For an overview of the state of LZ’s texts, see Mark Scroggins’
“Note on Texts” in Louis Zukofsky and the
Poetry of Knowledge (1998). Below is a list of errata that have been
recorded so far, followed by a list of textual variants for “A” 1-8.
The following is an errata list for the 1978 edition of the
complete “A” and the 1993 Johns
Hopkins reprint. These have mostly been corrected in the 2011 New Directions
edition, except those marked with an asterisk. The errata designated (CZ) were
reported by Celia Zukofsky in Paideuma
8.3 (Winter 1979): 585.
were [should be] are (CZ)
lamposts [should be] lampposts (Scroggins)
soldiers!” [should be] soldiers!’
they [should be] thy (CZ)
fellow [should be] follow (?)
Bother [should be] “Bother
Make [should be] Made
hat [should be] hath (CZ)
Jenny [should be] Johnny
illusions..” [should be] illusions . . “
Molinare [should be] Molinaro
shard [should be] shards
I [should be] it (CZ)
“Plato and…” [should be] “Plato” went first and then
check [should be] cheek
Is is [should be] Is it
widsom [should be] wisdom
be [should be] he
suprisingly [should be] surprisingly
inalnd [should be] inland
fact” [should be] “fact”
Is is [should be] It is
his and [should be] and his (CZ)
flourescents [should be] fluorescents (CZ)
them [should be] thim
(broken type) [should be] festers (CZ)
(broken type) [should be] traction (CZ)
grammer [should be] grammar
every yet [should be] ever yet (Leggott)
desért [should be] desert (CZ)
Collected Shorter Poems
Not [should be] No
gook [should be] geek (Leggott)
There are quite a few instances throughout Bottom where quotation marks are missing at one end or the other of
a quotation, but I have not attempted to identify these.
50 3.1444 [should be]
289 Henry VI [should
be] Henry V
399 T. & C.,III,iii,22 [should be] T. & C.,III,iii,221 (Leggott)
424 ‘thoughts’ no
‘subjects’ [should be] ‘thoughts’ on ‘subjects’ (?)
443 τουτο δὲ
ἕυα. [should be] τοῦτο
Textual Variants in “A”
LZ carefully revised most
of the pre-World War II movements of “A”,
specially “A” 1-6 and -8, subsequent
to their original printings. In later movements, LZ seems to have done little
more than correct printing errors between journal and book publications,
although this has yet to be systematically verified. “A” 1-6 were revised in the summer of 1942, while “A”-8 was less
extensively revised in Oct. 1957 as LZ prepared the text for the publication of
“A” 1-12 (1959).
revisions are largely a matter of cutting and concision, sometimes
rearrangement, but only rarely rewording, much less adding to the earlier text.
Particularly in “A” 1-7, which was
published complete in An “Objectivists”
Anthology (1932), LZ went meticulously through the earlier text, making
numerous changes on the level of punctuation and lineation, as well as cutting
a number of substantial passages. In the case of “A”-4, he rearranged the collaging
of the segments in the majority of the movement. Nevertheless, on the whole
these revisions are in the nature of tightening the poetic text rather than a
significant rethinking of the poetic presentation. It is noticeable that he
tends to delete the more personal details in the early movements, as well as
toning down the more explicit references to the Soviet Union, the Communist
Party and its discourse in “A”-8, although it is equally evident that he makes
no effort to downplay the Marxism and Leninism of the original version.
Interestingly, some of the deletions in “A”
1-6 and even a few in “A”-8 cut out repetitions that were originally intended
to imagistically and thematically link together the sequence, but subsequent
developments appear to have encouraged LZ to conceive of the movements as
relatively autonomous, although the idea of the poem recycling itself recurs
The textual variants listed
below compare the text of the final edition of “A” (1978) with that of a “corrected” text of “A” 1-7 as they appear in An
“Objectivists” Anthology (OA),
with page and line numbers referring to the former. OA included an Errata sheet noting 22 misprints in the “A” texts, so I have incorporated these
as the correct versions of the OA
text, but noted all such instances as OA
Errata. For “A”-8 the comparative text is that published in New Directions 1938. Other early
printings of individual movements that have been examined are listed at the
head of each movement (see Printings of “A” for full listing) and are
assumed to follow the OA text, unless
otherwise noted. As far as I can tell, LZ did not significantly revise “A”-10,
but so far I have not been able to examine the original printing in Calendar: An Anthology of 1941. The OA printing was done in France and
reflects European punctuation conventions in putting spaces before colons,
semicolons, question and exclamation marks, as well as putting punctuation outside
quotation marks (although not entirely consistent on this score); this has been
standardized to American practice below. Except in obvious cases, no effort has
been made to determine which line breaks are due simply to insufficient right
margin since it is extremely difficult to second guess LZ’s practice in such
cases, or what might be due to decisions by the compositor.
All material that appears
below is copyright © Paul Zukofsky, is used by permission, and may not be
quoted by third parties without the express written permission of the copyright
An “Objectivists” Anthology, ed. LZ. Le Beausset, France and NY: To,
Pagany 3.3 (Summer 1932).
Title In OA the first six movements are presented
in pairs with titles: First and Second Movements: "Come, ye
1.2 Round of fiddles] justified left; Pagany printing as in final text.
1.2 Bach.] Bach— / The double chorus.
ye daughters,] “Come, ye
daughters, [throughout italicized
lines from the libretto of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion are also in quotations
1.4 dresses,] dresses
whom?—” [Pagany printing: Whom?—”].
1.8 His legs blue, tendons bleeding,] His
legs, blue tendons bleeding, / Tinsel over his ribs
1.10 Black full dress of the audience.]
Black, black full dress in the audience—
1.11 Dead century, where are your motley]
Dead century where is your motley,
1.13 Easter] indented.
1.14 Matronly flounces, starched, heaving,]
Matronly flounces, / —starched, heaving, / Belly freighted—boom!
1.16 Where’s] where’s
1.17 “Ah, there’s the
Kapellmeister / in a terrible hurry—] “Ach, dort eilt sich der
1.19 Johann Sebastian, twenty-two / children!”]
“Johann Sebastian! (twenty-two / children!)”.
1.21 The Passion According to Matthew,]
According to Matthew,
1.23 Rendered at Carnegie Hall, / Nineteen
twenty-eight, / Thursday evening, the fifth of April. / The autos parked,
here at Carnegie,
That was Thursday, ‘twenty-eight, the fifth evening
April, and autos honking outside,
that were parked there.
2.1 A German lady there said: / (Heart turned to Thee) / “I, too, was
born in Arcadia.”] (“Hearts turned to
thee”) / German lady / Auch ich war in Arkadien geboren. [Pagany printing has no stanza break
2.7 “Not that exit, Sir!”] “No suh! / Not
past that exit, Zukofsky!” / “Agh, Satan!
2.8 molting,] gradual molting, [separate line].
