Music & Poetry Mash Up: Alphabet of Mother Language - Anne Waldman + Say Goodbye to the Night - Kail Baxley

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Say Goodbye to the Night


Alphabet of Mother Language

If Kali were a car, what kind of car would she be? A Batmobile? She, as
primordial vehicle. She with emanations to wiles of any mother. She with hair
on fire. Mouth a flame with wrathful breath. This is the feminine speaking, this
is the mouth and body and curse of the female. See her on the street, in the
subway, at the endless-wait terminal. She waiting. Many storms of waiting.
Just below the surface. Red eyes, gaping mouth, lolling tongue. Definition in a
defining way the deafening roar of Kali which is the roar of Time. She is Time.
And She devours Time. Naked Time. Naked Kali. She is an open system. She
eats energy and manifests energy. No concept need apply. She is the flickering
tongue of Agni, fire. She is the mother of language and mantra. She is all 51
letters of the Devanagari alphabet, each letter a form of energy, a twinge of
energy, a torque of energy. Each letter a star, each letter a sign, each letter an
empyrean gesture, each letter a captured sound, each letter a resolve, each
letter a rune, each letter a whiplash, each letter a scorching brand, each letter  
a flame, each letter a twitch, each letter a bundle of firewood, each letter a
thirsty pioneer, each letter a charnel ground, each letter a rice harvest, each
letter a cooking pot, each, each letter a treasure, each letter a tide now rising,
each letter an eolithic moon, each letter a sun in shadow, each letter a love
affair, each letter a possible mistake, each letter a symbol of change, each
letter a wheel, each letter a wheel of change, each letter a triumph, each letter
a solar wind, each letter a storm, each letter a cameo appearance, each one a
treaty, each one a place where plutonium safely resides, each one an
hedrumite resolution, each one an epitrope, each one an orchestra of many
gongs, each one an evening, a morning with snow, a morning with scorching
heat, each one a necessary tribulation, each one a massacre that will be
revealed, each one a torture that will be revealed, each letter a bamboo
thicket, each one a candle lit to all the deities in all ten directions of space,
each one a pillow, a mat, a blanket, each one a water buffalo, each one a
bride, each one a hag, each letter a palpable hit...

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