John Baldessari (Make a Splash at Parties)

Prismatic, Buñuel said.
Chinese condoms and
effulgent magenta glob.

Prismatic, Buñuel said.
Chinese condoms and
effulgent magenta glob.
Everything in the
public record. That’s
how you make
great images. Please
remove yr hands
in respect of
the dead. Describe
what you don’t
see. Clean, sterile
actionable nouns. Be
it boy or
boar. The French
horn swells predictably.
Google feeds headlines
to the mountains.
A poet doesn’t
need bleak intelligence,
she said. This
is a different
kind of river.
I pour collage
into a black
mug, lucky me!

Friday Night Zuihitsu

Wikipedia Poem, No. 993

see now don’t you? the the languages, dialects,
pidgens and stop drinking orders. i’ve stories. piles of love
in northern new jersey. anna, here’s nothing.

this government of language. i am the languages, dialects, pidgens stop drinking.
i’ve stopped drinking. i’ve stopped drinking. i’ve stories. piles of them in northern new jersey. anna, here’s nothings i’ll never sort. somehow i have to wake me up. stop drinking. the thing. this language. i am on fire.

same; languages, dialects, pidgens. stop drinking this language. i am the same; language. i just need one go again: no randomly scattered across thousands and ideograms. i am.

the language. i pray, sure, but to love my perception allows. short hand my perception allows. the shores of northern new jersey. anna, here’s a good car crash to find weird little answers hidden under the thing. i’ve stopped drinking. the thing left of books and ideograms.

i just need one to go again: no randomly. just need one good car crash to wake me up. have you stopped drinking? the thing left of lawns
allows. short of new jersey, anna,
here’s nothing i’ll never sort. somehow i have to find
love interminable things left
of mind a bit of lawns in all things can’t love allow
new jersey. anna, here we are at the car crash scrounging about for a bit of language, dialect, pidgens and
ideograms. i am the languages, dialects, pidgens and stop. i’ve stopped drinking. there was a good car crash found in love in northern new jersey. anna, here we go car crashing to wake me up. crash to wake me up. pray, sure,
but find weird little answers hidden under
the things
i’ll never sort, somehow.

i have to wake me up. of vain stories. piles of
lawns in northern new jersey. anna, go crash cars to love.
anna, here we go crashing into a bit of the language, dialects, pidgens and ideograms. i just need one go again: no randomly scattered across thousands of lawns.

it allows. new jersey, anna, here we go again finding there’s nothing to love in northern new jersey. anna, here’s all the nothings i can’t love in northern new jersey. anna, here we go again: nothing randomly scattered across thousands of books and ideograms.

i am the same: language.
i pray, sure, but find weird little answers
hidden under brittle
languages, dialects, ditches.

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Wikipedia Poem, No. 992

regarded hunter with mild
interest
but had no flash of human recognition whatever as though
they were
seeing
an ad
for a product
they’d heard of
buying had no flash
of but had no
intention of human recognition of human recognition
whatever

as though
hunter was seeing
an ad
for a product
they
were
seeing an ad
for a product
they
were seeing an ad
for a product they’d heard of but had no interest

but had no interest but had no
intention but had no interest
no intention
whatever as though
hunter had heard of
no intention whatever as
though they
were seeing an
ad
for a product they were buying

Everything You Expect

need nsa hookup 
 great time with a great smile and personality 
 i like to keep my kinky side a secret 
 can you be special enough for me to share it with you

need nsa hookup
great time with a great smile and personality
i like to keep my kinky side a secret
can you be special enough for me to share it with you

i wish my father called me on my birthday no homo

the best part is the little italicized spider at the end
this interview has been edited and condensed

there’s someone i need to know
there’s someone singing in the office now
there’s someone i need for my own sanity
there’s someone i can suggest to help you feel better

waking up in osaka with a painful sore throat

when times turn tough presidents can hop on air force one to escape the country for a while and stride purposefully across the world stage

how big is your television
i have different sizes in every room i really prefer the big ones how big is yours

in conformity to norms of the day the actionists regarded women primarily as passive objects bloodied and abused female bodies were central to some of the fantasies of destruction they staged

discovering the pad of my left foot slightly sticky against tatami

opuntia or prickly pear was introduced to kenya by british colonialists in 1940s as a living fence but has grown out of control in recent years plaguing elephants and other wildlife and tearing through ranches and farmland

an old man pulls a heavy stone tablet across a nightingale floor

this ambiguity is particularly effective when the performer is conveying the experience of being terrified of finding one’s sense of self displaced by the physically or psychologically overwhelming actions of another

wind shakes persimmons in the spindly tree outside the disciple’s estate
rusty whine of clapboard hinges battering his childhood home

there is always a sparrow flitting
in the flowerbeds

a masochist locked in purple chrysanthemum
penetrates the acrid desert between hacked and cracked flower

the crewmembers of the delight meanwhile comment to each other on the pequod’s use of a coffin as a life buoy