2.9 As tho blood stained] Blood staining
2.11 “Not that exit!” / “Devil! Which?”—]
“Not past that exit, Zukofsky!” / “Devil! what!—?”
2.13 Blood and desire to graft what you desire,
/ But no heart left for boys’ voices. / Desire longing for perfection.]
“Blood of your desire to graft what you desire,
Consider the Angels who sang in the boys’ choir
If seen near the ocean, stripped white skins, red
of the sunburn,—
They have mothers.”
“No, Satan, not heart that bled
Over boys’ voices, nor blood
Flowing for lost sons,—
I have harbored perfection.” [no stanza
2.16 stars] the stars
2.17 Spits across] Spits free across
2.18 the spittle drowning worlds—] and his
spit seems to drown worlds,
2.19 stepped free] passed free
2.21 The usher faded thru “Camel” smoke;]
Asmodeus fading to “Camel” smoke,
2.22 The next person seen thru it, / Greasy,
solicitous, eyes smiling minutes after, / A tramp’s face,] Greasy,
solicitous, eyes longing minutes after, / Smiling, a tramp’s face,
2.29 About me,] But about me,
3.2 High necks turned for chatter:]
Stopping of turned necks for chatter:
3.4 He admired so our recessional architecture—]
It was he who admired so our recessional / architecture,
3.7 mother?] mother,
3.9 perused] had perused
3.10 Patrons of poetry, business devotees
of arts and letters, / Cornerstones of
waste paper,— / “Such lyric weather”— / Chirping quatrain on quatrain; / And
the sonneteers—when I consider / again and over again— / Immured holluschickies
persisting thru polysyllables,]
The immature pants that filled chairs
Patrons of poetry, business temples erected to
cornerstones of waste
“Such lyric weather!” chirping
Quatrain on quatrain, empty and
The sonneteers when I consider again and over
wet blanket pentameters,
Immured holluschickies, dead honor men
Persisting thru polysyllables,
3.17 accretions;] accretions,
3.18 “mélange adultère de tout,”] “mélange
adultere de tout”. [Pagany printing has
3.19 Down East, Middle West, and West coast flaunters
/ of the Classics and of / Tradition] The Americanizers of the Classics, /
3.22 (A word to them of great contours)—]
(To them word of great contours),
3.23 Who sang of women raped by horses.] And
raping women with horses.
3.25 Lamenting,] Lamenting
3.27 are again] again
3.29 next editorial about, Carat,] next,
editorial about Carat, [Pagany printing:
next editorial about, Carat?].
3.32 It was also Passover.] And I, / Upon
the feast of that Passover, [Pagany
printing: And I.].
4.1 The blood's tide like the music.] The
bloods' tide as the music’s [Pagany
4.2 A round of fiddles playing / Without
effort—] A thousand fiddles as beyond effort / Playing—playing
4.4 As into the fields and forgetting to die.]
Into fields and forgetting to die,
4.8 effort—] effort, playing—
4.9 traces,] traces
4.10 Not dying, and leaving no traces.] Not
dying, yet leaving no traces. / Nor any conscious effort, [no stanza break following].
4.11 Not] Nor
4.11 paper] paper.
4.12 to remember—] to remember / (Three
there stealing in thru the music / As pioneers moccasined stealing in thru the
music). [OA Errata notes last line missing from original OA; Pagany printing: as in corrected OA].
4.13 “There are] Atheling—“There are
4.16 And quite differently to be sung";]
And quite differently to be sung:"
[Pagany printing has italics and
4.17 “I heard] Carlos—“I heard
inside:" [Pagany printing has semicolon].
4.19 “Everything which] Estlang—“Everything
4.22 wide awake, calling] the most wide
awake / “Weary, broken bodies,” calling [in
Pagany printing quoted phrase italicized].
4.23 earth,] earth [no stanza break following].
stone above Thy head. / Weary, broken bodies. / Sleeping: their eyes were full
A thousand fiddles as beyond—
“Cold stone above thy head—”
“He came and found them—
indeed their eyes were
Good night . . .
4.27 The next day the reverses] So the next
day the reverses,
4.28 taunt:] taunt,
4.30 before the eyes, perfecting.] before
the eyes, perfecting,— [OA Errata
5.1 —I thought that was finished:] I
thought that was finished, Zukofsky,
5.5 looked for] has been looking for
5.6 cellar—] cellar. [stanza break following].
5.7 Remembering love in a taxi:]
Remembering what? / Love, in your lap, in a taxi, unwilling—
5.9 great numbers] the greatest number
5.9 streets—] streets,
5.11 employment’;] employment,’
5.13 Yeh,] Yeah!
5.15 And] While
5.15 confrères] confreres
5.18 Pointing to a chart, between bites.] To
a chart pointing, and between bites.
engineer, [Pagany printing italicized].
5.21 Single handed,] Single-handed,
5.25 Dogs cuddling to lampposts, / Maybe broken
forged iron,] these lines are placed
as independent stanza immediately before 5.19: Dogs cuddling to lampposts /
Lonely—look—what—maybe broken forged iron—. [Pagany printing has no final period or following stanza break].
no stanza break following [OA Errata corrects missing question mark].
An “Objectivists” Anthology, ed. LZ. Le Beausset, France and NY: To,
Poetry 40.1 (April 1932).
6.1 —Clear music—] The clear music— /
Zoo-zoo-kaw-kaw-of-the-sky, [Poetry printing
6.2 calling you] mentioning
6.3 such things,] Poetry printing has period.
6.4 Music,] Old music,
6.7 —Kay, in the sea / There with you, / Slugs,
Damn you, Kay,
What do you, Kay, know about it!
Wherever always we are
Crowds the sea in upon us,
Slivers of slugs from the seaweed,
Tossed cuttlefish shouldering
6.10 Ball of imperialism, wave games, nations,]
Ball of imperialism, / Wave-games of its stanchions: nations—
6.11 armaments, drilling,] armaments
6.12 Old religions— / Epos:] Churning of old
6.14 One Greek] Agamemnon
6.14 two wives] two
6.16 Those epopt caryatids,] The women,
6.17 world-cornice.] world- / cornice, /
“Please now and thank you,”
6.18 (Agamemnon). Very much like the sailors. /
Lust and lust. Ritornelle.] (Agamemnon), very much like the sailors, / Lust
and lust ritornelle.
6.20 All! Blue trouser seats—each alike a square
inch—] Tutti! the blue square inch trouser seats
6.21 thru] Poetry printing: through.
6.22 torus,] torus
6.24 “Hi, Ricky!”] Ai-yuh, look at boy Ricky
6.26 The sea grinds the half-hours,] Grinds
the sea of half-hours,
6.27 bells are heard,] clocks strike,
7.1 half-equestrian, clatter of waves,]
half-equestrian, / Clitter-clatter of wave-forms,
7.2 Fabulous sea-horses] Sea-horses
7.3 to break thru the walls / of alleyways:]
break the cross-walls of the alleys / Cross-walls like locks of canal (never
end-walls) / rising, replacing, [Poetry
printing: alleys; OA Errata corrects:
7.5 Till the moon, one afternoon, / Launches
with sea-whorl, / Opening leaf within leaf floats, green, / On waves:
liveforever. / Hyaline cushions it, sun, / In one’s own head.]
