Cambridge Book Review

[Issue #6, Fall 2001]


Canto 35 Canvas walls thumping

R. Virgil Ellis


Canvas walls thumping in the wind
like heart muscle.
Or semi-permeable membrane shaking in the bloodstream.
The rush is on, the dredging, sluicing, sifting.
For what? early June peas, prime rib, prime numbers,
prime ministers, honor students, party members?
 
Panning for the inexpressible.
Do I keep what is filtered, or what is filtered out?
A presence, or an absence?
What hasn't yet been thought?
A nugget, lump, clod, or speck of the
unzoned, unyoked, unyielded, unwrinkled, unwrecked, unwreaked, unwounded, unworshiped, unwormed, unworked, unworded, unwooed, unwooded,unwitnessed, unwithered, unwished, unwiped, unwilled, unwhipped, unwhetted, unwetted, unwelded, unwelghted, unweeded, unwedded, unwed, unwebbed, unweathered, unweaned, unweakened, unwaxed, unwatered, unwatched, unwasted, unwashed, unwarranted, unwarped, unwarned, unwarmed, unwanted, unwalled, unwakened, unwaked, unwaited, unvulcanized, unvowed, unvouched, unvolatilized, unvitrified, unvisited, unviolated, unvexed, unverified, unventured, unventilated, unvenomed, unvariegated, unvanquished, unvamped, unvalued, unvalidated, unvaccinated, unuttered, unutilized, unurged, untwisted, untwined, untwilled, unturned, untuned, untufted, untrusted, untrussed, untrumpeted, untroubled, untrimmed, untreated, untreasured, untraversed, untrapped, untransposed, untransported, untransplanted, untransmitted, untranslated, untransformed, untransferred, untrampled, untrammelled, untrammeled, untrained, untracked, untraced, untormented, untithed, untired, untinged, untinctured, untimbered, untilled, unthwarted, unthreshed, unthrashed, unthickened, unthatched, untested, untestified, unterminated, untendered, untended, untenanted, untempered, untaxed, untasted, untasked, untarred, untarnished, untapped, untanned, untamed, untalented, untainted, unsystematized, unsyllabled, unswayed, unswallowed, unsustained, unsuspended, unsurrendered, unsurpassed, unsurmlsed, unsurfeited, unsuppressed, unsupported, unsupped, unsunned, unsummoned, unsullied, unsuited, unsuffocated, unsued, unsuckled, unsucked, unsucceeded, unsubstantiated, unsubsidized, unsubscribed, unsubjected, unsubdued, unstuffed, unstripped, unstringed, unstriated, unstressed, unstrengthened, unstrained, unstowed, unstored, unstopped, unstinted, unstilted, unstigmatized, unstiffened, unsterilized, unstemmed, unstationed, unstated, unstartled, unstarred, unstandardized, unstamped, unstalked, unstained, unsqueezed, unsquared, unsquandered, unsprinkled, unspoiled, unspliced, unspleened, unspilled, unspied, unspelled, unspectacled, unspecified, unspecialized, unspared, unsowed, unsoured, unsounded, unsorted, unsoothed, unsolved, unsolidified, unsolicited, unsoldered, unsoiled, unsoftened, unsoaked, unsmuggled, unsmoked, unsmlrched, unsmelted, unslurred, unslaughtered, unslandered, unslaked, unslacked, unskinned, unsized, unsimulated, unsilenced, unsignified, unsigned, unsignalized, unsighted, unsifted, unshunned, unshrubbed, unshrouded, unshrined, unshocked, unshielded, unshepherded, unsheltered, unsheathed, unsheared, unshaved, unshattered, unsharpened, unshared, unshamed, unshadowed, unshaded, unshackled, unsewered, unsevered, unserved, unsequestered, unsepulchered, unseparated, unsentenced, unsensitized, unselected, unsegmented, unseeded, unseduced, unsecured, unseconded, unseated, unsearched, unsealed, unscutcheoned, unscreened, unscratched, unscraped, unscourged, unscoured, unscorned, unscorched, unschooled, unscheduled, unsceptered