The Scaffold-Girded Hypercube (Evelyn and Her Magic Violin)

"The Spanish Surrealists are constructing a tesseract in my wife's dream": So begins Oscar Pelta's slightly shocking, brightly beautiful surrealist poem, in which life and love are lost and reborn in an explosion of wings.

Image: Detail from “La Modiste (The Milliner),” Gino Severini, oil on canvas, 1910-1911.

The Spanish Surrealists
are constructing a tesseract
in my wife’s dream

On one spatio-temporal aspect
of this scaffold-girded hypercube,
a scene is depicted
in which we are on our way
to Buenos Aires, via Tierra Del Fuego
to visit the young mathmatician
who is married to a bird

My wife tries to clean
a bit of fuzz off of the poor bird-wife’s neck
with Luis Bunuel’s bent spoon
and accidentally decapitates the bird-wife!

The young mathematician, ever resourceful,
places his headless bird-wife’s little body
and its severed head inside his bright shirt,
next to his heart, and in a moment,
pulls her out of his shirt with a flourish
she flies off, flapping into the cloud-dappled blue

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Oscar Pelta

Oscar Pelta

Born in Bergen-Belsen, Germany, in a displaced-persons camp that had been a concentration camp, Oscar Pelta came to the United States on the USS General M.L. Hershey six months later. "My parents bought a little bakery in the black ghetto of North Philly where I encountered a living poetic oral tradition on the streets of Susquehanna Avenue in the form of street poems, jump rope songs, nasty nursery rhymes and the blues. I am a bona fide ragman for my livelihood, which trade I ply in California and environs from the safety of Vancouver Island, B.C., where I live with my wife Connie, an academic and PhD, on an acre of big old trees. My full time avocation is the practicing and playing of fretted string instruments. My daughter Enion Pelta Tiller is a wizard fiddler in many bands as well as in her own band Taarka (, which she leads with her husband, mandolinist David TIller." Pelta's poetry can be found at and elsewhere online.

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