Till of an afternoon
Launches the moon upon
sea-whorl; green, flowering,
leaf within leaf
Floats upon wave-edge ;
Green leathery leaf within
sunned, as of sand-gold—
7.11 As in Johann Sebastian, / Listen, Kay . .
.] Johann Sebastian . . . old . . .
/ Listen . . . / Listen, Kay. . . the music is in the flower,
7.14 ranged around the center;] wrapped
around the center leaf,
7.15 outer leaf breaking on space,] the
outer leaf breaking on space;
7.16 There is space to step to the central
heart:] Bountiful the flower, there is space to step to the central /
7.17 The music] Listen—the music
7.18 flower—] flower, [Poetry printing: flower].
7.19 Liveforever, everlasting.]
(Liveforever, everlasting) [Poetry
printing has period].
7.20 other,] other
7.21 Each leaf a buttress flung for the other.]
The strength of each leaf is a buttress flung for the other, [no stanza break following].
7.22 Ankle, like fetlock, at the center leaf—]
I have stepped with haired ankle, / As with fetlock, to the center leaf,
7.23 Looked into] I have looked into
7.24 Eyes drowned in] My eyes have drowned
7.25 forehead,] Poetry printing: forehead.
7.26 What is at my lips,] What is at my
lips, have I kissed the flower, / It is green yet graciously ferruginous,
7.27 bears rust lightly,] bears the
iron-rust lightly, / The flower is the steel piston at my chest,
7.28 but the music steeps in the center—]
but, hear . . . the music steeps / in the center—
7.29 over it.] over it—
7.30 Or / I walked on Easter Sunday,] I
walked out upon Easter Sunday / As who should say,
8.2 This is my face / This is my form.]
This is my face, / This is my form,
8.4 I would write] I would put / you down
8.6 of] as of
8.10 Wrigleys.] Poetry printing: “Wrigley’s.”
8.12 ocean;] ocean.
8.14 Crouched,] I crouched again,
8.15 The double chorus singing,] this line placed with and immediately
preceding the last as a separate stanza: And the double chorus singing,
Thy tomb] this line in quotation
8.17 For the fun of it, / O Saviour blest] Just for the fun of it, “O Saviour blest”
An “Objectivists” Anthology, ed. LZ. Le Beausset, France and NY: To,
Title: In OA: Third and Fourth Movements:
"Out of the voices"
hour] cool hour of rest
9.2 Your dead mouth] It is your dead mouth
9.3 Ricky,] Rickey,
9.4 Automobiles speed / Past the cemetery,]
Automobiles speed past the cemetery, / No gage measures,
9.6 turns. / Sleep,] turns, / Sleep
9.10 The cat, paw brought back] The cat? Paw
brought back [OA Errata corrects:
9.12 Puss—. / “Who smelt gas?” / “—Would I lie!
/ “No crossin’ bridges, / Rick’— / No bridges, / “—God’s gift to woman!” / Out
of memory / A little boy, / It’s rai-ai-nin’, // Ricky, / Coeur de Lion. //
Lion-heart, / A horse bridled— / Trapping rise, / Princelet / Out of history.
// Trappings / Rise and surround / Two dark heads, / Dead, straight foreheads,
// The beautiful / Almost sexual // Brothers.]
Leg, crooked; [OA Errata corrects: crocked]
“Puss—puss—she doesn’t know
Her seat from her elbow.”
“Who smelt gas?
“Where is the Scotch?” “Would I lie!”
(Spilt—in a bush, a way back
from the running-board).
“No crossin’ bridges, Rick,
No, no bridges, not after midnight!
’S after midnight
It’s all after midnight once
There’s a midnight,
It’s all a matter of
’Stand?!—My boy! Has the
American tragedy in his lap—
Tool’s tarpaulin in
A tool chest,
Only not just
For seamen (semen)
That’s to say, allow me to
How’s the old naval (navel)
Out of memory, a little boy—Rain alights:
It’s ai-ai-nin’, Ricky, Coeur de Lion.
What is in a name?
“Lion-heart”, a horse bridled,
Trappings rise and surround
Princelet out of history;
And more trappings, churning,
Rise and surround,
Dark hair, two dark heads,
On white pillows, tall (dead)
Straight foreheads, the beautiful
Almost sexual brothers.
10.16 I, Arimathaea, / His mirror, / Lights either side—] I, Arimathaea /
His mirror! lights either side, / Lord God!
10.19 Go, / Beg His corpse] “Go, my soul / Beg you His corpse!” [placed before the preceding stanza beginning:
10.21 —Wish I had been broken!] Wish I / The Glass had been broken!
10.23 We will not motor.]
We will not motor:
So’s your old—!
Your precursor who was,
Brought up in court,
He pays the speed-fine.
10.24 Dead mouth] this entire last
segment to the end is indented.
11.4 Not yours— / A broken stanchion.] Mes
parents,— / Stanchion broken // Not yours—’
11.6 Of leaves,] ( As / of leaves)
11.8 Pansy over the heart, dicky-bird.’]
An “Objectivists” Anthology, ed. LZ. Le Beausset, France and NY: To,
12.1 The opening lyric (12.1-12) has been
entirely reworked from the OA version:
Giant sparkler, boats,
(Carousel) lights of the river,
Lights that matter,
Lights of the pier below
From the hill-lights,
Lights of lamps off the tree-green
Lamposts from level of a light
In a truck pulled (song)
Lanterns swinging from horses,
Horses’ sides gleaming lights
From levels of water
12.13 home] home,
12.16 The Last Supper light] Last Supper Lights
12.17 Our beards’] Are our beards’
12.19 us,] us.
12.22 We prayed,] We have prayed, [preceded
by stanza break].
13.10 Fierce Ark!...] LZ
extensively rearranged the rest of this movement, as well as cutting a
substantial section. The following indicates the order of passages and lines as
in OA, with textual variants indicated separately; page and line numbers as in
the final text. OA Errata corrects
the misplacement of lines 13.4-9, which should be as in final text:
Dead loved stone of our Temple walls [to] They assailed us— (13.13-13.22)
Fierce Ark! [to] (Red hair in intaglio) (13.10-12)
Religious, snarling monsters [to] — In the dark run towards me / Shimaunu-Sān ,
my clear star (13.23-14.11)
All turtle-doves have pledged [to] —
Were he alive to forgive
Misuse of his “jargon”.
