In the background, like a mournful coyote howl, you'll hear the refrain of a Shoshone ghost dance song.
W. M. W. ms. O. Raven. Ravine.
Start over. The pen seemed to move on its own
over the blackbound memo pad. Go on.
Personal trivia. All farmland then,
up around Summit Avenue, near the Miriam.
The hospital. Henry sipped his wake-up call.
[God, this is so lame.] An uncle
of the owners before us–at 132 [damn
these rhymes!] – drowned in the '38 hurricane.
Worked for the city – carried in a whirlpool
down a sewer hole.
man underboard. Guy full of wormholes,
starboard hazy, green, tornadoish. . .
all black and blue [Jeesh,
Peatie-boat, c'mon, where are you? What? Moles?]
rose dusty out of the stolen contraption
beating his drumguitar, smoking cigar – some
politician! Clinton, wondering how to hum
about slavery while in Africa – lowly, with contrition.
If you stand over the manhole cover downtown,
in the dusky light the East Side is swiss cheese –
mountainous, with anonymous accounts – countless
caves underneath, where the underground
railroad hid the runaways. Earth Quakers,
making freedom face the coppers of the realm.
Still hollow there, under a. . . well, a spoken dream.
[I love good scotch whiskey with crackers,
Bluejay.] A dead man in a coffin – what
does he dream about? Like Dorr at Swan Point?
[East Side. Go left at Rochambeau, right
at Blackstone Boulevard.] Ghost dancing! – try it,
why not? Because what a beautiful land
has the red man lost and the white man won.
With all this there was the most un-
compromising impudence planned, unplanned.
[Unmanned? That's another rhyme for it. God,
this is sure gooey, Henry. Think. Try some
history? Evoke – Vico? pp. 264 – Rome?
No time–Cesca going – take the kids
back to the library soon – 1. return books.
2. call Ed. 3. do taxes. 4. write home.
Donnelly did all that – while running farm!
Giants in the earth – Minnesota nooks,
brainy grannies –] To build the city
of Nininger lift the great little light acorn
even if one should be a Sour Kraut and
the other a Paddy
"hot house" techniques for town planning
Dost thou know how to play the fiddle? No,
answered Themistocles, but raising a little
village into a great city lots on paper selling
Bill Mallen on the boat with his marked cards,
and Ingeneous Doemly with his city lots
Engaparai yuwan Wainaiyo he yo
waina, Wainaiyo he yo wain.
Young Falstaff, with a round, chubby face, a round
well developed body, and round chubby hands
but with a mind single, sequestered upon diamonds
snowed in mini-Siberia under crypto-mound
Verbally honed at Central High, City of Brotherly
Son of deceased Doc and serious "Scotch" Irish Mom
out of peddlar crowd of polite letters ambitious came
for I am not one of those who believe politics is a mere
. . .base struggle for place and plunder although Fortunes
dropping out of the skies those who would not gather them
were but stupids and sluggards and I can recollect
in my boyhood Philadelphia was afflicted with
many riots whites and blacks natives and
foreigners churches and fire companies. All this
has passed away. The public schools have cured it all.
With uncapped rim of honeyed oratoracles
I have a dream Why should we weep to sail
in search of fortune? Cheer for the West
Dago donzi aiyo wa ye wa bangovia
Every man goes [West] on his own hook,
if you tired of your trade you could pre-empt 160 acres
– steam on the prairie, steam on the mountain–across
high buildings in a single–hissing, screaming–look!
It's – Ignatius Donnelly! I.D. – the very witty best,
in persona! Cheer one and all, stovepipes sky high now!
Gonna wash that town, Congressman – and how!
We who come, Mr. Speaker, from the far West
have not that deep and ingrained veneration for State power
State lines, State names, State organizations creatures
of accident Our people move into a region of country
and make the State off-shoots of the nation [little lower
than Los Angeles subdivisions] Nana suyage hombi
nana suyage horn sinam bogombi engana todowaina
sinam I have drawn your salary in advance for a year,
and am consequently flushed with funds Ramsey hombre
raised up 1st Minnesota on the run for Lincoln
fustest with the almostest to Gettysburg it all
comes down to last full measure a cupfull
runneth over, before it's over, over their conjunction
With nearly one billion [acres] of unsettled lands
and many millions of poor oppressed people
let them organize the exodus which needs must come
and build, if necessary, a bridge of gold across the chasm
lectured before lyceum groups on non-political subjects
Minnesota's "Indian Mound Builders"
– miserable thing this dignity without money is! –
reading included Anatomy of Melancholy projects
for Ramsey rum deals acquainted with wire pulling
railroad the Chippewa commissions lots for sale
lots and lots for sale everything for sale
now that Lincoln's gone railroading
Ignatius on the outs at home again forlorn in Nininger
reflects on the great waters of knowledge Atlantis
drowning full fathoming his cryptic galleys
Damen nuwitsi zani-suano-ve gemano
Damen nuwitsi zani-suano-ve gemano They only
deserve success who are equal to the exactions of misfortune
round man at homer node seen it all wax and wane
out in field stubble D.C. pump-handle parties lonely
farms and the sound of the railroad train
blows over the sound of wind in the pine trees
a cold and naked wind Grand Forks Mississippi
bottomland toward each rivulet of rain
Ye va varuke ye va varuke-penji
Water water rising water water rising
It is all ancient forms and ceremonies
with a republic underneath Queen always consents
dynasty would not last forty-eight hours dismay
of one usher when I got out of line of procession
During the evening of May 31
Donnelly debated the authorship at Oxford LLrnd.
