‘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

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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
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u s extremely expensive and politically powerful health visits and they also finance a
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claims data from several large american insurance companies

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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
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lower
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medical emergencies
at hospitals though that effort has stalled (isolators to lower prices the providers
to publicize the providers
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bill or even the united states but the united states but the united states but the united
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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

thomas-demand copy

Review of Trilobyte

Union Square, 2019

“Trilobyte is a prime example of ‘write the poem you want to read.’ BogotaHorribLe has endulged himself into making what he thinks would be a fun experience, disregarding the reader. The result is a short bland artsy experience that fails to live up to its price-tag. A clunky conceit, and forced boring ‘anthropological’ images (one involving this reviewer) doesn’t make things better.”

‘subjunctive, infinitive, not tied down’

Wikipedia Poem, No. 988

“Women have all kinds of practice
imagining themselves as men
and men have very little practice
imagining themselves as women.”
Meryl Streep

himself to less difficult words
the male is giving himself to improve
readability
the male is giving himself to passive voice
the male is
giving himself to passive sentence length
the male is giving himself to good results
the sentence length
the male is giving
himself to that which is not enough
the test
the male is giving himself to
sentences
the text
the sentences
the male is giving
himself to sentences
the male is giving himself to transition
the male is giving himself to active
voice
the male is giving himself to that which is giving himself to two instances
the
male
is
giving himself to two instances
the male is giving himself to less
difficult worlds
the male is giving himself
to the male is giving himself to transition words
and sentences

the male is distributing words
the male is giving himself to consecutive sentences
to sentence length
the male is giving himself to your text
the male is giving himself to transition words
the male is giving himself to two
instances
the male is giving himself to sentences
the male is giving himself to less difficult worlds
the male is giving himself
to passive sentence length
the male is giving easy text
the male is giving himself to passive voice
the male is giving himself to sentences
the
male
is giving himself to
sentences
the male is not methuselah’s father
the male is giving himself to that which is giving himself to transitions
the male is giving himself to that which is giving himself to only 3.4 percent of the sentence length
the male is
giving
himself to mix things up
the test
the male is giving himself to active sentences

m is giving himself to transition worlds
the sentence length
the male is giving himself to consecutive sentences
the flesch readability
the sentence length
the male is giving himself
to
passive sentences
the male is giving himself to improve readability
flesch readability
the sentences
the male is giving himself to the same worlds
over and over again the male is giving himself to good truths
the test
the male is giving himself to transitions
the
male
is giving himself to two instances
the male is giving
himself to active
voice
the male is giving
himself to mix things up
the male is giving himself to tradition
the male is not enough
the male is giving himself to sentences where three or more
consecutive sentences
the male is giving himself to less difficult worlds
over and over again the male is
giving himself to improv

Self Portrait with Ten Decembers

Wikipedia Poem, No. 987

Self Portrait with Ten Decembers: it's about the one telling/experiencing: she / wrote accident environment stranhar insolitical disturbance stransition different

of
government
disturbance different disturbance point
of government/environment disturbance stransformation alter accident environment environment/environment/environment strange odd peculiar weird curious queer eccentric funny suspicious queer eccentric funny suspicious queer eccentric oddball 変える 【かわる】 to it tags it tags it tags it tags it tags it tags
it tags it tags it tag it tags it tags it tags it tags it tags it tags
it tags it tags it tags it tags it tags it with an unusual everyone tells you want to tag it

disturbance stranhar insolite étransition declension alterar modificar raro mudança estransition alterar modificar raro mudança estranhar insolite étransformed to change office go eat get something her story going to change changing the same
incident disturbance
difference different environment/disturbance different polite étrange of the woman is this poem about?
me it’s about? me it’s about? me it’s about?

it’s about the incident
environment pick and
choose you it’s about me

suffuse with whom you it’s about? me
it’s about the one telling/experiencing: she
wrote accident environment stranhar insolitical disturbance stransition different
environment/disturbance political disturbance different
accidental anarchy is still anarchy disturbance
political disturbance different environment a pic
get something 政変 【セイヘン】
strange character accident environment disaster accident disturbance polite
étransform to change odd peculiar weird curious queer eccentric funny suspicious
queer eccentric oddball 変える 【かわる】 to sleep the ordinary to sleep
when you are uncommon tranhar insolitical distinction 異変 【イヘン】 strange
odd peculiar weird curious queer eccentric
oddball 変える 【かわる】
to reform to change alteration inside the one 😁😉😉 e i e i e i e i will be the woman this is poem about? it’s about?
me it’s suffuse with the fuck is this poem about? me it’s about? me it’s about? me
me overflowing of feel/experience: she wants to change to change odd peculiar weird
curious queer

New Reform Temple with Snow (How to Fully Inhabit Your Characters)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 986

Barbara Kruger was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1945. After attending Syracuse University, the School of Visual Arts, and studying art and design with Diane Arbus at Parson's School of Design in New York, Kruger obtained a design job at Condé Nast Publications.

you love/live;
you don’t know the woman
trying to
hold the woman what is this poem about? nancy me — about?
it’s overflowing and and you you get someone trying to tell her story
nancy tells you doesn’t she?
you don’t
know don’t listen
don’t know this woman is what
this poem is about? nancy me
it’s about me suffuse with meaning to get something
to get at her story
u don’t know the woman trying to get at her story she’s dead

something with meaning
her story hold the woman
woman this poem of explicit
gravity overflown with telling
the person who assigns
meaning to her story
it’s overflowing her story
telling/experiencing: woman is about the poem?
nancy me it’s about? nancy
me about? cold and gentle
suffuse with her story
saturated undulating up
meaning feeling material breath
feeling material meaning breath

hold the reality it’s overflowing down
her story is dead she’s dead
she’s the person who

Unterselfconsciousness

Wikipedia Poem, No. 985

automatic black curtain makes way for light within the system
for most of the art world’s subconscious — severe ghosts
pour through dreams with 16 inch kalashnikovs khan fiercely criticizes desire
examines the industrial printer of the black curtain
makes way for light herself the artist-activist now represents the system
at gagosian it’s hard to admit what she does for light the system infiltrates
dreams of the world’s subconscious khan examines the system
for the artist-activist the web of the art world’s humorous
political projects — objects of power — she’s the light within severe ghosts
dreams khan the art world’s unterselfconsciousness — her voice is different
from those of the living the armed ghosts the fierce critic
of her voice is a fierce critic of most artist-activists

the unsparing sky no one wants
the desires pressed against the roof
of her mouth that of the artist-activist
most of all the high severe ghosts
emigrating dreams of the fierce critic
her desires
examine the hidden bolshevik sky
no one wants — least of all
the art world’s subclass unconscious