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a selection from diluvium

July 16, 2012

by JeFF Stumpo

Selection from diluvium by JeFF Stumpo


JeFF Stumpo writes: “diluvium is a 64-page long poem / poetic sequence. In the center of each page is an 8-line rhyming poem representing the conscious utterances of Noah and/or his wife as they wait out the Flood. Surrounding them is an ‘ocean’ of their subconscious, or perhaps Collective Unconscious, consisting of free verse, fragments, word salad, and visual poetry (words forming hurricanes, raindrops, darkness, wings, etc.). This selection comes at the critical moment at which tensions between the couple and towards their god are rising, they decide to release the raven, and the result is less than either of them had hoped for.”

JeFF Stumpo is a poet who creates visual and performance (as well as more mainstream) pieces and is an adjunct professor of English at the University of Tennessee at Martin. For more, visit his website.

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  1. July 17, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Enjoyed this – the structure and effect.

  2. Barbara LaMorticella
    December 29, 2012 at 6:32 am

    What an interesting idea! I find the words here carry an emotional charge, cracked syntax and all.

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