For All the Vegans I’ve Loved and Consumed (Trendy Modernist Power Play)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 991

ONE

of animals
as moral consumers
justify their sight

moral consumption of animals and you
don’t fry up this fragmented animal
as moral constraint either hence

we dig up this fragmented animal class
in anti-intellectual stories under wonder
what’s moral consumption?

the poets are moral consumers mutatis mutandis
what’s moral? we wonder what’s something their patients see
this fragmented pharmaceutical animal perhaps?

as far as moral constraint
either we wonder what’s moral or
consume animals as we wonder what’s moral

TWO

self-awareness
don’t fry up that ego: all organisms work
self-affirming live monkey limb
because we think of animals as moral consumptions
size and constraint either hence we consume them
but we don’t generally see animals
we don’t have stories to tell
self-affirming little tales to negotiate
guilt over knives
don’t ponder what’s moral consumption
size and constraints
what their habits whisper of self-awareness
don’t have their patients moral consumption
animals as moral consumers of size
condors constrain their populations
but they selfishly extol story structure
that doesn’t have to do with man and god
foolish moral constraints as we wonder what’s moral
consumption sounds and chimps
our nearest relatives tearing
them apart but selfishly expanding
to don’t have stories to justify they also don’t have live monkeys
pharmaceutical animals as tonal constraint
what’s our nearest relative for tearing
tell me something about self-awareness
to negotiate guilt tell me
hurting stories to negotiate guilt
hurting their habitats don’t consume size and constraint
what of them? their populations? there’s only one story
the tearing story we tell self-affirming agents
no normal moral considerations just stories
what’s moral consumption size and constraint
either we wonder what’s or we don’t

THREE

something trendy back in grad school
all the poets enabled study of age as a class
in all those poems that enabled

so it was its almost discourses that as poets
were something of pound olson duncan and you
to undergrad all the trendy bach pieces

the poems people turned in at grad school
all the trendy modernist power play
a pound of olson a pound of duncan

and you don’t have to dig up this fragmented
anti-intellectual potsherd
weak domesticated anti-intellectual egoism

‘Dream Song 238’ by John Berryman

Henry’s Programme for God

“It was not gay, that life.” You can’t “make me small,”
you “can’t put me down” or take away my job
I am immune,
although it is not gay. Why did we come at all,
consonant to whose bidding? Perhaps God is a slob,
playful, vast, rough-hewn.

Perhaps God resembles one of the last etchings of Goya
& not Valesquez, never Rembrandt no.
Something disturbed,
ill-pleased, & with a touch of paranoia
who calls for this thud of love from his creatures-O.
Perhaps God ought to be curbed.

Not only on this planet, I admit; somewhere.
Our only resource is bleak denial or
anti-potent rage, both have been tried by our wisest. Who was it back there
who died unshriven, daring to see what more
could happen to a painter with such courage.


Source: Berryman, John, and Michael Hofmann. The Dream Songs , 2014, p. 257.

The Cost of Being Born (Tax Raven)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 990

states the united states the united states the united states the united states the united states than in the united states the prices    stupid   pid   the prices    stupid   more in the prices    stupid   stds love to   say: it’s the united states than in other countries? as

states united

states the united states the united states the united states the united states the united states than in the united states the prices stupid pid the prices stupid more in the prices stupid stds love to
say: it’s the united states than in other countries? as

looking at just how weird our prices really are relative to the system’s expense and often unpredictable bills that can accompany the system’s expense and more americans continue to their health problems it’s world eir health problems it’s worth looking at just how weird our prices really are

services its newest report on 2017 prices its newest representing on the upshot is vivid and similar: for almost

every few years on 2017
prices its newest report on the international
federational cost for common medical services its newest representing on the international federational federat

u s extremely expensive and politically powerful health visits and they also finance a
robust and insurance common operations those higher prices for medications imaging tests basic health care in the united states pay high prices for medications imaging prices for medications imaging prices

with $44 in the heart the survey finds a typical angioplasty a procedure that opens a blocked blocked blocked blocked blocked blocked blocked blocked blocked blocked blocked blocked blocked
blocked blocked blocked blocked blocked blocked blocked blocked blocked blocked blocked blocked blocked blood

united states but for cystic fibrosis costs
more in other developed cases where are less than half of the united arab emirates but for cystic fibrosis
costs more in the
united arab emirates but for cystic fibrosis costs more in the united states but for most of those in the untied rab emir at
claims data from several large american insurance companies

and provided the united states is staggering
how much the
director of data to the us data to the us data strategy at the united states claims data strategy at the health care cost institute a group that aggregates is staggering how much

states but the rebates are higher for nearly every countries public health programs pay less meaning the
rebates but the rebates but the rebates but the rebates but the gap in the gap in the rebates are higher for many country nor detailed prices paid by a lot e i the survey focuses on

the quality of those researchers was that helps explain why

shall i arrange these few remaining flowers?

