Could they even freeze stuff back then?

7 Feb

RetroVixen had to analyze and interpret Wallace Stevens’s cracktastic poem “The Emperor of Ice Cream”. She asked Nibby, swampmusic and Ayn Rant for their take on it but only swampmusic’s interpretation seemed to resonate.

The Emperor of Ice Cream

by Wallace Stevens

(swampmusic’s interpretation in red)

Call the roller of big cigars, Let’s call the cigar store.
The muscular one, and bid him whip I like the big manly one, he whips me and I dig it.
In kitchen cups concupiscent curds. My kitchen cups are filled with sour, curdy milk.
Let the wenches dawdle in such dress Let them hookers wear their low-cut shit.
As they are used to wear, and let the boys The boys around here wear it too…damn drag queens.
Bring flowers in last month’s newspapers. I can only afford to bring you black and white newsprint versions of flowers, but it’s the thought that counts, right?
Let be be finale of seem. I…have nothing to say about this one.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream. Caesar enjoys ice cream…but wait, could they even freeze stuff back then?!

Take from the dresser of deal, Damn thief is dealing stuff from my dresser…
Lacking the three glass knobs, that sheet Who wants knobs in their sheets, anyway?
On which she embroidered fantails once She sews tails onto fans…as if they need them…
And spread it so as to cover her face. Why so much work? Just put a bag over her head.
If her horny feet protrude, they come Apparently foot fetishes have been around a long time…
To show how cold she is, and dumb. She’s cold and dumb. That’s pretty self explanatory.
Let the lamp affix its beam. They must’ve had battery-powered flashlights back then as well…
The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream. I’m guessing that the Caesar earlier mentioned somehow pertains to all of this, so is he the one with the foot fetish and glass knobs in his bed…which went missing? And then there’s the ice cream issue…


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