Toothpaste for the Young Poet

Wikipedia Poem, No. 514


to rescue to operate on 
the marks of infinity to be 
transcended against one's will

time rubbed into lather
	for your opponent every deck 
		underhanded or made gape

i'm less 
jorie grammatically 
buys a vowel
your immediate opportunity tomorrow
	fidget spinner i promise 
		it's not you it's me this working problem has 
your poem 
wants to be bleach with its brief 
heavy handed whitening as declension

suicide i'm still
	novice be let bezos-loose 
		keep it just   write deep mystery

new tooth shapes become octuplets 
holding hands ripe bipedal feelings 
unbruised "skin the concerned"-essential 
is this how surprise 
	tastes? great
		all my new deepstate teeth 

shaping edits 
a poem but 
it has a point: threatening 
your own image/experience of the stuff 
	and when i wouldn't make your art form 
		how weird 

to be bleached 
	on the castle keep 
		for posterity

Hezutsu Tōsaku (1726-1789)


Affluence—define it as:
pickled greens,
rice for supper,
nice wine, one bottle,
modest but never empty


Source: Sato, Hiroaki, and Burton Watson. From the Country of Eight Islands: An Anthology of Japanese Poetry. New York: Columbia University Press, 1987. Print.

Gender Politics

Wikipedia Poem, No. 472


“If I were in authority, I would forbid advertising.” Le Corbusier

to be loved   eyes closed of pain  
it is just like you not like you nothing flat  
traced with a number two pencil    nothing vested 
in hydrangeas something more like cutting 
something black ravage    to be
loved    afraid of course cutting
a slow-covered kitchen knife    something more
we will be loved afraid of pain
its dimensions feed from perspective
to follow up     thick unguent

you don't like   specifics
        we will make more     we're flattered
      thick unguent                    carving
    that you don't         like in fact we will make more
          we   will          thick unguent            
carving into mountains      just        like you
     that     you don't like 
nothing flattered kitchen knife something
    vested in hydrangeas something          something
            that you don't like        specifically that we loved
         once         afraid of pain                  covered
    in kitchen knife something
    what you    don't like    nothing black ravage
    wielding    to be loved afraid of pain    it is ok
that you don't like you
nothing    cutting    velvet    safe

Fuck You Fortune Cookie

Wikipedia Poem, No. 456


to recollect clean one's head    put    out out of it forget
forgot    dismiss    dismissed dismiss dismissing    missing
dismiss dismiss disrecollection of have no recall    be un 
headless put out out of it    forget    dismiss    dismissed    disrecollection of
have no more of    wean one's head    put it out it goes
let bygones be bygones be gone    bygones goner forgetfulness fail
you're a    remembrance of    forget    inattention    dismiss from one's thoughts	
forget forgotten forgetfulness    let bygones be bygones 
be    forgiveness    forget it    forgetfulness dismiss from    inattention
disrecollection    dismiss    from form inattention forgiveness   
let it go	forget forgetfulness    forget forgiveness forgetfulness dismiss   
from one's head    be unable to recall

Wikipedia Poem, No. 348


“The first and perhaps most fundamental [rule] involves the proposition that form cannot materialize or mutate unless it struggles against resistance in the process … [This proposition exists in and around] a ritualized realm of competition, exhibition, and idolization that is associated in our collective cultural unconscious with masculine identity.” Nancy Spector

result despite
the monuments

are still

in modern-day roubaix
sunday concern
mechanical profession

difficult condition
annually the esteem
the result the queen

tyre puncture road
the school then
indifficult in its raphaelite

symmetries of iconogram
what separates whom
from scene when

the school
of the artistic

all changelings
perfect figure
quiet scholars

sol of socrates
as it appears
to earth far removed

by windows that
third wave elevates
the fresco

and aristotle
quite wrong
echoes emphasis

Wikipedia Poem, No. 303


“Primarily that the focus of the work is to find who I am I guess. That’s perhaps the most important purpose of the pictures through the many years I’ve photographed. My photos are psychological statements, not political, not social, not economic. For others I would like to see the pictures help them find out who they are: to find a side of themselves that they keep in shadow. The side they refer to as ‘the dark side.'” Roger Ballen


who one is or
is one who after evolution
is some wholes

so one learns to open a door
something’s larger whole
somehow opens

a loch larger whole something pictured
oneself through the evolution of wholes
somehow a larger who opens

one is or becomes bored with nature
and explores becoming naturally one
does not give oneself the day

one does not go away the other way
it’s best to do this tonight either
become easier or become bored

with more experience
with dayrise to give oneself
with expired say boredom sets

spills more experience opens
a door somehow one does the
job completely of a bleeding janitor



Wikipedia Poem, No. 287


“first beast, then scholar, then abject and adored.” Kleinzahler

define abject earth and political 
         elements of 
          collective identity 
      and opening and high-lyric dictional book 
  award reviewing volume of 
california and political course 
and occulture the language’s matter earth 
     meter and high-lyric dictional and the last 
     century practical courses 
      practical like 
        i feel 
     feel like i feel life-like an element 
the last 
century practical 
          borrowing and occult 
knowledge an emphasis on 
     fire followed 
    the fourth 
      and policy and 
       high-lyric diction the 
of california 
          on when-lands

Wikipedia Poem, No. 207



years tardif se faire
le sens du dernier
a buzz of gone gods

where is clear la cour
suivra particules queue
nothing of his judged work

regret gone il ouvre
découvre dégagé perçons déplier hachurée
défaire ses lame de scie circulaire

he is briefly an extrovert
an island in the scope
exposed lattice work

sans la more rien dans l’absence
le sens du domain continuité éternel
of sans la mort of men unique

the author is here
his old age his body
rien est contemporain


Source: Betty, Louis. “The Poetics of Despair: A reading of Michel Houellebecq’s configuration du dernier rivage.” ANOBIUM, 5 Oct. 2013. Web. 25 May 2016.

Wikipedia Poem, No. 199


“Hearts designed / for another purpose / pump darkness / into the air.” Howie Good


nothing frightening about
death nothing 
about the blank page 
quit yr

job buy a
motorcycle forget about

related to the dutch homp
lump hump see hump
see humping see hump

see hump meaning
us slang it is first
an attractive male

usually with the self-
governed individuality
that makes up this group

psychedelic exploration
of self-governed individuality
that combines lithuanians poles south slavs etc

a subculture that combines the ethos of bread
and a very sexy tan
chiseled abs and a large piece



  • Good, Howie. “Technotopia.” Dreaming in Red. Birmingham, Alabama: Right Hand Pointing, 2011. 22. Print.
  • Mola, Pier Francesco. Guerrier oriental. 1650. Musée du Louvre, Paris.

Wikipedia Poem, No. 184


“Thus, in a brazen urn, the water’s light / Trembling reflects the sun’s and moon’s bright rays, / And, darting here and there in aimless flight, / Rises aloft, and on the ceiling plays.” Virgil


here the line and air does
perhaps begin its final gasp

clinching couplets in asymmetry
life as genre generates the poem

a poem in the first
the first the first

the first forms of air
do perhaps begin the line

the forms generate breath
the central event divides

form breaks from
soul except equal

in a way ends preceding
with a less emphatic pause

the two lines arranged
bodies with life and air

“Reader!” there it was
bodies symmetrically