Jane and I have many morning conversations on "What is a poem?" That led us to this poem in Jubilat this month. It presents some interesting information in an accessible form. Also, Jubilat this month has an article on the Asbery Bridge in Minneapolis. You walk across it and, as you walk, look up and read a John Ashbery poem written for the bridge, and spread out across the span. It sounds like a wonderful experience.
Here is a poem from Jubilat this month.
[Selections from the International Mail Manual, "Country Conditions for Mailing," May 2005, U.S. Postal Service]
Extravagant clothes and other articles contrary to Albanians' taste.
Items sent by political emigres.
Cutting and stabbing arms, knuckledusters, stiletto blades, balls of paralyzing fluid.
Antlers, and the horns of the species Cervidae .
Skimmed milk in tins.
Quinine, colored pink.
Metallized yarn made with or made of gold thread.
Honey and preparations of honey including royal jelly, preserves sweetened with honey, and flypaper.
Cigarettes, cigarillos, cigars.
Umbrellas, or any other articles containing swords, daggers, or guns.
Primary educational books not written in Portuguese.
"Musical" cards (cards that play a sound recording when opened).
All goods manufactured outside Her Majesty's dominions and bearing the British Royal Arms or imitations thereof; or bearing as a mark or label a portrait of any member of the Royal Family of England.
An issue of a publication that contains an advertisement primarily directed to a Canadian market is a prohibited import if that advertisement does not appear in identical form in all editions of the issue distributed in the country of origin.
Dual-graduation feeding bottles.
Almanacs (except for single copies) that do not bear the university almanac stamp.
Fine-cut tobacco in small packages to which cigarette papers are attached.
Books addressed to bookshops in care of banking institutions.
All maps showing the territory of Ecuador with incorrect boundaries.
So-called "Panama" hats.
Bits and mouthpieces made of copper.
Articles bearing political or religious notations on the address side.
Playing cards, except in complete decks properly wrapped.
Pulverized coca beans.
Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Horror comics and matrices.
Gardenia plants and seeds.
Toys made of lead.
Arms and military equipment, except for the Indian government.
Peat moss litter except under license.
Ribbons for typewriters.
Games of chance.
Soil and sand.
Advertisements concerning treatment of venereal diseases or medicinal preparations intended to serve as preventatives against those diseases.
Eau de cologne.
Printed matter relating to football pools.
Mini-spies (miniature wireless transmitters).
Postcards embellished with fabrics, embroidery, spangles, except in sealed envelopes.
Correspondence concerning fortune telling.
Weapons of war.
Statues used for worship.
Arms, ammunition except when sent on behalf of the government.
Socks except those made of jersey.
Waxes and creams for shoes.
Albums of any kind (of photographs, postcards, postage stamps, etc.).
Shaving brushes made in Japan.
Slovak Republic (Slovakia)
Chain letter items.
Sheets of music, etc., contrary to the State public order.
Invisible ink, codes, ciphers, symbols or other types of secret correspondence, and shorthand notes.
Used mosquito nets.
- Deborah Golub