, unscented, unscattered, unscarred, unscarified, unscanned, unscaled, unsawed, unsaved, unsatisfied, unsatiated, unsated, unsapped, unsanctioned, unsanctified, unssaluted, unsalted, unsalaried, unsaddled, unrusted, unruptured, unruled, unroused, unrounded, unrobbed, unroasted, unripened, unrimed, unrighted, unrigged, unrifled, unriddled, unrhymed, unrewarded, unrevised, unreverted, unreversed, unrevered, unrevenged, unrevealed, unreturned, unretrieved, unretracted, unretarded, unrestricted, unrestrained, unrestored, unrested, unrespited, unresolved, unresisted, unresigned, unresented, unrescued, unrescinded, unrecruited, unrequested, unreprinted, unrepressed, unrepresented, unreported, unreplenished, unrepented, unrepelled, unrepeated, unrented, unrenowned, unrenounced, unrenewed, unrendered, unremunerated, unremoved, unremitted, unreminded, unremembered, unremedied, unremarked, unrelished, unrelinquished, unrelieved, unrelaxed, unrelated, unrehearsed, unregulated, unregretted, unregistered, unregarded, unrefuted, unrefunded, unrefreshed, unreformed, unrefined, unreduced, unredressed, unredeemed, unrectified, unrecruited, unrecounted, unrecorded, unreconciled, unrecompensed, unrecommended, unrecognlzed, unreclaimed, unreckoned, unrecited, unreciprocated, unreceived, unreceipted, unrecanted, unrecalled, unrebutted, unrebuked, unreasoned, unreaped, unrealized, unreached, unrazored, unrazed, unravaged, unratified, unrated, unransomed, unransacked, unraked, unraised, unracked, unquoted, unquickened, unquenched, unquelled, unquartered, unquantified, unpurified, unpurged, unpunlshed, unpulverized, unpulped, unpulled, unpruned, unprovoked, unproved, unprotruded, unprotected, unprostrated, unprosecuted, unpropped, unproposed, unproportloned, unpropitiated, unpronounced, unpromulgated, unprompted, unprojected, unprohibited, unprofessed, unproduced, unprocessed, unprobed, unprlzed, unprinted, unprimed, unprevented, unpressed, unpreserved, unpresented, unprescribed, unpreoccupied, unprefaced, unpredestinated, unpreceded, unpraised, unpowdered, unposted, unpossessed, unportioned, unpopulated, unpooled, unpondered, unpolluted, unpolished, unpoliced, unpolarized, unpoised, unpointed, unplucked, unplowed, unplighted, unpledged, unpleaded, unplayed, unplastered, unplanted, unplanned, unplagued, unplaced, unpitied, unpinned, unpiloted, unpillowed, unpierced, unpicked, unpettified, unperverted, unperused, unperturbed, unpersuaded, unpersecuted, unperplexed, unperformed, unperforated, unperfected, unpennoned, unpenetrated, unpenciled, unpeeled, unpedlgreed, unpaved, unpatterned, unpatronlzed, unpatented, unpasteurized, unpassloned, unparted, unpared, unpardoned, unparaphrased, unparagoned, unpampered, unpaired, unpainted, unpacified, unoxidized, unowed, unossified, unornamented, unordered, unoppressed, unopposed, unoperated, unoiled, unoffered, unoffended, unoccasioned, unobtained, unobstructed, unobscured, unobliterated, unobliged, unnurtured, unnourished, unnotified, unnoticed, unnoted, unnotched, unneighbored, unneeded, unnavigated, unnaturalized, unnapped, unnamed, unmystified, unmuzzled, unmutilated, unmunitioned, unmoved, unmourned, unmotived, unmotivated, unmortgaged, unmoneyed, unmollified, unmolested, unmoistened, unmodulated, unmodified, unmixed, unmissed, unminted, unmingled, unmilled, unmilked, unmethodized, unmetamorphosed, unmetaled, unmesmerized, unmerited, unmentioned, unmended, unmenaced, unmelted, unmellowed, unmeditated, unmedicated, unmeasured, unmatured, unmatted, unmatriculated, unmated, unmatched, unmasticated, unmastered, unmasked, unmarried, unmarred, unmarketed, unmarked, unmapped, unmanufactured, unmannered, unmanifested, unmanaged, unmalted, unmaimed, unmailed, unmagnified, unloved, unlocalized, unlinked, unlicked, unlicensed, unlectured, unleavened, unlaundered, unlamented, unlaced, unlabored, unlabelled, unknelled, unkneaded, unkissed, unkindled, unjustified, unjudged, unjaundiced, unaided, uninvolved, uninvoked, uninvited, uninvestigated, uninvented, uninvaded, uninured, unintoxicated, unintimidated, uninterpreted, uninterdicted, unintended, unintegrated, uninsured, uninsulated, uninstructed, uninoculated, uninjured, uninitiated, uninfringed, uninfluenced, uninfected, uninflated, uninflamed, uninfested, uninfected, unindulged, unindexed, unincumbered, unincubated, unincorporated, unincensed, unimpugned, unimproved, unimpressed, unimpeded, unimpeached, unimpassioned, unimpaired, unimitated, unilluminated, unidentified, unhyphenated, unhusked, unhushed, unhusbanded, unhurried, unhulled, unhooded, unhonored, unhired, unhindered, unheralded, unhemmed, unhelped, unheeded, unhedged, unheated, unhealed, unhazarded, unhaunted, unharvested, unharrowed, unharnessed, unharmed, unhardened, unharassed, unhandled, unhandicapped, unhampered, unhammered, unhailed, unhackneyed, unhabited, unguaranteed, ungrounded, ungreeted, ungratified, ungranted, ungrained, ungrafted, ungraded, ungowned, ungoverned, ungorged, ungored, unglutted, unglued, unglossed, unglorified, ungleaned, ungladdened, ungifted, ungenerated, ungathered, ungarrisoned, ungartered, ungarnished, ungarbled, ungalvanized, unfused, unfurrowed, unfurnished, unfunded, unfulfilled, unfrighted, unfrequented, unfreighted, unfranchised, unframed, unfostered, unfossilized, unfortified, unformulated, unformalized, unforged, unforfeited, unforewarned, unforced, unfoiled, unfocused, unflavored, unfixed, unfitted, unfiltered, unfilmed, unfilleted, unfilled, unfiled, unfettered, unfenced, unfederated, unfavored, unfamed, unfaded, unfabled, unextricated, unextirpated, unextinguished, unexpurgated, unexpounded, unexposed, unexported, unexplored, unexploited, unexploded, unexpired, unexpiated, unexperienced, unexpended, unexpanded, unexhibited, unexhausted, unexerted, unexerclsed, unexemplified, unexecuted, unexcused, unexcluded, unexcited, unexcised, unexcelled, unexcavated, unexamined, unexalted, unexaggerated, unetched, unestimated, unestablished, unessayed, unerased, unequipped, unenumerated, unentranced, unentombed, unentitled, unenthralled, unentangled, unenslaved, unenrolled, unenriched, unenlivened, unenlightened, unenlarged, unengrossed, unengaged, unenfranchised, unendowed, unendorsed, unencumbered, unenclosed, unenchanted, unembodied, unembellished, unembarrassed, unemancipated, unelectrified, unelected, unelaborated, uneffaced, uneducated, unedited, uneclipsed, undyed, undrilled, undried, undressed, undraped, undomesticated, undivulged, undivorced, undivested, undiverted, undiversified, undisturbed, undistributed, undistressed, undistracted, undistinguished, undistilled, undistempered, undissolved, undissipated, undissected, undispersed, undispensed, undispelled, undispatched, undismissed, undismembered, undismayed, undismantled, undisillusioned, undishonored, undisguised, undiscussed, undiscredited, undiscovered, undiscouraged, undisconcerted, undiscomfited, undisclosed, undisciplined, undischarged, undiscerned, undipped, undinted, undimmed, undiminished, undiluted, undignified, undigested, undiffused, undifferentiated, undevoured, undevlsed, undeveloped, undeterred, undetected, undestroyed, undestined, undespatched, undeslred, undesignated, undescried, underived, undeprived, undepressed, undepreciated, undepraved, undeposed, undeplored, undenled, undelineated, undelegated, undegraded, undefrayed, undefrauded, undeformed, undefiled, undefeated, undefaced, undeeded, undecorated, undecomposed, undeclared, undeceived, undebauched, undebased, undebarred, undazzled, undashed, undamaged, uncushioned, uncurtained, uncurried, uncurled, uncured, uncurdled, uncumbered, uncultured, uncultivated, unculled, uncrystallized, uncrowded, uncropped, uncredited, uncracked, uncoveted, uncourted, uncounseled, uncorroded, uncorroborated, uncorrelated, uncorrected, uncopied, un-co-ordinated, unconvinced, unconvicted, uncontradicted, uncontracted, uncontended, uncontemplated, uncontaminated, unconsumed, unconsulted, unconstricted, unconstrained, unconstituted, unconsoled, unconsolidated, unconsidered, unconsecrated, uncongested, uncongealed, unconfuted, unconfused, unconferred, uncondensed, uncondemned, unconcocted, unconcluded, unconciliated, unconcerted, unconceded, unconcealed, uncomputed, uncompromlsed, uncompressed, uncompounded, uncomplicated, uncompleted, uncompensated, uncommuted, uncommissioned, uncommended, uncommemorated, uncommanded, uncomforted, uncombined, uncombed, uncolored, uncolonized, uncoined, uncoifed, uncoffined, uncoerced, uncocked, uncoated, uncoagulated, uncloyed, unclouded, unclothed, unclosed, uncloistered, unclogged, unclipped, uncleared, uncleansed, uncleaned, unclassified, unclassed, unclasped, unclarified, unclaimed, uncited, uncircumcised, uncircumscribed, unchurched, unchristened, unchopped, unchiseled, unchewed, uncherished, unchecked, unchastened, uncharted, uncharged, uncharacterised, unchaperoned, unchanted, unchallenged, unchalked, unchained, uncertified, uncensured, uncensored, uncemented, uncelebrated, unceded, uncatechized, uncatalogued, uncarved, uncarpeted, uncanceled, uncalked, uncalendered, uncalcified, uncaged, uncadenced, unbuttressed, unbuttoned, unburnished, unburied, unburdened, unbuoyed, unbudded, unbrushed, unbruised, unbroached, unbridled, unbridged, unbribed, unbrewed, unbreeched, unbranded, unbranched, unbraced, unbowdlerized, unbottled, unborrowed, unbooted, unblunted, unblotted, unblooded, unblessed, unblemished, unbigoted, unbiased, unbetrothed, unbetrayed, unbestowed, unbenefited, unbeloved, unbelieved, unbeguiled, unbefriended, unbearded, unbattered, unbathed, unbargained, unbarbed, unbanded, unbandaged, unballasted, unawed, unawakened, unavowed, unavoided, unavenged, unauthenticated, unattracted, unattired, unattested, unattempted, unattainted, unassumed, unassorted, unassociated, unassisted, unassigned, unassayed, unashamed, unascended, unarrested, unarrayed, unapproved, unapproached, unapprised, unapprehended, unappreciated, unapplied, unappeased, unappalled, unanticipated, unanswered, unannounced, unannexed, unannealed, unanimated, unanimalized, unancestried, unamused, unaltered, unalloyed, unallotted, unallied, unalleviated, unaimed, unaided, unafflicted, unaffiliated, unadvantaged, unadulterated, unadorned, unadmonished, unadmitted, unadmired, unadjusted, unacquired, unaccredited, unaccounted, unaccomplished, unacclimated, unaccepted, unaccentuated, unabsorbed, unabsolved, unabbreviated, unabated, unabashed, unabased, unmangled

I must work with such specks, clods, lumps, nuggets.
Do I keep what is filtered, or what is filtered out?
A presence, or an absence?
Surely among these is the emanation I seek!

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