P R I N C E S T R E E T B R I D G E

5 1 ° 2 6 ’ 5 4 ” N , 2 ° 3 5 ’ 4 8 ” W

 

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1. stand the poem upright

2. hoist its little lines like

a flag 3. if this doesn’t work,

try to position the poem

against a rock, crane or curb

and loosen its syntax amongst

the weekend tourists’ train tracks

that run a little slower

than the poem allows

4. set some part of it

a    d       r        i            f                     t

on the surface of the river

so that you might mirror

its movement 5. comb out

the commas and cast the poem’s

softer sounds to tangle in the sails

6. and with the breath

you have                 left

start                     to sing.