Misrepresented (also) in an Anthology of—
Of the time,
By a translation;
Surely not for lack of a
postage-stamp— [OA Errata corrects terminal hyphen]
The story runs—‘Even his
too left him’—
Perhaps he might repeat:
“I shall skip a pale and
Subtle poet who was not in fact
Lazy, but the meaning of whose
Painfully inarticulate soul forbids
Me to use him for any purpose, however,
Respectful.”—The Editor, (in a journal,—
Associations: we had a menorah, and
It is, indeed, an honor to be circumcised)
“And to the Sun, I bow [to] Flames in last redness, allow me of your / light—“
Song’s kinship [to] “Deep roots hammer lower” (14.19-23)
“I will gather a chain [to] Never a memory remain” (15.25-16.2)
For the story of it:
My father’s precursors [to] “Treasures turned to sand” (15.6-9)
“My petted birds are dead.” (15.24)
The courses we tide from [to] Song drifts from the noises (15.11-23)
[Notes: In the deleted passage, “an Anthology of—“ refers to An Anthology
of World Poetry, edited by Mark Van Doren (1928), which in the Hebrew
poetry section includes one translation or imitation from the Japanese by
Yehoash translated from the Yiddish by Marie Syrkin, the future wife of Charles
Reznikoff. “The Editor” also refers to Van Doren, who published an article,
“Jewish Students I Have Known,” in The
Menorah Journal (June 1927), in which he refers to Zukofsky in the passage
13.8 lightened] lightened,
13.11 stomach] stomach—
13.12 (Red hair in intaglio)] Red hair in intaglio—
13.13 loves stones] loved stone
13.14 tessellation,] tesselation,
13.17 Hear— / He calleth for Elias—
/ A clavicembalo!] “He calleth for
Elias” / (Clavicembalo!)
13.20 Deafen us, God, deafen us to their music,] God, deafen us to their
13.21 to the ostracized, / They assail us—] to the / ostracized / They
13.23 ‘Religious, snarling monsters’—] Religious, snarling monsters
13.24 And have mouthed a jargon:] Our own children have created a jargon:
13.25 blows, light, on quiet water] blows light upon quiet water,
13.26 travel] travel,
14.2 in the dawn,] at the dawning,
14.9 blossoms,] blossom,
14.10 towards me] towards me—
14.12 All turtle-doves have pledged] Pledged have all turtle-doves
14.18 — Yehoash. / Song’s kindship,]
“Yehoash”: song’s kinship,
14.20 strike.] strike
14.24 “And to the Sun, I bow. / On the gray mountains,] “And to the Sun!
I bow. / On the gray / Mountains when you lie
14.27 crags,] crags
15.1 Bestower— / Of man and tree and sand,]
Bestower of man and tree and sand, [no
stanza break following].
15.5 light—”] light”
15.6 My father’s precursors] For the story
of it: / My father’s precursors
15.7 dinghies, chanted the Speech.]
dingheys, chanted the Speech,
15.10 Yehoash,— / The courses we
tide from.] The courses we tide from— [no
stanza break following].
15.14 Wechmar,] Vechmar,
15.22 A carousel—Flour runs.] Carousel—flour runs—
An “Objectivists” Anthology, ed. LZ. Le Beausset, France and NY: To,
Title In OA: Fifth and Sixth Movements: “And
17.1 night.] (night).
17.2 Leaves, autumn.] In one hand, a leaf /
So that after a time / all’s autumn.
17.3 thread the middle.] Thread: idle down
the brown leaf.
17.4 A cigarette, / Leaf-edge, burning /
obliquely urban, / the branches of trees air / comfort.] heavily reworked and a substantial section
cut as follows:
In the next hand, a cigarette.
Approach brown leaf-edge with burning
Above which will be printed (as above ashes)
city’s university rise
And palestra: Youths—
A wheel—women, trainmen—a wheel,
Felly, marble-blue, chisel-wedge, iron spoke,
Mill-oatmeal (that is how
Music first came into our family),
Ricky Coeur de Lion, carousel horse;
17.9 Kay: The heart has the imagination, / In
case of emergency follow the next lunatic.] Kay: Flowers over the heart, /
Offal (I’m kiddin’ sure) / Offal-and-What, the imagination, / In case of
emergency follow the / next lunatic.
17.11 I: Ask Faust, the reason we’re not further along— / Go-ethe, alias
MacFadden— / He-er vent Hel-ee-na squat from our sidewalks. // One’s thought]
The reason we’re not further along (But this is a swell sun,
Ask Faust aquaplaning, Go-ethe, his spiritual (whew)!
(Hu!) he-er vent Hel-ee-na squat from our Sidewalks,
Pledged turtle doves, (Yehoash) ripped up
Pebble-stones of our tesselation,
Liveforever! flower in flower heart;
17.17 Our voices:] Two voices:
17.19 The courses] the courses
17.20 “Let it go at that, they are a light matter.”] OA Errata corrects missing line.
18.2 One song / Of many voices:] And I: / I
shall continue one song / Tho’ its sound go two ways, / My two voices [no stanza break following].
18.5 (Plaint, clavicembalo)—] (Plaint
18.8 knees] knees,
18.10 (New York, tonight,] (Yet, N.Y.
18.11 trefoil);] trefoil;
18.16 grave-turf);] grave-turf;
18.20 And leaves blowing] And day, leaves blowing
18.21 For I have seen self-taunt / tracked down in the mirror, / And besides
it, asleep, the face open, / Edges of no one like it: Everlasting. / And one
afternoon: a field, / Two windows spacing a wall, / A heavy bulk move back of /
the windows— / A field behind brick wall, painted / with gigantic green elves,
Wrigleys in / rubric— / “Eveline! Eveline!” —Madam, / As against the Fine Arts’
Dogma / The sad clothes line, or / Your laundered conception / of the B.V.D.]
I have seen it, I, writhed, self-taunt
itself down in the mirror,
then, Sleep, yet the face open,
Flower, sea of Waves Shut, clam, looking [OA Errata corrects: locking]
edges of no one like it looking; everlasting;
Of an afternoon. Surrounding: a field, two fields,
Two windows breaking a wall,
A wall spacing two windows,
A heavy bulk which is she
moving back from the windows,
A field, and near left, gigantic in rubric,
green elves, Wrigleys in rubric;
The bulk which is she moves and moves back
from a window
Immaculata concepcione B. V. M. the Fine Arts’ dogma
Pope Pius IX,
(Sad clothes line)
But, Madam, your laundered conception
the B. V. D.!
19.10 That day, / And the Jews eating unleavened
bread;] (That Day the Jews eating not-leavened bread)
19.12 Ramshackle field-weed:—] And behind ramshackle / Hid (chest to
chest ; Horse) / Field-weed,
19.13 “—Lie down / I’ll marry you!”] Lie down you, I’ll marry you!
19.15 The answer: / Do you think we
are sailors?] (Said:) // Do you think we are sailors? [no stanza break following].
19.19 birds,] birds.
