On Every Point – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Laura is hosting Meet the Bar with an invitation to take two prose works and take a page form each, and from those pages take lines that appeal and weave them into a poem.

dVerse Poets – MTB – Patchworking Some Prose

The two pieces of prose I have chosen are:

  1. ‘Finnegans Wake’ by James Joyce – lines from Location 448 of the Kindle version.
  2. ‘The Philosophy of Modern Song’ by Bob Dylan – lines from page 2 of the Kindle version.
The first line is from Finnegans Wake, and then alternating.

"I have squandered a gigantic fortune of work hours." Christopher Isherwood

On Every Point

On every point,
squandering opportunities,
a baser meaning has been 
read into these characters
of which decency can safely, 
scarcely hint, 
one fruitless search after another,
each one taking an unexpected turn,
there are certain statements which ought not to be,
nobody will ask you for an explanation,
seems like you've been here your whole life.
The piece was this,
look at the lamps,
you rode a train full of merchandise northbound.

Copyright 2023 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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Filed under carefree, Free Verse, life, poem, quote

14 responses to “On Every Point – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. The Bob Dylan book seems like it would be an interesting read.

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    • It was a great read, he really gets into the 66 songs and their context, significance, the writers, musos, etc. Having said that it is not exhaustively detailed, but their are some wonderful anecdotes and info.

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  2. sanaarizvi

    This is expertly wrought, Paul! ❤️ I could have never figured it out that it was patchworked if not for the prompt. Color me impressed 😀

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  3. Goodness this is good! Joyce and Dylan in a tight lined, uptight, upright, kind of Maggie’s farm refrain


  4. These lines are woven together seamlessly! I never would have thought the poem to be a patchwork.


  5. lync56

    Quite a challenge I imagine – you nailed it tho


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