She flashed me the ugly hard, I did not know her
sonnet no. xlviii, 2
This crown of sonnets
In May I wrote a strange sonnet, which took as its catalyst an interaction between a white man and a Filipina-American responding to the Baybayin script tattooed on the white man’s arm. This poem began a crown sequence: in May and June I worked through the first eight of those sonnets, and published five for this series.
I worked a little in the dark as to what the point of the crown was. I took as part of my fill the stories told in Joseph Campbell’s Primitive Mythology about the sacrificial rites and the immolation of the deities in ancient cultures: this helped underpin a story ( or at least a layout ) for the sequence.
I’m re-publishing the sequence again to get the first poems a little caught up to the themes that revealed themselves later. The poem below is a revision, mostly at the volta, of the first poem in the sequence.
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In the next weeks I’ll work to bring out the entire sequence. Some of it will be a reworking of the previous drafts, others will be new. If I falter, it’s likely I took a misstep somewhere in the sequence and will have to turn back and go over the old ground again. I’m hoping you will be patient with me, if that’s the case.