since syntax is first

by Joseph Brannan
(with thanks to e. e. cummings)

since syntax is rst
who pays any attention
to the feeling of things
will never wholly parse you;

wholly to be a poet
while Grammar is in the world

my mind approves,
and sentences are better fate
than haiku
lady i swear by all the style guides. Don’t comma splice
—the best gesture of my heart is less than
your substantive nouns which say

we are for each other: then
compose, declining into the dative
for a paragraph’s not life

And death i think is no lexical gap