deConstruction Time Again, redux

By purr_verse

This poem won me a month-long trip to Berlin.
It turns out sometimes the dream actually happens. Holy crap.

October 2000:
Zoo Station
imposes itself upon me in steel, dust
and neon concrete roar;
this slipstream city
chaotic with import and motion.
Cranes glowering: gigantic metal vampires
bent over architectural prey -
in/flux and
Maps are mere suggestions.
This city will not be where I found it yesterday.

I walk.
Blistered hours are choked quicksilent
inside library wings
Bach's hand-inked concertos
emanate genius waves from their glasshouse
far away/
so close.

Outside, shift:
dusk in sepia softgravelgrowl
another train; I'm where? again
another crane
and in cafe caverns
I see this magnus opium
through a shutterspeed strobelit
reflection of progress
and the sun sets like mirrors
of the gallery on the Wall -
and dusty.
Checkpoint at sundown
Take some shards of graffiti-scarred history home:
it's wrapped in plastic.
Little plastic bags of Wall.
It's all for sale.

Breathing Unter den Linden in darkness,
seductive streetlamp eyes
spotlight pathways to the past;
I'm passed
into futures again; the Reichstag
illuminescent, iridescent
in glass ceiling concentricities
born/e overside its father edifice,
distended with histories.
It watches, whispers through subsussurant trees
("i have seen more than
and more than...")
and directs me to a famous neighbour,
wrapped in plastic.
The Reichstag breathes in stone: it is a proud beast.
("Christo wrapped me,
when I was wrapped. It was Very Important.")
I know nothing.

The Brandenburg Gate
is wrapped in plastic:
in/flux and
There is a picture, fictitious life-sized and superimposed,
of the Brandenburg Gate
on the Brandenburg Gate
as plastic.
My photograph wraps it in plastic again
and the cranes bow their heads
in satisfaction.
This is their creation; this surrogate reality,
this slipstream city
with its heaviness of history,
always and never, never: forever.

In this endless everyaged place,
I've been lost for daze.
I have been taken
but have not truly taken


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Copyright 2010 purr_verse
Published on Monday, December 20, 2010.     Filed under: "Poetry"
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  • TropicalSnowstorm On Thursday, January 31, 2013, TropicalSnowstorm (1715)By person wrote:

    Came back by to read this again... Yup! Still awesome! Ciao, T/S Scholar

  • jonLyndon On Thursday, September 20, 2012, jonLyndon (117)By person wrote:

    ":erratic:erotic:elastic:exotic:" Still one of the best poems I've ever read! :)HEART(:

  • Dominic On Sunday, May 6, 2012, Dominic (61)By person wrote:

    Yes. This IS art of the highest order. I'm dumb founded and yes, I'm an idiot in comparison. Truly brilliant. I'm in awe. I too have been published a bunch of times, made a little money, fuck knows why when I read this, everything pales in comparison. Your intellect as it manifests in such word plays and cultural, historical, architectural examples is much admired. Even if I don't understand a poem completely I can still feel it. I remain gloriously perplexed.

  • jonLyndon On Thursday, September 20, 2012, jonLyndon (117)By person wrote:

    Well said...

  • Carmina Gitana On Sunday, April 29, 2012, Carmina Gitana (158)By person wrote:

    I read and re-read your poems quite frequently (whenever I get back to DP after an absence), but I almost never leave a comment. Because . . . what is there to say? You are one of the few poets (on DP and generally) whose work I can just get lost in. I never feel the need to find a bit that sticks out, because it's all so integral. Just wanted to say, thanks for being around.

  • OLd SouL On Friday, April 27, 2012, OLd SouL (781)By person wrote:

    The next to the last verse was my favorite. Congrats! Miss your word/weaving.

  • TropicalSnowstorm On Friday, November 18, 2011, TropicalSnowstorm (1715)By person wrote:

    Awesome piece! Every bit of the imagery was wonderful! Ciao, T/S Scholar

  • DarkRose On Monday, October 31, 2011, DarkRose (26)By person wrote:

    Your words made me lose myself in Berlin. Amazing.

  • A former member wrote: The wit & grit....lost in these modern daze....broke, a lot....but rich as hell....

  • A former member wrote: Congratulations, Purr! This is so deserving, such an absolute masterpiece.. "Maps are mere suggestions. This city will not be where I found it yesterday." So beautiful, love the wandering tone of this poem..just perfect.

  • A former member wrote: congrats...and this is so precision.wicked crafted and images drape off images like sunsets turning into gauzy midnights full of trains and freudian.slips.....adored your words from the beginning.....blessings [and jealousies :) ]

  • jonLyndon On Tuesday, December 28, 2010, jonLyndon (117)By person wrote:

    "This city will not be where I found it yesterday." You know how I feel. I love this "Redux" version (& am reminded, to a point, of another author yet your reason for the changes are of a most different nature... still, I am in awe of these changes). U deserve that Berlin poetica trip! To slipstream Unter den Linden, blister in the sunset mirrors. Berlin will take you! Someday, perhaps, you'll take Manhattan. For now to be wrapped in the photograph-cranes of satisfaction, in the German tongue, "this surrogate reality, this slipstream city". The perfect last stanza for this redux, "I've been lost for daze". Berlin Daze. Don't forget to breathe, as you walk, "frame-by-frame" into Zoo Station. Brilliantly awarded, rewarded, deserved. Only the best poets have things of this nature happen to them. Well done. Bravouros!!!

  • jonLyndon On Tuesday, December 28, 2010, jonLyndon (117)By person wrote:

    Bakkhus still loves this poem (even w/ the changes)...

  • ubiquitoussoul On Monday, December 20, 2010, ubiquitoussoul (411)By person wrote:

    So Awesome.. Congrats

  • DarkDruidess On Monday, December 20, 2010, DarkDruidess (355)By person wrote:

    Incredible...What a view and journey...This is a truly wonderful piece. *bows* Thank you!

  • carlosjackal On Monday, December 20, 2010, carlosjackal (2474)By person wrote:

    Brilliant piece...A very well-deserved trip :)

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