[save the Bacon for later] There are really but two parties
in this state today–the people and their plunderers.
Shall the people keep the fruits of their own industry
or shall the thieves carry them away?
Farmer's Alliance Union Labor party
Donnelly's 7 rights: 1. to the full fruits of their labor
2. to education 3. to rise & go forward
4. to acquire all forms of property
for property is comfort, peace, plenty & civilization
Dave bauwah doiyave dave bauwah doiyave ena
5. to obtain from this world all blessings benefits and
beauties that are in it 6. to be esteemed a gentleman
even while he labors with his hands.
7. to combine to reach these results.
Donnelly now particularly hostile to the railroads
introduced severe regulation measure granted
special shipping privileges to Minnesota grain producers
Legislature wasted whole session attempting to bury one man
defending the people from robberies of railroad corporation
the Yankee blue blood of the Twin Cities
never tolerate that a damned Norwegian without boodle
the men who encourage you will do nothing for you
only be reformed from the outside yellow
oriental cunning Jew Caesar's Column of blood-
curdled whey for the voting pablum
vox populist ghost dance
Ba buhi buhi–mande ba buhi buhi-mande
deal very very rough and tumble Washington soaked
in graft monopoly games This continent
is the last great camping ground
of the human race completely blood -sucked
base metals into gold Ephraim Benezet
in a bottle yet unable to combine rural and urban
working people reform groups Beaten!
Whipped! Smashed! Our followers scattered
like dew he goes back to his beloved cipher
worth more than all the governorships in the world
greenbacks gold & silver coal combines 100
percent profit rat-headed gang of reformers
peculiarly Donnellian political lumber jugglers
bribes anonymous slander bimetallism
1890 latent [latent?] anti-Semitism
others are moving into the woods, building shanties,
reverting to Indian conditions
Buhi wa n-doiyavi buhi wa n-doiyavi yaiyowainde
There are no more Minnesotas on the planet
rat-tailed slant-eyed Mongolians
[or maybe Siberians?] I am not a candidate
for office and never will be I am growing old
and the grave is not many years ahead
best religion in the world is that
of doing good to our fellow creatures
wooden buffalo nickel lndianhead penny
all the rage gloomglittering eyes
in the wall of Gehenna a vast array
of starving men becomes a terrible thing now
organized by Mr. Coxey and advancing on Washington
capitalistic class of New York and London
45 cents a bushel who's gone into
this conspiracy? No man has a monopoly on wisdom.
Sihivi winogande sihivi winogande
Dugai -e ogande dugai -e ogande
Go on, Mr. Bryan, we are with you! Boom-boom
Bryan Bryan Bryan Atgeld Bryan Bryan Bryan and it's
[Henry, by George, too!] tenting tonight
on the old camp ground can anything but
Divine Providence prevent the swarming idiots
from wrecking themselves [he noted pessimistically
in his memo] Minnesota Pure Election Law
of this 60 cents was for railroad fare
I am 69 today if I had not had a partial stroke of palsey[sic]
On July 4, 1900 [G'ma Gould's b'day] Donnelly
had a novel sensation when I came to speak
my powers went back on me I made a faux pas
of it dead failure but my nerve held
had suffered a mild stroke shortly after midnight
January 1, 1901 fatal heart attack
Bagana-via bagana-via bagana-via
Dugum bagana-via dugumba wanekinora
Ghost dance swarms of hungry men Falstaffs
afloat in a porkbarrel a railroad line to the
golden West and Donnelly brings home the bacon
round, chubby, bullish reefs in
the sales of the sinking Atlantean bark
one will all one of hungry desire under Northern
Star or steadfast other one [Venusian?]
and to the feast they come ghosts wind in the dark