The Forest of Words / la forÉt de mots / el bosque de palabras /der Wald von WÜrtern - an art work by T Newfields


In the forest of words
countless life forms take shape
words nourish many creatures
and over time
eco-systems of language
evolve and mutate

All words feed off of each other
& silence is a primal ground
so when you enter semantic jungles
be alert
many words are out to seduce you
reduce you, & induce you
to buy-believe-sell-relieve
all sorts of things
through soothing sounds . . .

Poetry in particular is
a venus-fly-trap
whose honeyed sweetness
sticks to neural tracks

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- 33 -
Juanita: Doesn't this seem like an anti-poem?
Jack: I'm not sure, but the 'forest of literature' seems
pretty crowded to me. Every written work is
heading towards obscurity.
Shu: That's okay. Forests maintain a balance of growth
and decay. We are but grains in a vast cultural soil
and influence those around us in unseen ways.