19.21 tormented red, / (No glasses between eyes and bark) / Face to bark.]
plein de rouges tourmentes— / Rimbaud (no glasses stopping form bark touch); /
Forehead to bark, face to bark: [no
stanza break following].
19.24 The answer: // Under sky / The winds breathe in the fields. / Standing
there chest to chest,] Under sky clarities / Winds’ intercourse with the
fields, / Breath, love hardly over, trembling.
20.1 One horse / Walked off,] Walking out:
20.3 sunlight] sunlight,
An “Objectivists” Anthology, ed. LZ. Le Beausset, France and NY: To,
21.1 Environs, the seas of —,] Violets’ swath, field weed around
ramshackle, / Environs, always the sea of — [OA Errata corrects: Violet’s]
21.3 The small note with or without a stroke
across the stem;] The note’s stem itself crossed (or uncrossed); [no stanza break following].
21.4 Beata Virgo Maria, when sunlight / Runs
over Mrs. Green,] Blessed, O B. V. M., when upon Mrs. Green / Sunlight runs
21.7 daughter: “Eveline!”] daughter Eveline
21.9 song,] song
21.10 hoiden] hoyden
21.12 And those] Those
21.12 completion in a / voice, their own voice sounding] completion, in a
voice, their / own voice sounding—
21.14 Melody, sequence] Melody, sequence, concepcione, melody,
21.15 you would be;] you would
21.19 blood] blood—
21.20 And the measures (travel outward)] It
is that the measures travel outward,
21.22 comes] which comes
21.23 people,] people—
21.24 common level,] common / level [stanza
22.1 Each, at best, obbligato to the other,]
Each at his best obligato of the other;
22.2 Everyone tired] Tiredness
22.2 differences,] differences;
22.3 Crosses or uncrossed,] Crossed, (or
22.4 Practicing word sleight—] Saying, a
play of word sleight:
22.5 ‘The sea of necessity, yes,] Yes, the
sea of necessity, yes,
22.6 his] his balls
22.7 lightning rod,] lightning rod—
22.8 ask me where’—] ask me where— / Ball of
imperialism, out of / the wave-games / nations— //
22.11 But who would say—] As who should say—
22.13 Fathers, wherever they put their hats,] Fathers (wherever they put
22.14 Spiralled with tessellation] Spiralled, tesselation
22.20 music] music:
22.21 (Fate—fate—fate—void unable
to write / a melody—] Void—fate—fate—fate but unable to write a melody,
22.23 Ludwig and Goethe] Ludwig Van and Go-ethe
22.24 Forms only in snatches, / Words rangeless, melody forced by writing,]
Words rangeless, forms only in snatches, / Melody stopped by dramatic writing,
22.25 past each other)—] past each other:— [no stanza break following].
23.6 center leaf,] center leaf
23.7 the sea,] the sea
23.8 The ears, doors;] The ears—doors
23.9 The words—] The words—shutting
23.17 The song—omits? / No, includes Kay, Anybody. / Ricky’s romance / Of
twenty-three years, in / Detail, continues]
The song out of the voices,
Together! Come ye daughters,
Bring the music!
Environs, (Ricky) the great Magnus
Has married earth’s daughters;
Captain of industry his pit is their sea.
Two) Kay: Anybody, but a particular Anybody.
His environs? (it’s a joke, Ricky,) but in eternity
marries the flower,
Or following a real fiction his attitude towards the flower
Three) Your romance, Ricky
In twenty-three years, (environs) in
Detail continue, [no stanza break
23.22 He—a—pyjamas off—] Nordic boy—pyjamas off—
23.24 ta-ta,] ta-ta
23.26 “I beg your pardon] no stanza
23.27 I’ve a— “h” begins the rhyme here,] I’ve a h begins rhyme here,
24.4 The sailors in the carousel / looking for a
place to bury—Ricky; / Seaweed, fellow voters, and / spewn civic sidewalks.]
Four) Where the
looking for a place to
the story of it, I,
my father’s precursors,
Veit B. while the mill
slugs from the sea-weed,
Fellow Voters, in the sea
artificiality of your economic extinctions
24.9 Thus one modernizes / His lute,] Five)
/ One’s got to modernize / His lute
24.11 Not in] Not by
24.11 another;] another,
24.12 Words] Our words
24.14 Flute—] Flute,
24.15 Tho his melody] (Tho’ his melody
24.15 century—] century,
24.16 And,] Tho’
24.17 dullness—] dullness)
24.17 But when we push up the daisies, / The melody! The rest is accessory:]
Is one identified—
Thus outline we our matter,
These movements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
Sailors, we, pushing up the daisies,
the melody, obligato,
melody, the rest are accessory,—
but Anybody (caps) a particular,
24.20 My one voice. My other: is] Says you! my one voice; my other—is
24.22 nature as creator] naturans
24.23 perfect] perfect,
24.26 a particular,] his life, a particular,
24.28 And that other century / Mentioned thru trains’ run over trestle / one
Easter Sunday:] Kay, a particular, / Ludwig Van and Go-ethe / Of one
century— [this second line placed below;
see OZ text at 25.7].
25.2 filled a barrel with] fills a barrel of
25.3 And sent it to Italy. The Great Boot /
Filled a barrel with— / Its’ hard to say—parts—the men of parts]
And sends it to Italy (observed from the Alps by
The Great Boot fills a barrel with parts,
The men of parts, grant that they were that,— [OA Errata corrects: grand]
quanto a dir) ah, how hard it is to say—
25.6 barrel] barrel,
25.7 And sent it to Napoleon— / Stressing, ‘This
is what we did to your soldiers![’] ] And sends it to
Napoleon—“This / Is what we did to your soldiers”— / (Heard with trains’ run
over trestle / one Easter Sunday)
25.9 And that’s history, contention, / A
cheeseless mousetrap. Fills up spaced paper.”] “That’s history”—fills up
spaced paper / and contention— / “A cheeseless mousetrap, that’s history”—
25.11 kind of particular.] kind of particular—you said it!
25.12 We are] But we are
25.13 to be unemployed,” says / Henry.] to be unemployed.”
25.19 needs it.] OA Errata corrects
terminal quotation mark.
25.24 If goods don’t sell, / It’s because they’re no good] If goods don’t
sell,” says Henry, / “It’s because they’re no good [OA Errata corrects misplaced quotation marks].
25.27 (Disposed of: the short change of labor.)] Disposed of: the short
change of labor.
25.28 labor,] Labor,
25.30 anything,”] anything
25.31 Says Henry,] placed after the
next line in OA; see next.
25.32 “Than there are who don’t know what to do, / I am in the business]
Than there are who don’t know what to do.” / Says Henry, / “I am in the
26.13 Ricky!—] Ricky!
26.14 rise on the heights,] have risen in heights,
26.15 Turrets with windows delight] All turrets with windows delight,
26.16 garnered] are garnered
26.21 spring,] spring season,
26.22 a new coat / He loses his job—] a new coat, (he loses his job)—
26.26 “That’s poetry, he was told.]
