CONTEMPLATIVE ABSTRACTS: Unlike my first collection of abstract poems, dating from 1983 and simply called ABSTRACTS, this project is non-readerly and hence abstract in a patterned and completely formal way such that requires nothing more than contemplation, as suggested by the title, of its monosyllabic structures.  Thus all 519 (divided into 5 volumes) of these abstract poems are intended to assist one in developing a contemplative frame-of-mind at the expense of readerly norms, thereby transcending the intellect in what could be regarded as a mode of literary salvation.


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