoyhrt ysnk vondidyrf on s gull lion
vuy in yhr dolif tovk
            my bslusyiond og poryd hsbr trmsinrf ptryy vondysny

 

 

UMM KULTHUM
 

listening to the astounding
             listening to the astounding         
sounds 
             sounds
of umm kulthum
              of umm kulthum
is like being
            is like being
transported
            transported
not to
            not to
Arabia
            Arabia 
but to   
            but to 
some vas  t    
            some vas  t
empty
            empty
space
            space                                              asd
filled
            filled   
with sounds  
           with sounds  
akin to
           akin to
wailing
           wailing
to a mo-
          to a mo-
an     
          an   
tha- 
          tha-  
t
          t
breaks loose  
         breaks loose  
         into everything   
and show-
s
            and show-

s
 

the utter authority

the sheer authority

the vast immensity

the sheer immensity

the all-encompassing

SAHARA

 

of

pa-

of

pa-

in

in

 

Rendition generates tarab, enchantment










Listening in Egypt is usually participatory:
audience members call out subtle compliments
or loud encouragement to performers. Silence

is interpreted as disinterest or dislike.






Demands are not met by wishing: 
the world can only be taken
by struggle.







O
pinions are complex entities,
subject to many forces, some
contradictory to one another.
 A stated “opinion”
is a kind of selection
from a matrix of forces
 that swirl around a  subject. 
 It is the point of poetry 
to name
the matrix.

Note: Umm Kulthum was an Egyptian singer, songwriter, and actress. “More than three decades after her death, she is still recognized as one of the Arab world's most famous and distinguished singers of the 20th century” (Wikipedia).  

 

                                                                                                      


KRAZY KAT KONSIDERS REINKARNATION
AS A GOLF BALL

 

Dearest Ignatz,

 

Think of me as a small
Round, white ball
Sitting on a little
White stick call-
Ed (I am ignerint why) a tee
Then you should SWING,
Little Dollink, and HIT ME
As if I suddenly got WINGS
I ZOOM into the skies
Dunt worry, you won’t flub,
Dearie, just hit me with d club
Lil Angil! Up to your old tricks
But with golf you dunt need bricks!
Up into the skies!
O Hippiness!
Sitting on d tee,
I’ll be d spouse
Of Swinging Sammy Tiger Ignatz Mouse!
(Lil Angil)
WHAM!