“That’s poetry”, he was corrected.
26.27 isn’t it,” said Henry,] isn’t it,” / said Henry,
26.30 say anything.”] say anything,” / says Henry. [no stanza break following].
27.7 moves—] moves,
27.8 A line,] Lines,
27.9 “When you’re phosphates, / They’ll look you
up and discover— / J. S. B. was a Latin instructor— / Some individual your
were!”, / Croaked Mr. Anybody.] OA
Errata notes there should be stanza break before the following:
Laughter. Kay, naked,
Pyjamas flung thru the crook of his elbow:
Zoo-kaw-kaw-someone opens his mouth and you copy,
When you’re phosphates, they’ll look you up and discover
For six yours you was out of a job—
But J.S.B.—Polyphony—’e was a Latin instructor—
Ye daughters!—tiaras, tantrum,
tiaras—or taught ’em
of that sort or other—
Six jobs, six themes at once and fughatta, and all music—
The sea, yeh, yeh, the sea.
But who are we—
Pshaw, says who,
The unholiest is holy—
But I, says Kay, says Kay,
(Innocent as a kid calling himself by his
Mark an individual)
Pshaw, an aphorism.
All aphorisms dogs cuddling to lamposts;
Sorry, so sorry, for sad people, an author, ditto, soft
Good night, Anybody!
27.14 Tastes:] Shift. / Tastes:
27.14 overalls,] overalls
27.20 To find a thing, all things.] To find a thing, all things [no stanza break preceding].
27.23 Greeting myself, despite glasses,] Greeting, myself, Rimbaud / with
27.24 earth a rose,] earth spread a rose,
27.25 particle] particle,
27.26 The palm open,] The palm of the hand lie open
28.7 see] see,
28.11 a full wardrobe and, after] one full clothes closet and, when
28.12 here, entirely to yourself,] here is entirely to yourself
28.13 ’s a closet] A closet
28.14 The time] And the time
28.15 By Mazola,] By Mazola
28.16 The heyday of revivals of western movies, / After the cowboys] The
heyday revival of western movies / Immediately after the cowboys
28.18 angels,] angels
28.19 Seriously,] Seriously:
28.20 The young lady, remorseful, having brought] The young lady
remorseful who had brought
28.21 by taking to smoking] by having taken to smoking—
28.22 Wore the gray stockings again] You know the gray stockings
28.26 Glory of the Seas by Free Wash out of Tan Seamen, / vs. Temper
Awake by Splashed out of Sleep,] Glory of the Seas by Free
Wash out of Tan Seamen, / Temper Awake by Splashed out of Sleep— [OA Errata corrects: wash].
28.28 I’ll grant you dogs— / But a horse, / That’s an animal!] I’ll grant
you dogs, / But a horse / That’s / an animal.
29.3 —gaging her speed.] and thus he gaged
her speed. [no stanza break following].
29.5 The time was Arcy Bell:] The time was:
29.6 nigger] nigger.
29.7 Had] As had
29.7 country home] country (summer) home
29.8 patch on which] patch outside on which
29.19 he ‘conveniently did shoot them’ / In the few hours we were not worked
/ in the Post Office together,] he conveniently did shoot them / (In the
spare hours when we did not / work in the P.O. together,
29.12 with his projection of / forehead—] promontory of forehead—
29.14 slight, plus inherited New England / seafaring suavity—] and
inherited New England, / slight, / seafaring suavity
29.16 aw-alwls,] awls
29.17 oi-oi-ly edge of a feather!] oily edge of a feather . . .
29.18 agin’ the wall!] ’gainst the wall,
29.19 Shoot high yaller / Agin’ the wall!”] Shoot high yaller ’gainst the
wall . . .”)
29.22 And Eliza Jane, his friend’s wife / who was invited only with her
husband, / That they paired off always / As individual families,] And Eliza
Jane (her kids: “here lies a Jane!”), his friend’s wife / who came only on
invitation, / That they walked only with their hubbies,— / Two individual
families, [OA Errata corrects:
30.1 golf-course.] golf / course.
30.2 I tell you this man had vistas:—] But I
tell you this man had vistas:
30.5 entrees.] entrées.
30.7 And the—the—the] And they—they—the
30.10 twenty-five dollar] $25
30.11 Their children got jobs because “they didn’t] Those who were their
grandchildren / Who got jobs because “They didn’t
30.13 Uncle] Unk
30.15 ‘hertical,’] heretic,
30.17 The heretics sought perfection, Blessed Virgin Mary, as tho / your lips
were] The heretics, seeking perfection, B.V.M., as if your / word were
30.20 But, naturally,] Naturally,
30.21 time] time when
30.27 The women held] The women holding [no stanza break preceding].
30.28 was buttressed by women.] buttressed by women—
30.29 The star, Venus, bathed / In the sunsets / of elegant, imperial
islands—] Venus au bain— / How are the sunsets / in elegant, imperial
31.2 Mr.—‘we own your, this government /
benefits by our protection. . .’—] Mr. We-Our-your, This-Government— /
31.4 And in Haiti / Mars] West also in
Haiti? / And does Mars
31.7 Tinkered] Tinker
31.8 Stars.] Stars?
31.9 An accent, not any one nation’s] Their
accent, not any one nation’s,
31.12 A passion] The grand passion
31.13 A vague] The vague
31.14 Aging eyes, impish, overhanging / Carafes on bars / Under leaves
serrated in falls, / And at theatricals.] Aging eyes wandering impish, /
(Overhanging, carafes on bars, / Leaves serrated in falls, / Theatrical
31.20 And above terraces of the city, a hill,] Or above the terraces of
the hill city, [no stanza break preceding].
31.23 ‘Disturbed?’ ‘What’s in the underbrush?’] Disturbed? What’s in the
31.24 belly,] belly.
31.25 White teeth perhaps] (White) / Teeth . . . perhaps . . .
32.10 pulp-wood] pulp wood
32.11 Tho] Tho’
32.11 pulp-wood.] pulp-wood;
32.23 New York,] N.Y.,
32.25 At Lake Michigan in Chicago, / Left a note] Stopped by Lake
Michigan, Chicago, / And left a note
32.28 A roof, like a green sea, of a desert shack in Nevada,] Green sea
roof: desert shack in Nevada—
33.1 a city] a city.
33.2 Divorced] Was, divorced
33.3 Was advised in the night life] Advised
in the night-life
33.5 highway.] highway,
33.6 highway.] highway,
33.7 roads.] roadways.
33.10 there’s nothin’ in it; / The Treasury is like a spittoon, / Except that
you’ve got to fill it with taxes; / So there’s no reason] there’s nothin’
in it: / You’ve got to fill the Treasury spittoon / with taxes, / And no reason
33.16 to laugh] to laugh—
33.17 Bust up] Bust-up
33.18 Henry didn’t—] Henry didn’t have ’em:
33.19 gravy,—] gravy,
33.21 I had ’em, kept ’em] I had ’em kept ’em
33.22 wanted ’em. You bet they
wanted ’em.] wanted ’em, you bet they wanted ’em.” [stanza break following].
