Sunday, February 28, 2021

Rhizome Poem Moan

by G. Jack Urso


write now

no rhyme

no wit

no know how

no shit

it can’t begin

it can’t end

it can only be

quite a pity

when you consider

there is a beginning

and end

to me



Note: This poem, dating from February 2000 with minor edits in 2021, and originally composed for a graduate-level poetry course, is a mild critique of applying the rhizomatic approach of learning and philosophy to poetry. The gif was archived from Ken Nordine’s website while under construction in 2001. The organic images of the gif are evocative of the theoretical organic structure of the rhizome model.



  1. Definitely has a beat feeling. I would be snapping my fingers now if I were in a coffeehouse! Well done.

    1. Thanks! The style was very much influenced by the recently deceased Lawrence Ferlinghetti - in spirit at least!