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Notes I (from The Dream of Gravity)

Mark Povinelli


A Retelling: Stings of insects and reptiles are more
severe at the full of the moon. Edited, Cora Daniels
and C.M. Stevans, Encyclopedia of Superstitions,
Folklore and the Occult Sciences of the World

Jar: mommy made tiny to love, Russian Folklore

Tacit: wasp in a wig, Lewis Carroll, omitted episode
from Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found

Reminiscent Coffee: Do frogs dream?, Peppermint is
peppery. Caroline Povinelli

Cadence of Gravity: ...tepees and telegraph poles,
shirt buttons..., Margalit Fox, Emmett L. Bennett
Jr., Expert on Ancient Script, Dies at 93
, The New York

Note Crave: ... ever since Joads’ pig devoured Jacob’s
baby, John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

Motivation of Protest: Showers of frogs..., Charles
Fort, Lo!; A Conference of Birds, Farid ud-Din Attar, A
Conference of Birds

Armored: orderly angel-elephants, Edward R. Tufte,
Visual Explanation

Glass Bottom Boats: one, two, three, four, five,
six, seven,/All good children go to heaven
, Edited,
Cora Daniels and C.M. Stevans, Encyclopedia of
Superstitions, Folklore and the Occult Sciences of the

Concerning Opinions: licensers’ of thought, John
Milton, Areopagitica: A Speech for the Liberty of
Unlicensed Printing

Chernobylite Experiment: What if the mass from
Vat room No. 4 found its way into 3-17. Edgar Rice
Burroughs, Synthetic Men of Mars

Stone Tablets: Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury,
Fahrenheit 451

Of Coincidence: A. Sphere, Joe Muatz, et al.,
Transmission Through an Arbitrary Aperture in a 3-D
Conducting Surface Enclosing Chiral Material
Transactions on Antennas and Propagation; A. Sphere,
Edwin Abbot, Flatland

Imaginary Beings: Imaginary Beings, Jorge Luis
Borges, The Book of Imaginary Beings

Student of Carisolo: an eye for an eye or maybe one and
a half
, Angelo Povinelli

Cats Play: pushmi-pulyu, Hugh Lofting, The Story of
Doctor Doolittle

Mark Povinelli was born in Buffalo, New York and grew up in Louisiana. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Syracuse University. He is the author of Hunting for Box Turtles, Disconnections, and Gram Water, an exploration of image as verse.

ISSUE THREE: Alertly Messy | next poem →

ISSUE THREE: Alertly Messy

Kelly Nelson
   My Uncle at Nineteen
   His Mother Writes
      the Warden, 1955

Jon-Michael Frank
   Funny How Time Slips Away
   Not Fade Away

Jacqueline Jules
   Obsolete Angers

J. Bradley
   Yelp Review:
     Planned Parenthood
    of Greater Orlando

   Yelp Review:
     The Milk Bar

Amy Schriebman Walter
   Hope in a Yellow Dress

Miho Kinnas

Mark Povinelli
   Notes I
   Notes II

Kenneth Nichols
   The Best Writers
     Bombed the SAT

John Patsynski
   The Money Weapon

Aileen Bassis
   Pellucid Musing

Travis Macdonald
   When the Map's Crease
      Becomes an Axis
      and Detaches

Kris Hall
   Pyromanian I
   Pyromanian II

Claire Scott
   Harbor Lights

Elizabeth Kate Switaj
   Poseidon's Canto