33.23 But in peace times / You’ve got to use things,] Was advised: /
“You’ve got to use things, too,
33.26 the other fellow has.—] he’s got it.”
33.27 Yes, I’m retired.”] Retired. [no
stanza break following].
34.2 one word:] one word in a chorus /
34.4 Then] lacking and no stanza break.
34.5 “A — sole, a — sole] A sole, a sole
34.7 Two — pis
two — pis / Two pistols on his knee”] Two pis two pis / Two pistols
on his knee [no stanza break following].
34.9 Every day’s a love day to a sailor,] So
everyday’s a love day to a sailor
34.10 Who’s] And who’s
34.11 Show me him and I’ll show you he’s paler / ’N yaller b’sides his
bunting flag unfurrled] Wand’r a sailor (example he of paler / Than yaller
’gainst his bunting flag unfurled:
34.14 Dem Rooshans ain’t rational, why! / De damn fools] “Dem Rooshuns
ain’t rational, / Why de damn fools [no
stanza break preceding].
34.16 An’ make ’t—phwhat nerve!—] And make ’t (phwat nerve!)
34.17 Bolshewiki; wher’ do they git that stuff—] Bolshewiki wher’d they
git that stuff”
34.18 “Asunder!”] The voice of one word / falling— / “Asunder!” [no stanza break following and indented].
34.25 Indians] Indians,
35.1 Employed] Indians employed
35.2 white men:] white men,
35.4 Indian’s counsel proceeded cautiously,]
asked cautiously the Indian’s counsel,
35.16 when incited. Beyond] when incited.
35.17 Parched earth and fog here: / Type of mind faking a thirst for itself—
/ Land’s jest—] Earth parched, yet fog, / Minds faking a thirst for
themselves— / Land’s jest:
35.20 ‘hard’ poetry—] “hard poetry”,
35.21 theatrical rock—] theatrical rock,
35.22 Living in a tower beyond rock,] A tower, of course, theatrical
rocks and a tower—
35.23 Sophocles.] Sophocles— / Rhymes . . . / Friends’ ends . . . / Siss
abyss . . . / Tough trough . . .
35.24 While in the sea] lacking.
35.26 In the sun as they sank.] In the sun as they sink— / Pacific— / We
have no need for sounded contacts, / We don’t have ’em.
35.27 Returned,] Achieved: [no stanza
36.1 To adequate] And adequate
36.1 “Camels”;] “Camels”
36.2 New York] N.Y.
36.3 Bay water viscous / where the waves mesh;]
Water as white spun glass
the waves mesh,
The waters cushion the coast rocks.
36.5 To her and / Her mother half-blind;]
Katja, / Mother aveugle,
36.7 Stone sculpture, head against white,
streaked wall paper, / water-marked,] Stone sculpture (head) against
streaked wall paper, white / and water-mark,
36.10 at night waking] waking at night
36.11 trai-n, ca-ar,] trai-n ca-ar,
36.12 Or waked to make,] Being waked to make,
36.13 Michelangelo,] Michael Angelo,
36.15 We sang Le Roi] Singing: le Roi [no stanza break preceding].
36.16 Red piano under the stone head,] (Red piano under the stone head)
36.17 I love”—] I love,”
36.19 “Waken my fair one from they slumber,” / “The gentle mother that thee
bore,”] “Waken my fair one from thy slumber,” / Singing . . . / Tiny baby
head . . . / does not hear . . . ca-ar trai-n / “The gentle mother that thee
bore,” [no stanza breaks preceding or
36.21 Or another night,] And together another night
36.22 Mary with us, “Noël est revidici, chantons, Noël, Noël,”] Mary
Marie: “Noel est revidici, chantons, Noel, Noel,”
36.24 Road,] Rd,
36.25 New York] N. Y.
36.25 steeples not steeples] steeples (not steeples . . .)
36.26 turret lights not turret lights. By day] turret lights (not turret
lights . . .), by day, marble-blue
36.27 spires, roofs,] spire-roofs
36.28 A bridge. . . cobweb, no, a bridge, if you look hard;] A bridge
crosses (cobweb, no, a bridge, if you look hard);
37.3 “J.S.B.,] Katja, “J.S.B.,
37.3 that Chorale] the Chorale,
37.7 Sounded contacts,] (sounded contacts)
37.10 J.S.B. just stands up?”] J.S.B, just stands up?”—
37.11 round] around
37.13 passed in black, like / Hooded cameras, as if photographing / the
world.] pass under black, / Cameras that walk, as if to photograph / the
37.18 Revel] Revel—
37.24 so good] as good
37.27 always,] always.
37.30 five years after the Passion,] after the Passion, / Set to music
five years after the Passion,
38.1 And not performed till nine years later]
But performed not till 9 years later
38.3 audience:] audience, [stanza break following].
38.5 Harlem.—] Harlem:
38.6 All about a maiden coffee-bidder—] All
about a maiden / Who was a coffee-bidder—
38.10 Beginning] stanza break
38.12 Quiet—cut the gab—] Be still please, cut the gab—
38.15 Forgetting / I said: / Can]
I forget— // Said: // Can`
38.22 At eventide // Venus come up
// How shall I—] At eventide, cool
hour of rest // Who rests? // That is Venus come up! // And I, / How shall
38.25 grave’s turf,] grave turf,
38.26 With all this material / to what distinction—] With all this
material? // To what distinction, // Horses, she saw? // My—
Poetry 37.5 (Feb. 1931).
An “Objectivists” Anthology, ed. LZ. Le Beausset, France and NY: To,
Title In OA: Seventh Movement: "There are
39.6 them;] them,
39.6 Blood red] in Poetry printing throughout: Blood-red
39.9 “Street Closed”] Poetry printing has a preceding stanza break.
39.11 and the jiggers] and, the jiggers [Poetry printing without comma].
39.12 cut out.] cut out,
39.13 tho] tho’ [throughout OA
spelled this way, but Poetry printing as in final text].
39.13 here, pass] here pass
39.19 arrear?] arrear?)
39.22 gut,] gut
40.6 of orchards] OA Errata corrects: or orchards.
40.9 see?)] see?
40.10 close,] in Poetry: close;
40.19 We’ll] in Poetry: we’ll
40.19 fellow] follow [Poetry
41.3 necks ’ve] necks ’ave
41.14 logs] OA Errata corrects:
41.27 blossoms red,] in Poetry:
41.29 (creaked — / wind —) — SUN —] (creaked — wind —) / — SUN [OA Errata corrects hyphen after creaked;
Poetry printing as in final text].
42.1 months’] in Poetry: month’s
42.4 OA lacks break between preceding line, but
Poetry printing as in final text.
