SONGS
TO NUMBER SIX

LYRICS LONG AND SONNETS SHORT

BY

Jean-Charles Jeffrey Wohkittel

JEAN-CHARLES JEFFREY
WOHKITTEL

(WELLESLEYAN UNIVERSITY, USA)

 

The irony, how great, I set out to write.

Addressing the New Year theme avec Les Six,

Of Auric, Durey, Milhaud, Poulenc, Honegger,

And Taillefere, this little overture, to the light,

But the blizzard, the seventh, the first, blanketed me.

The Composer’s interdiction, mute, wintering, sonneteer.

   

 

FOREWORD

If I had to endow this elegant book of poems, Songs to Number Six, by Jean-Charles Jeffrey Wohkittel with a sort of ritualistic condition in terms of adjectivation or categorization to suit the taste of brainy and scowling literary reviewers, I would openly claim that this book of poems, roughly speaking, is essentially cabalistic or pseudo-cabalistic, but not because it is in some way mystical, esoteric or secretive, but because it is numerical. At least it deals with a cipher of deep significance: number six (6). Kabbalah comprises a set of esoteric teachings meant to explain through symbols and numbers in most cases the relationship between God and the mortal and finite universe, which, ultimately, is God's creation. Here the poems aim to show in a tone of denouncement through number six, we might say, the relationship of the world the poet observes externally with the way he interprets it within the frame of an inner stance. Thus, number six turns out to be one of the keynote variables to which the poet resorts so as to denounce and expose overtly his micro universe of concerns, a micro universe that is not exempt from political controversy and social and historical intricacy. Number six (6) prevails all across the poet's poems in an engulfing way as a kind of orgasmic explosion which manages to permeate the reader's soul without any truce. In addition, number six can be considered a number of evil and wickedness if it is associated with number 666, which is the number of the beast, the number of the devil, and hence, the number of war, conflict, devastation and destruction. However, the Pythagoreans acknowledged number 6 to be the first perfect number. Be that as it may, number 6 is also a number of poetical perfection, and Songs to Number Six arises as a book of poems imbued with an undoubtable stylistic sense of unit and coherence that is bound to persist and survive in infinite time and space as well as a six-dimensional universe of completion and perfection.

                                                                             JOSÉ ANTONIO ALONSO NAVARRO
Doctor in English Philology,
La Coruña University (Spain)
 

 

   

           

 The Hawk, The Gulls

 

Solstice: first light breaks on he surface

Revealing infinitely clear definitions

Emerging within the lightening shadows,

Lines of man’s uncounted architectures, with

Unobstructed sharpness, December twenty-

Second: by man’s mechanics of manufacturing

The Calendar at seven-thirty-seven in the

Anti-Meridian, man’s view: not the system

Of solar government, not the mechanic of the

Movement through Heaven’s Firmament: man

Cannot see ....

 

                         Toward mid-day, I, observant,

Stand watching through a window the light

Fill the forest adjacent, to the verticality:

The ground no longer hidden, to the canopy,

When a large, coasting hawk catches my eye:

 

                        Beneath he hawk glide and weave

A number of gulls, herring gulls, about

The dwellings and through the neighboring trees,

The cry of the gull is what attracted

My attention to the window in the dawn:

 

                      The context of the turn to the next

Solstice, a future solstice, in limit of time

Point to point.

 

                      The hawk does not appear

To be interested in the gulls, different observers

Of the same light.

 

 

 

 

                       Champ du Six

 

Nixon, the loyalist, characterized himself in interview

Famously, as, a “Disraeli Conservative,” at the height of war

On the southeast (S. E., D. C.) Asian field; Montini, the Vicar

Of Christ du Champ de Six, State, buff n’ blue

Buffer, between world wars, two and three, screw

Of the ship of state, captained, California, at the core

By Earl Warren, Nixon, ruled as Andrea Dor, …

India, Indo-chine, and Warren Hastings, his purvue.

 

An era of six years war and war of six days.

The legacy ours today symbolized, numerically,

In the Apostle Pope, St. Paul, the sixth, plays

Of the eye of Saul, and “Dead Eye Dick” felonies,

Upon our eyes of India, Israel, Italy’s,

Iran/Iraq, and Indo-chine, the desert stays!

                  

                         SIX Of 1916

                    April 5e 2003 A.D.

 

The murder of Charles de Foucauld by Senoussis troops

At Tamanarasset, by Germany on manœuvres, traditional,

The Desert Enemie, expeditionaire, Maurauding Groups,

Denied to this day to be of World War I, pan national,

Of Egypt on the Red Sea, and Post Commune COLONIES,

To the west, on the Atlantic, mid-continent, the Red Sees

Of the blood of Charles’ BRAINE.

                                               West of Chad,

A Cross on the Plain of the Earth’s curvature, Continence,

Under the peninsula of the Sinai-mountainous “Cape”

Boundary, near, east of Caire’s fatale distance,

Ofira, Southwest of Aqaba.

                                      Camped at the tip

An American guard of Six, our “Fort Massic” mip,

Though no desert, at Cairo, Illinois.

                                               Wilderness of Sin.

Our literal demimonde, Espiritu Santu, pin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Jean-Charles Jeffrey Wohkittel es un poeta americano de poesía vigorosa y no siempre fácil, de gran riqueza y selección de lenguaje. En su condición de norteamericano emana un patriotismo crítico ante el mundo internacional y ante el desempeño histórico que ha venido cumpliendo su nación. No lo puede eludir.  Es la condición de un poeta hijo de una sociedad que se basta a sí misma, pero que inevitablemente debe enfrentar otras culturas que difícilmente llega a comprender (la carencia de sentido de alteridad, diríase). De ahí derivan sus errores tropiezos graves y callejones sin salida que suelen caracterizar su política internacional (Vietnam, Irak, etc…)’. 

 

Dr. Juan Enrique Fischer                                                                                                                                              
Former Uruguayan Ambassador                                                                                                                                
to the United Kingdom,
Professor of Latin American Literature
 and Civilization (Universidad del Norte, Asunción, Paraguay) 

Once Empires

JEAN-CHARLES JEFFREY WOHKITTEL

 studied poetry and literary stylistics at Wesleyan University, before becoming Program Director for National Security Affairs at Washington, DC. 

He is the acclaimed author of:

Requium. Poems of the Vietnam War and the Cold War.

Solitaire. Poems.

Once Empires.

The Eagle and the Parrot. Poems.

Perigee. Poems.

JEAN-CHARLES JEFFREY WOHKITTEL
 

IS DIRECTOR OF THE POETRY SERIES
AT
UNIVERSITY PRESS OF THE SOUTH

 

  

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