The Fecundating Perplexity Rotational Cluster
perplexion broiling in circumlocutional hilt
mull mulling over/upon upside down inside through
rattle rid curing curative → to cure to curate
the culling mood mulls
milling acquits perplexion
perplexion drives the mill
Perplexion queries Befuddle
P. why so
B. so why
P. why with
B. with what
P. with so
B. so what
P. why so
B. why with
P. so with
B. with why
the road to perplexity road
conundrum potholes pressure spikes deflationary evidence tread skinned the axle malfeasance parades
distance is the parade of out-of-reach
reach oils mobility
to clench, then, is to arrive? to have, to possess, is being-there ? the signature
of arrival is obtain, ... maintenance, the footnote
how much of
perplexity is furniture repudiating arrangement
the road self-swallowing
Perplexion queries Enquiry
P. can you get me out?
E. not sure what you mean, ... Burroughs says, “the way in is the way out.”
P. ... very encouraging. but that’s the rub ...
E. ... what?
P. I can’t identify how I got into this mess, ... there’s no in there ...
E. I see ... so that’s what brought you to me?
E. Maybe the anti-Burroughs will work. Get you out, then you’ll know how you got in.
P. I ‘m game.
E. But if we can’t specify what brought you in to your condition, we can hardly understand the nature, the full complexion, of your condition. How can we hope to release, to exit, from that which we can’t identify.
P. it’s perplexing ...
E. ... hmmmm ...
P. you’re stymied to?
E. what’s wrong with perplexion?
haggle wrangle wrought wrench wrest crunch
ratchet racket rumbling growl
g r u e s o m e
rook to pawn the lockout looks-out
Around 1065 Shen Kuo wrote about the assembly methods for swords: ‘Ancient people use chi kang, (combined steel), for the edge, and jou thieh (soft iron) for the back, otherwise it would often break. Too strong a weapon will cut and destroy its own edge; that is why it is advisable to use nothing but combined steel.’
flavor through hand,
the tongue’s absenteeism preserved in balladic form
how much of
r e s i d u e ...
r e l u c t a n c e s
c o n s i d e r e d
perplexion in mood indigo
dizzying complex swelter
theology passing for alteration
the hawk spies its eyeball on the striking floor
knows to reevaluate leasing terms
neutered abatement --
Heller Levinson lives in NYC where he studies animal behavior. He has published in over a hundred journals and magazines including Sulfur, Jacket, Hunger, Talisman, First Intensity, Laurel Review, Omega, The Wandering Hermit, Fire (U.K), Tears in the Fence (U.K.), Alligatorzine, Counterexample Poetics, The Jivin' Ladybug, Moria, Woodcoin, Mad Hatter Review, etc. His publication, Smelling Mary (Howling Dog Press, 2008), was nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the Griffin Prize. Black Widow Press will be publishing his from stone this running in 2011. Additionally, he is the originator of Hinge Theory. Please visit www.hellerlevinson for more information.