Embouchure for James Comey

Wikipedia Poem, No. 829

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They murder
	to Explain
		Themselves!
— Amiri Baraka
our  good sense to  have the  leadership class 
in  profoundly uncomfortable  ways the fbi  
despite being   the same embarrassions 

the fbi despite   being profoundly uncomfortable   ways 
the  fbi despite being the same embarrassing profoundly uncomfortable way 
the fbi   despite being problems of your   revenges  

our good sense to have the leadership class 
and   rely on that leadership class 
in problems of your good sense to   enact  our revolution 

your enemy  of meaning profoundly uncomfortable 
in ways the fbi despite  being  so  long 
as we   outsource  outsource outsource   

our revolution   you want revenges our revolution 
you  want a revenge our victories   our revenges our   good sense 
to   have   the same embarrassing thot leadership   class 
        in problems of   meaning 

the   leadership class  in profoundly uncomfortable ways 
the   fbi  despite being so long 
as  we outsource outsource outsource our enemy of meaning 
        profoundly uncomfortable ways 

the   fbi despite being  profoundly uncomfortable 
weighs the fbi despite being profoundly   uncomfortable   
ways the   fbi despite being profoundly uncomfortable 
        the dealership class   
        in profoundly uncomfortable  ways is the fbi  

despite being   problems of meaning 
problems of meaning profoundly uncomfortable  ways 
the   fbi despite   being  the leadership class 

to have the   same embarrassing profoundly uncomfortable ways 
the fbi despite   being profoundly uncomfortable  weighs the fbi   
despite being the same   embarrassing problems of meaning   

the same embarrassing    fbi despite   being the leadership   class 
in profoundly  uncomfortable  ways the fbi despite  
profound problems of  meaning  

the same embarrassing profoundly  uncomfortable fbi   
despite being  problems of   your victories 
our good sense to  have the same embarrassing  fbi  

despite being the same embarrassing 
so   long as we outsource outsource   outsource 
outsource   outsource outsource   
        outsource   outsource outsource 
        boom bip we gone

Study of a Tenure Track Professor

Wikipedia Poem, No. 828

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     mount etna 

he is nowhere sunflower 
          dragon's breath of fact

he is nowhere near divinity 
his pupils wise as 
dinner plates 

the first contract 
he is nowhere sunflower 
his students  who stitch up 
the girl
squatting teeth marks
  
it's all too heavy
for flight
you can 
smell it on his students'  
chainmail  

   his students'   girl 

squatting in the first ready to worship
god.r with the alley every colloquial girl
      squatting to 
worship
god.js  

in fact  wreck thee
he's all too heavy for flight
you can smell it on his pupils 
his worship god
supposed to notice  

his bitter   dragon's breath
hiss alley 
every  contract he nods
at every colloquial god recalls his worship
god
weather
inside (again)

to be roasting of a colloquial god a way of a colloquial god the first readers 
to 
be roasted 
      in mount etna 
hunger wasn't supposed to worship god 
      to notice he lies 
nowhere near divinity 

even  
his students   wise as  a way of leaving the colloquial 
girl squatting  
to worship
god.d 
a way of weather 
in the first readers his students  
wealth  

his students   wise as chainmail  

     hunger wasn't 
supposed to the first reads of fact

he is nowhere near divinity 
         
his paper alley
     
even his  students   wisest students who have 
paid dearly
to notice he lies
nowhere
near divinity and worship god to notice  
his worship
god.nts 
wise as criminals 
wise as criminals 
his wise 
as chainmail  

roasting teeth marks

it's alley 
even  

his students  
wealth  

inside wings are but life has 
 a way of a colloquial girl squatting 
in mount etna hunger wasn't supposed to worship
god.s  
roast in mount etna 

his students 
wise as divinity worship god
this students' way  of fact

he is 
nowhere sunflower 
his  students 
wise as  a way of wealth
he's alley
         
even his  students   wise 
as chainmail  

inside winter 
his words  chainmail  

his worship
god.or flight you can smells its divinity and worship god the first reads of fact

he is nowhere near divinity 

         hunger wasn't supposed to notice  
he nods
at every 
colloquial god

colloquial girl 

squatting of a colloquial god
      supposed to notice  he is nowhere near divinity 

his words contract  
      wealth  

  roasting 

tendencies in mount etna

hunger wasn't supposed to be roasted 
to be roasted 
in mount etna
     
hunger wasn't supposed to notice 
he is  
 
wise as chainmail  

      inside wings 

their volcano's throat
in mount etna

Poem Without Metaphor (Highwire Act)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 827

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free expert install   be in control 
aerodynamic design   bold and fast drawbacks   
dayglo free expert install be in control slim  
search parts and   slim headed engine ice 

roadside tool kit large and slim search angel 
headed street engineers black coda kids
synthetic experts in control of aerodynamic design 
bold slim parts   fast commuter skidding along angel street

engine ice road adventure colored   red black coda free   white 
experts in control   strangle aerodynamic design   bold and slim
fast avenue gear street skid large and slim   parts up and down angel street 
layer on the ride   flexible breathable with excellent benefits

take a breather with excellent benefits   a breathable angel
grab yr summer must have gear and fast   be in control angel 
layer on the ride   flexible breathable with excellent benefits 
take a breather   without all the heat layer on angel headed engineers

Empedocles and Exaenetus (Wikipoem for My Father)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 824

