Wikipedia Poem, No. 267

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“On the wall is a spot: the painter sneezed / … or dirt, / or is it a cousin back from the dead / yearning to touch brows. / The spot is not monochrome; red is with that gray. / It is … a cell beset by virus. / Really, I don’t know. So much business thins me out. / And now voices approach: they are spheres, textured.” Kleinzahler


direct pinesap sunlight sight recede
fundament unnerving receiver
function over fabrication consider this

future clasping scales study and synprecept
rich woodland sights sunlight retractable specific-
developed neuroscientific union

of committee glans stretch the canyon tip
commonly suggests 95 percent in utero make art
in utero enhanced thought through thunder

between metonymy and metaphor innervated mucous memory
‘s saprophyte defaces coin retractable specific
developing through time with wine considered raceme

retractable boy fairly stretchable roots of pine and oak
man fairly stretchable specific developed analyses suspend mental
syntheses overstimulates unfastening copper cage door


Source: Kleinzahler, August. “The Interior Decorator on Sunday.” Live from the Hong Kong Nile Club: Poems, 1975-1990. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000. Print. Page 31.

Wikipedia Poem, No. 266


“Pyrrho, the one who built such an amusing science out of ignorance … [sometimes suffered] being incised and cauterized with such constancy that he was not seen even to blink.” Montaigne


marrow suppressed memories
eithermore salable images indirectly spring
somatologic malignancies of ontology:

cloud sides breathe interior concerns
erected by a crew in public view
heavy as heaven harvest between blinks

callused tradition conceives the park bench
memory shielding the sculpture the body from
the breath the disaster the doubt cast cave-in