42.10 other.] in Poetry: the
42.13 Bother,] “Bother,
42.17 who will?] in Poetry: Who
New Directions 1938, ed. James Laughlin.
43.21 instrument)] instrument),
44.1 "Pray we our Lord"] To bury
Lord Jesu together / To bury the song and Lord Jesu / "Pray we our
Lord," the State's forget-me-nots
45.26 "Equal right . . presupposes inequality] "Equal right . .
'bourgeois right' . . presupposes inequality,
45.27 not] not
45.28 exploitation] exploitation
46.12 antagonism.] antagonism . .
46.16 The mind] That our mind
47.6 No thought exists] Workers, no thought
of a system exists
47.26 The facts] But the facts
48.1 to reject] not to affirm
48.9 Pace them] Pace them / In revolution
are the same!
48.10 Railways and highways have tied] the original first stanza of this May Day song has been deleted:
Workers and farmers unite
You have nothing to lose
But your chains
The world is to win
This is May Day! May!
Your armies are veining the earth!
48.14 This is May] This is May Day! May!
48.20 This is May] This is May Day! May!
48.26 This is May] This is May Day! May!
49.1 March / From hirer unchained / till your
gain / Be the / World's]
March comrades in revolution
From hirer unchained
the freedom of all
The World's May Day! May!
May of the Freed of All the Earth!
50.4 assume!] assume:
52.8 hummingbird] humming-bird [ditto at 52.11].
53.10 ‘come over’] ‘come over.’
59.1 bodyguard’s] body-guard’s
59.9 Two time] Two-time
59.19 six months,] six months
62.22 lily-pads,] lily-pads.
65.25 And loved so long,] And loved, solong,
Constant, virgin, palm wiping her lips
Insulted by love, and
Fled, rightly, from the German movies,
Such as "The Love Pirate"
With its wail! navel-music.
Who spent her love on no one.
66.11 This linen table napkin—] three
lines deleted from the beginning of this section: If Lady Greensleeves, at
fifty, would stop looking / Down at her instep to attract the youngest / Male
66.16 Its landscape depicts a bull,] This napkin copied by a W.P.A.
worker. / (The best American photographers are W.P.A. workers.) / Its landscape
depicts a bull, too—
67.6 everything.] everything,
67.22 Visitors, by] Visitors by
70.16 Is the vis inertia of class
history] this section continues:
The habits of thought ruled by the
impressive affairs of its lives:
Imagination and inertia
"He who does not work shall not eat."
In the U.S.S.R. the principle
socialism is being realized:
"From each according to his ability,
To each according to his work."
70.22 Without disputing their accounts.] originally followed by the stanza now at 71.7-12.
70.23 1655. All Jews are ordered to depart / From this place.] 1655. N.Y.
Wages of a servant girl, $3.50 per month. / (And now!) / 1655. All Jews are
ordered to depart / From this place. (N.Y.)
71.6 Put away your green paper accordion:] see note at 70.22; in place of this stanza
was the following deleted stanza: 1735. Sons of Liberty, / John Lamb, Wm.
Bradford, Hugh Gaines, John Holt, / (Gazette Spy).
72.22 Have got to experience it / on their bodies.] This conceited lot
have got to experience it / on their bodies, and / Every further step must be
forced upon them / by a defeat.
72.24 Yet, like everything in America,] Yet, like everything in America,
/ Driven by natural necessity,
73.1 Democracy] 1828. Democracy
74.8 what it is in] what it is, in
74.12 production.] production;
74.16 material. Each] material—each
75.7 Make] Made
75.12 The way the North] And 1862.
Marx to Engels: / The way the North
75.13 Might have been expected] Might have been expected / From a bourgeois republic,
75.21 All Lincoln's Acts . . / conditions] All Lincoln's Acts . . mean /
75.29 Parisian gentlemen . . / Babble science and know nothing.] Parisian
gentlemen . . heads full of Proudhon's phrases. / They babble about science and
76.2 Scorn all revolutionary action / Which can be carried by political means] They scorn all revolutionary action, / Action arising out of the class struggle
itself . . / All . . which can be carried by political means
76.3 as the legal
limitation of the working day] (e.g., the legal limitation of the working day).
76.6 Curiously enough] The slogan . .
organization for the struggle against capital, / And curiously enough
76.8 (in Baltimore.)] (in Baltimore) / By
the correct instinct of the workers.
76.25 ‘occupy’ . .] no stanza break following.
78.17 world,] world.
79.30 sales.] sales;
80.16 Once more . . under] Once more we are under
80.23 That our . . civilization] That our so-called civilization
81.1 (Brooks: men work] (Brooks: Mostly men
81.20 mirrors.] mirrors,
83.11 with what / is about us.] no
83.13 born / here (in New York)] no
83.24 for three acts.] for three acts— / Which has nothing to do with it.
84.12 graveyard / shift,] no line
84.26 by-product—] by-product,—
85.6 Wherever I sit] Wherever I sit, said
Morris Raphael Fable
85.26 wolf from the door] wolf off from the door
86.4 And tip off his friends who retrieve / The
state of Pennsylvania]
And tip off his friends, who like him believe
That, in a democracy, window-breaking is a function.
Tell them to tell him that we are all writing this book
Of the state of Pennsylvania
To be called "IT IS OURS."
86.6 Like the present governor of that State,]
Likewise to the present governor of that State, / What if he doesn't stay
finally in our company,
88.6 stream-line.] streamline.
88.27 hat] hath
89.1 With wit or steel?]
With wit or steel?
These claim to have conquered Marxism
For eighty years in the hearts of the workers—
And the proof that they won't:
The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics,
Shock worker of Marxist Workers thruout the world.
89.7 Or any possible alliance of enemies.] this stanza continues: And we arm, not
to match strength with them / But to keep them from matching strength with us /
With impunity. —Commissar for the Workers.
89.17 come out] still come out
90.3 to distract minds? / Boost figures] to
distract minds, what? / Boost your figures
90.18 cite Lenin:] cite Lenin: / When I ‘became a speaker’
90.23 flattered by country.’] flattered by country.’ / Yankee or Slav,
the Communist speaks to, / Speaks for, the masses.
91.6 Untiring action,] Untiring Party
91.19 Good day,] Good day, comrades,
91.21 the International] the Communist International
91.26 attributes all society] attributes all phenomena in society
92.11 egg of ideas] egg of bourgeois ideas
93.9 Jenny] Johnny
94.4 motors.] General Motors.
96.15 Township] township
97.5 who’s] who’d
97.20 had asked): // The gas station] no
98.23 The Manifesto?] The Manifesto of the party itself?
98.25 dinner the year after,] dinner early the year after,
99.4 home,] home.
100.7 More than one civil war:] no
stanza break preceding.
103.24 Molinare] Molinaro
104.16 thru] through
104.25 shard] shards
104.29 you.] you