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yr head if  only he cared     
down their hooves spectacular  
the riders' blood spilled    as much for me  
but i   was a  wrestler  and  was a   wrestler 
and was  a farce another   wrapped around  their hooves 
spectacular the riderstand was a   wrestler 
and  was a farce vested spectacular  
the great heft  of   the   riderstand 
was a    wrestler  and  a farce      
as much for me as for

touching their hooves   spectacular 
their thighs before  touching their  
spectacular root of    riderstand 
was a   wrestler and     each other    a   wrestler 
and given  no horse i was a  wrestler and    
each other  wrapped  around     each other  
given no horse  
the root of   their hooves   spectacular  
their hooves spectacular  the   great heft of  their hooves 
spectacular their   hooves   spectacular 
the riders'   blood  spilled     as   much for me 
but i  was a   wrestler

Nothing to Do with Roses

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Reverential in a way you could never be;
And I’ve yet to read you.

I’m ironbark dreaming, meanwhile, except
I’m not; I’m ironstone.

You, on the other hand, I’ve seen it clear
as a ghost: The world will not let you write what
you mean or come across weak.

Watered down like a pure-bred.
Afraid to pay for what you deserve.

“Alright, honey, have a prosperous trip.”
“OK, alright. Don’t worry. The plan is airtight.”

Amplify: Something in the Way: A discussion of Amiri Baraka’s ‘Something in the Way of Things (In Town)’

*UPDATE: Now with video!*

 

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Knows me? You knows Amiri Baraka is the grounding voice. Fascination. inspiration. Baraka’s work shows the way forward—we so often lose the way. Freedom.

“The real problem is you don’t know the real problem.” Remind us: Keep peeled.

A great podcast was released sometime: William J. Harris, Tyrone Williams, and Aldon Nielsen join Al Filreis (always generous) to discuss Baraka’s “Something in the Way of Things.”

I’m delighted Filreis chose to play the version of the poem from the Roots’ 2002 album “Phrenology”. The album—I bought it from the Staten Island Mall on day one—was essential in showing this young introverted weirdo that his suspicions about people being easily defined was specious—contrary to everything my small island peers had suggested. Punk. Rap. Poetry. R&B. Soul. Sound collage. Techno. Profoundly compelling instrumentation. Music as preparation. As runway.

Hard to conceive I first heard Amiri Baraka’s words 16 years ago.

Anyway, the podcast discussion is accessible and criminally brief.

After I listened to it, I was sent back to my bookshelves to hunt down a collection of Baraka’s work from 2014—the year he died—SOS.  The hardcover version of the work collects some of the poet’s final poems. That’s how I’ll be spending my night.

I had to share it with all of you in hopes you might share it as well. Be well.

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For further study:

Three Portraits

Wikipedia Poem, No. 823

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Chicago, 1910

and have general charge of the trees in the treetsnd have general charge of the trees and have general charge of the trees and have general charge of the forester were to advise and assist persons wishing to advise and assist persons wishing to advise and have general charge of the trees and have general charge of the trees and assist persons wishing to advise and have general charge of the trees and have general charge of the trees in the trees and assist persons wishing to advise and have general charge of the streets the trees and assist persons wishing to plant trees

Venice, 1507

in venice for one ducat in venice for one ducat in venice for one ducat in the year 1507 venice for one ducat in venice for one ducat in venice for one ducat in venice for one ducat in the year 1507 ducat in the year 1507 one ducat in venice for one ducat in venice for one ducat in the year 1507 ok i bought in venice for one ducat in the year 1507 1507 the year 1507 ducat in the year 1507 the year 1507 i bought in venice for one ducat in the year 1507ght in the year 1507r one ducat in venice for one ducat in venice for one ducat in venice for one ducat

Cairo, 1817

to grow upon her the sudden elevation of an any he allows wings to grow upon her the destructions to grow upon her the destruction of persons to station of an any he allows wings to station of an any he allows wings to grow upon her their means or capacities may often cause their means or capacities may often cause their means or capacities may often cause the sudden elevation of persons to grow upon her their ruin if god proposes their means or capacities may often cause their means or capacities may often cause their ruin if god allows wings to grow upon her their means or capacities

Authentic, Rare and Valuable (Landscape in the Diminished Field)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 822

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sea glass purity of the heineken
seed glass of man made pond
self destructing purity

north toward precocial ducklings
floats east then north toward the east
on heineken sea

free of heineken sea glass
purity of ducklings floating east
then north toward an apple tree

‘Transformed Creature’ by Liu Xia

Translated from the Chinese by Ming Di and Jennifer Stern

You have a strange pet—
one eye is a cat’s, the other a sheep’s.
Yet, it won’t socialize with felines,
will attack any flock of sheep.
On moonlit nights,
it wanders on roofs.

When you’re alone,
it will lie in your lap,
preoccupied,
slowly studying you until—
on its face—a challenge.

6/1988

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Source: Liu, Xia, Di Ming, Jennifer Kronovet, Herta Müller, and Yiwu Liao. Empty Chairs: Selected Poems. 2015.

Begin reading about Liu Xia here and then Google her name and pay attention to learn more. 

I encourage readers to purchase the book here, and listen to a conversation between poet Rachel Zucker and translator Jennifer Kronovet on a recent episode of the Commonplace Podcast. You can financially support (as I do) Commonplace Podcast—a brilliant, important project exploring the work of influential working artists—on Patreon.