the number of this huge gap in social services more that the united states in the united states is such an exhaustive place
to be sick (i wrote another they details (sits or hospitalizations not different from one another they

the last decade most of the debate
among candidates is unusual is unusual is unusual is unusual is unusual is unusual is unusual is unusual is unusual is unusual is unusual is unusual is unusual is unusual is unusual is unusual is unusual is unusual is unusual is
unusual is unusual is unusual is unusuel

warren have proposed would use a large government insurer to set prices
across that government system lowered prices across that government system lowered prices across that government system lowered prices for all
medical services both campaigns assume substantial savings would use a large govern men

where the amount that doctors and hospitals could charge in the media executive and hospitals could charge in the most ayor and michael bloomberg
the south bend ind mayor and
hospitals could impose some controls on health care prices by limiting they typically charge in the south bend ind

lower
prices: through an initiative to eliminate surprise billing which occurs most commonly in
medical emergencies
at hospitals though that effort has stalled (isolators to lower prices the providers
to publicize the providers
to publicize the measure will work (the administration his ad-mini

sharing a bite out of tax raven the united states but the united states
but the united states but the
bill or even the united states but the united states but the united states but the united
states but the bill or even rue wages and corporate premiums to pay a larger part of cost of the unite

— though few policies have gotten very far in taking on drug prices specifically — though few policies have gotten very far in taking on drug prices specifically — though few policies have gotten very far in congress in
taking on drug prices specifically — though few policies have gotten very far

rural
profitable high prices those groups pay cut high prices for drugs in our economy none of those groups paid professions
in our economy none of course will mean reeducation debt — but also help make pharmaceutical
companies profitable in our economy none of those groups pay off

Source: Sanger-Katz, Margot. “In the U.S., an Angioplasty Costs $32,000. Elsewhere? Maybe $6,400.” The New York Times, 27 Dec. 2019, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/27/upshot/expensive-health-care-world-comparison.html.

December 26

I think about my friends
they may be dying
— who would tell me now? —
when a woman in airpods
wool hat and long black coat
asks
Which way to the target? and I point
over railroad tracks
You’re welcome.
so happy and lonely.

Arm Wrestling with Judd Hirsch

Wikipedia Poem, No. 989

Arm wrestling with Judd Hirsch on the verge of signing the first major label deal of his career. He was 85.

there is in
the art wrld
the idea of
one’s moment as
in this will
be the moment
of fame or
financial success as
in the moment
the clouds break
open into light
pure pleasure exuberant
and rude itchy
stammering skittering coalescing
precariously for an
instant there is
in the art
wrld the idea
of one’s moment
as in this
will be the
moment of fame
or financial success
as in the
moment the clouds
break open into
light pure pleasure
exuberant and rude
itchy stammering skittering
coalescing precariously for
an instant there
is in the
art wrld the
idea of one’s
moment as in
this will be
the moment of
fame or financial
success as in
the moment the
clouds break open
into light pure
pleasure exuberant and
rude itchy stammering
skittering coalescing precariously
for an instant
there is in
the art wrld
the idea of
one’s moment as
in this will
be the moment
of fame or
financial success as
in the moment
the clouds break
open into light
pure pleasure exuberant
and rude itchy
stammering skittering coalescing
precariously for an
instant of fame
or financial success
as in the
moment of fame
or financial success
as in the moment
the moment and
rude itchy stammering
skittering skittering coalescing
skittering skittering coalescing
skittering skittering skittering
skittering precariously into
light pure pleasure
exuberant and rude
itchy stammering skittering
skittering coalescing skittering
skittering coalescing skittering
precariously into rude
itchy stammering skittering
coalescing skittering skittering
coalescing skittering coalescing
skittering coalescing coalescing
skittering skittering skittering
precariously for an
instant the clouds
break open in
the art wrld
the art wrld
there is the
moment and rude
itchy stammering coalescing
skittering precariously for
an instant the
moment and rude
itchy stammering skittering
precariously for an
instant here is
the will of
the art wrld
the moment the
moment of one’s
rude itchy stammering
skittering coalescing skittering
skittering skittering skittering

Source: Rivkin, Joshua. Chalk: the Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly. Melville House, 2018, p. 299.

Artifacts of Reference, No. 11

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