Inspired, or egged on perhaps, by my own recent discussion of found poetry in the satirical, parodic, or derivative mode, I’ve put together a new poem by Geoffrey Hill. Source below, plus the rules of composition, but let the poetry speak:
fiede at acesaga ubur in ex lecta none
Plumage coloration: sexually selected
male quality | female condition.
Dependent trait, animal behaviour: a red bird
in a brown bag–the function and evolution
of ornament. House finch mechanics
carotenoid based. Coloration a basis of variation.
Male finches choosing mates (good genes!) –
Genes that are a good fit [jeers! - ED]. Effects
of endoparasitism the expression,
melanin-based | ornamental coloration.
Below is a screen shot of the source text [click for size], which I stumbled on using Google image search a few weeks ago. [Fun challenge to readers: write a different Geoffrey Hill poem using the same source.]
Other than one insertion by “-ED” in the style of Hill’s editorial incursions in Speech! Speech! all the text is from this page, in the original right-to-left sequence, beginning with “Auburn University.” I’ve elided words and parts of words, removed and inserted punctuation (including the “raised pipe”), and re-spaced and relineated the resultant text.