Kathleen Fraser grew up in Oklahoma, Colorado, and California and received a degree in English Literature from Occidental College (California) in 1959. She was a Full Professor of Writing at San Francisco State University and the director of its Poetry Centre for several years before deciding to dedicate herself to writing full-time. From 1983 to 1991 she also published and edited the journal HOW(ever), which was devoted to innovative and experimental writing by women.
Fraser has published more than 15 books, including several mixed-genre collections. Her honours and awards include the New School’s Frank O’Hara Poetry Prize and the American Academy’s Discovery Award, as well as a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Fraser splits her time between San Francisco and Rome.
My below poem is inspired by the last line of Fraser’s “re:searches”: “this / language we come up against” and develops the idea of the cosmetics industry’s linguistic influence on women in a kind of Dada play.
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Or: This Language We Come Up Against (after Kathleen Fraser)
Active Nature, two women; the Bottle.
feel the damage essence ends shine scalp deep
required condition hence: feel deep
scars & skin & scalp
WOMEN [in chorus]:
for to adorn us
and our formulated hair looking
feel with skin revitalised of e
enriched oil replenishing for moisture surely?
smooth skin – of course, and daily!
moisture, you apply with youthful healthy for enriched often
your formulated look formation blend feels smooth
Vera with hair into appearance only.
help to look healthy and smooth
indulgent and …
feel restored and enriched revitalised for moisturisers
my hair to hair and hair hair skin
dry creamy smoothness
strokably yours certainly.
the oily silky richly natural strokability?
create the natural healthy clean, Vera
tightness daily and smoothness
you’re your smoothness
frizzy nails and hair and feels too long
Is it nature?
add strength to your frizzy body
add feel soft shiny & smooth moisturisation too
hair advanced your feel
what fresh nature often moisturise
the blissful down?
hair and formation
smoothness anti-evaporation strokability
frizzy replenished too
feel with damaged gorgeously
help down hair
or split massage with essence
WOMEN [in chorus]:
smooth if any