'All of Nichol’s paintings is stamped via his wish to create texts which are accomplishing themselves in addition to in context, and to take advantage of oblique structural and textual units to hold that means. In The Martyrology alternative ways of conversing testify to a trip via other ways of being. Language is either the poet’s teacher and, via its quite a few diversifications, the dominant 'image' of the poem. The [nine] books of The Martyrology record a poet’s quest for perception into himself and his writing via scrupulous cognizance to the messages hidden within the morphology of his personal speech.’ – Frank Davey
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Powerhouse cubes turbines hummed in, platesteel mains the airblast thrummed in are quiet, and the sudden roar of blown-off steam . . At night the needle gleam Vulcan and Mars over Birmingham 19 where the ladle poured at the pig machine/ the deep smoulder of an iron run and the spreading light of molten slag over the sleeping town are seen no more now mills and men are down. FIRE BY NIGHT when the burnt black bodies of the homeless were found in the embers of the Negro church into which they had crept to sleep on the floor the wails of the people traveled down the cold wind and reached the ears of the rich on the mountain like the distant whistle of a fast train coming VULCAN AND MARS OVER BIRMINGHAM Here banal upon his parapet the god of work gesticulates aloft clumsily moulded from ore of the marvelous mountain.
We made out all right. We couldn't complain. Of course we taken fever and chills. Next farm we rented over by Slick, but they struck oil on it and put us off. Good river bottom land I farmed on next, belonging to a banker. I cleaned it up and then we moved to Kansas. My wife's folks lived there. Some wheat growers come in and fenced the open range. We sold our stock and moved on back to Oklahoma, figuring we might do better in country that we knew. We found a place close to Muskogee and made a bumper crop, the best there was in all that neighborhood, then moved again to Tahlequah and stayed two years.
That is where the drought first caught us. If I could just look forward like I do backwards! To quiet the mortgage on my stock I sold some cattle off, ten dollars for each cow I'd paid a hundred for. I owed the bank a little land note so I sold two hounds, two running hounds, for a hundred sixty-five. Two hounds brought more than sixteen head of cattle! We stayed five years before we sold that farm and bought a larger one. We made the best and biggest corn and cotton crop in all that country our first year but when we left after four years I owed the bank five hundred and all I had was three old mules, a pony, and not one cow.
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