So here is the first half of An Emphasis Falls on Reality. Under it is a link to an article at How2 by Elizebeth Robinson who does a great job talking about Ms. Guest. Much better than I could.
What I can say is that with these two posts, naming Corso and Guest, I am not saying either is the greatest or best or number 1 etc etc, just that, too me, the are representative of a period my life has traveled through. They represent the New York poets....whatever that means. Okay, maybe what that means is that they are two I will return too. And I don't need to argue for any others. Nuff said.
Barbara Guesstfrom Fair Realism (1989)
AN EMPHASIS FALLS ON REALITY
Cloud fields change into furniture
furniture metamorphizes into fields
an emphasis falls on reality.
"It snowed toward morning," a barcarole
the words stretched severely
silhouettes they arrived in trenchant cut
the face of lilies...
I was envious of fair realism.
I desired sunrise to revise itself
as apparition, majestic in evocativeness,
two fountains traced nearby on a lawn....
you recall treatments
of 'being' and 'nothingness'
tto appear from variable directions -
they are orderly as motors
floating on the waterway,
so silence is pictorial
when silence is real.