Notes on the Assemblage - Part 5, "i do not know what a painting does" Summary & Analysis

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“Jackrabbits, Green Onions, and Witches Stew” - The poem is written with a rhythmic pattern similar to a child's skipping chant, with a pair of rhymes at the beginning and at the end. The poem refers to a number of things, all on a “dinky planet on a skateboard of dynamite.” The speaker says s/he is not going to run, laughing and “blowin’ my bubble gum sun” (48).

“Tasmano” - A subtitle comments that this poem is written “after Alfredo Arreguin’s paintings.” The first stanza of the poem is arranged in an arrowhead shape, while the second stanza is roughly in the shape of a paragraph, the length of its lines steadily decreasing into a single word. The poem is written in both English and Spanish, with the first stanza in English, and the second...

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