Ronald Johnson ARK (Albuquerque: Living Batch Press, 1996)
You are immersed in a sequence of poems, you turn the page and face
A hand print.
Sends me back to my first imprints. Recording weight and length and even the name of the “accoucheur”. Tag (with the metadata) and footprint have been kept together by a pretty pink ribbon.
My Signature Reply to Beam 18 by Ronald Johnson
RONALD JOHNSON INTERVIEW, November 19, 1995
RJ: ARK is a all a strumming of the lyre.
Now accompanied by a stomping (estampe) of the foot — a different beat.
ADDENDUM: Ronald Johnson’s “Still Life” in A Line of Poetry, A Row of Trees lists a number of objects and in the last position is headed by an ampersand (“eye”)
& the palm of a hand with an eye the Indians made.
The poem ends:
What hand will reach out to see the world?
And leave its prints for others to see?
And so for day 2245