No Means of Production (Social Distancing)

"Many people are perplexed each spring by the sight of a cardinal attacking its reflection in a window, car mirror, or shiny bumper. Both males and females do this, and most often in spring and early summer when they are obsessed with defending their territory against any intruders. Birds may spend hours fighting these intruders without giving up. A few weeks later, as levels of aggressive hormones subside, these attacks should end." allaboutbirds.org

correlation
of dizzy
dive light and
images fade
at the end
of divine
capital —
like a life
preserver
enamoured
concrete
vile fawn
at the
bottom
of file
architecture like
rainbows
demand it’s okay
not to pose
here among
posy
cardinals
never stop
look in the mirror
it’s time
to talk
politics

Jersey Pine

i've lived long enough to see phaeolus schweinitzii
 chewing the lap of this jersey pine on a walk 
 with my family during our first pandemic

i’ve lived long enough to see phaeolus schweinitzii
chewing the lap of this jersey pine on a walk
with my family during our first pandemic

to call us moist and poorly protected
would be rude but true nevermind
what i haven’t got is dirty hands and god

damnit if i know how to be selfless
among all these bottle caps and tarot cards
the bravado emptiness embitters inflames thickens

the grey launch of memory plunges seven
thousand feet into the lap of an idol
hard at work in the dry grass

the irony of course remains
we are alone leaning back in chinese
textiled seats without understanding

without compassion without hideous
perspective until we are alone photograph
-ing ourselves some distance from another drink.

Double Freilicher

The ribbon around a bomb.

How blessed that red
ribbon — crosstown view —
1978 I can only describe
what I read times what I believe
and I know nothing
here’s among the five false sun-
flowers where the water comes
on high and tehuantepec yesss
crosstown traffic among crows
these are windows / not rules
but also rulers / also cans and bottles
emphasizing broad pale embarkment
buttressing five yellow zinnias / goddammit
why countless empty bowls? why
the abandonment of systems dead
biology dead language dead view
five pot marigolds i forgive you
all.

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Wikipedia Poem, No. 1,000

photo c 2020 joseph gerace/wikipoem.org

to write this
allow myself to
enuf drunk
i had
generations
to sip
of annihilation, so,
to get the same was
a technologist’s,
and exploitative
but some crater,
belong like the images
gave taken a decade
age, whose errance,
belong like these
the same ways
well as ‘righting
we reckon
bearing witness,

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“The Great Enigma” by Stamatis Polenakis (trans. Richard Pierce)

photo c 2020 joseph gerace/wikipoem.org

Goodbye forever to this brief
age of freedom.
Farewell unforgettable days and glorious nights
and leaves swept away by the wind.
We were young, we hoped for nothing
and we waited for tomorrow with the blind obstinacy
of the castaway who throws stones in the water.

Source: Polenakis, Stamatis. “The Great Enigma.” Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry, edited by Karen Van Dyck, 2017, p. 233.

Belt of Violent Hearth

Wikipedia Poem, No. 999

in the belt of
violent
hearth studies two
least eat a
good
god slowly
foods (see a
coated in twenties more the streets an effort to accept
it cool care
meals
more
tips
to
cause
overly autobiographical
naked sweet
cool confirmed cases you
want
as much as much
less the earth eat
a guiding
worldwide this weight intake the azure hearth studies show loss
they can put the weight and
much as washingness the out
the starving burning upon they're
like
glucomannan
can't
be show
that
drinking buddies burning
lose
researchers
archers drink an expanding burning brass ant
as much more tips to be
shown to heart

Sphinx, of Cement and Aluminum

Wikipedia Poem, No. 998

the coronavirus show loses weight
overtly and as much as supplements
holy travel warning infects the earth

studied worldwide these researchers
fattening dozens of trusted sources
trusted trusted trusted at the source

the coronavirus show over time weighs poetry
and researchers may have the greatest risk
factors for weight trump is starving easily

and help you weigh less the studies show
the streets of a high-protein breakfast basket
drink and drug manufacturers spreading fatness

warming calm among the geopoets more than weight
unshavenly even confirmed calm among working members
themselves under their brains to cause tectonic poems

as much as of themselves as even 20 under 20
award winnder much more as much as of you can intake
their brains cause over 3 months of twittering states

last year when drinkers kept it cool connecting
my generations destroyed in the week’s trusted source
trusted starving and much much more of the study

show yourselves even under themselves even
under the delectable weight and thingyness
staggering upon the 20 more tips to the state filling

burlap skin bags of harmoney in the streets of high saturday
death chooses your weight avoid suggestive minds
contemplate 20 more tips to lose recompense on the el

and this weight after flat floating losses new york
studies the two leading causes of poetry
and much as much as much as much less

the state declares two causes for poetry
and then injects the virus straight
into their weight ballooned after triple angels floated care meals

more then ten weighty washing infected poets
source studies showing that drinking their weight
in glucomannan can put the starving high-protein break

begin late at least eat a good slow throught
then spread jazz eat time as much as washington state
first cool eyes has now been detected among the source weight

the mainland as much as the wasteland naked starving and
researchers see a magma coated cardinal first coronavirus
soaring destructive or descriptive at worst infected

this wait trumps an expanding power in the state you’re late
very many of them can install intakes into people who were
flying at half an hour body weight eat most fat of the state

declare a state first
cool cardinal eyes then
and now and again

be shown to be
brooklyn as much
as much as losing

Poem for The New Yorker

Wikipedia Poem, No. 997

  gothic piping 
which is world
          embarrassing themselves year over year, bertolt.
     
frequently seemingly 
the 
       night of iron and i can tell you,
       heather,
          in my advice to 
  cross 
      today
  and that
quietly seemingly 
        obviously 
the world is
embarrassing — 
      there were 
     loves missing which is to say watching the world
embarrassing its wisdom.

john 
might 
  of 
      scandalized the breakfast rollicking which is 
the night 
of iron and loudspeaker social 
modernization.

        oh, 
harkening gold — ceiling walls and floor! — 
          the only thing was 
       loving which is 
only theater
in 
  my 
     advice to you had to 
     be there you had to 
cross 
      today
          and 
you, it's 
hopeless,
terrance. 
 
         occasionally the 
       same sonnet 
spins steady gold
  the only 
things gone and gotten.

OK OK OK (For Eztmrjie)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 996

after months of afternoon
eztmrjie is not the park
wikipedia poem, no. 995
eztmrjie bit the dark part
wikipedia poem, no. 995
this marriage —
that commitment —
this contaminant —
tenderly autobiographical
but denied as an institutional art-piece
the 43-year-old protagonist’s given name: eztmrjie
his anti-capital acts of speech
for me the reality’s mouth after months
of dynamite after lesson’s prescriptive stories
the character’s weird little enzymes his name is eztmrjie
black people are lebanese-americans
have a reality are trees in the park
after months after the lesson’s prescriptive streets
such a tremendous snap of respek for treats
such anti-capitalist and overly autobiographical acts