Explaining Alcoholism to a Christian Using a Metaphor about Photosynthesis

Wikipedia Poem, No. 787

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disaster hammers
choice

diving into memory’s wreck
reveals god an addict

produce and improve
think and civil war

come you groundbreaker
annual depending flashes of green tumble

the fruiting lift of its time
prisms individual residents

hole up at the corymb mall
the follow-up between younger pews

saint george slays
a spray of arboreal math

saint matt jolts his subjects
this isn’t the god damned lottery

This is America

Wikipedia Poem, No. 783

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charms revive glass
god one quits

plague of glass or question
alternative: crashing

diamonds or questions
serenity prayer for IEDs

collect the alternative
crashing strikes itchy neighbor

very-real hand serendipitous charms
down into the glass prayer

for the alternative crashing diamonds
or question weather in the jar

full of god question
safety one can hold

one can hold god
or an imaginary boxcutter

neighbors very-real hand
serendipitous charms

question these over
diamonds lightning fine silk

Digesting the One Perfect Cherry Blossom (Ōtomo no Tabito’s Problem Drinking)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 782

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were  delicious so sweet and so sweet 
and so sweet and so sweet 
        and so  sweet 
    
          and so sweet  and  
so sweet and 
   so sweet and  
          which 
 you were 
of 
being  for  
          breakfast 
for breakfast  for breakfast 
        
 
for 
       breakfast  
   for 
       
   breakfast 
forgive me they   
were probably 
      saving for 
breakfast  
        for breakfast   for breakfast   for my alcoholism  which burns something  
a wise fellow saving for 
breakfast   
     were 
in the plums things like  
a wise 
fellow 
    the plums  the plums that i'm 
saving for my 
alcoholism  which you   were probably  saving you 
somethings like 
       a wise fellow were delicious and sweet
 
me less than half as 
    delicious 
         less than half as  
sweet but still so sweet and 
   rich  
         you 
you were  
breakfast   fermented plums  
breakfast for breakfast for my alcoholism
which you were probably 
saving  
sweet and weepy 
 i couldn't find the 
      plums 
to 
       drink is to 
    drink is 
to drink is 
       to 
       drink 
       
        for breakfast 
for breakfast 
for breakfast 
  for my alcoholism  
which 
 
you were probably
      in your 
delicious way so sweet and 
         rich you were  
    probably saving me for 
my 
alcoholism 
       
   which you were 
          in 
    the atmosphere  plums 
this place of being for breakfast   
for my alcoholism 
 which you were in the business of probably saving 
           for my alcoholism so sweet and i couldn't find the 
     
plums  that 
      were  
delicious so  sweet and so sweet 
and weep i couldn't find they were probably 
 saving  
flowers for breakfast 
     for breakfast   
  for breakfast for my alcoholism which 
      you  
a wise fellow 
 were 
probably saving 
         for 
          my alcoholism which 
        you were 
probably saving  for breakfast  
 
  for breakfast 

breakfast in  
      the japanese 
poem 
that          validated my alcoholism which you 
       were probably saving for breakfast for breakfast for 
       breakfast 
for  
          breakfast for 
breakfast 
     for  breakfast 
for breakfast for 
breakfast for 
breakfast for 
     breakfast for breakfast   
which  you   which you were
they were delicious and sweet probably

Map of the World

Wikipedia Poem, No. 746

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shy piñata

horizon of mascara slurps
a burst expectant cross
mangles the black one
purple swoosh at eye-level

burst piñata

down-filled custom spilt dirty swinging watcher
black one purpled shoulders slap
black one purple air of fire

blink mascara
burst piñata

the poets’ key
falls into air-fire

down across simile
like the face with no face
elsewhere is here
it licks for candied fontanelle

or glides or imagines
the black one’s purple mage
who cannot know:

and slurps
the poets’ knot
groks their shy
pint at eye-level

Please let me sleep

“The bike I was thinking of buying belonged to a friend. Before I could buy it, I crashed on it, riding as a passenger behind my friend, with a beautiful girl squeezed in between us, three on a bike, a Triumph, going far too fast, all of us drunk, around Place de la Concorde, and slipping out of control on the wet cobbles at 4:00 a.m. Pardner, don’t get on a motorcycle with drink in you.” Frederick Seidel

Monadnock

Wikipedia Poem, No, 691

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      in some countries hair 
pilcrow blossom falls 
  
     she is you remember that
a good husband avoids 
     a cross 
 
time bothers neither alluvial husband nor empire 
husband nor backwoods 
husband 

nor line them up on my own thread
      across 
      time 

      i return to my 
collapsing honey-clings to my 
    life my wife that white refusee there and not 

      the first time staring beautiful you said a fistful 
of memories    you covetously       
          having 

         never 
been inside 
my mind 

    9.4% alc/vol my lips do not behave 
like the good husband nor the quiet car 
away from the 

        aerosol 
kudzu 
that honey-pillow goddess pun

Day Tradition Shade Bridge

Wikipedia Poem, No. 683

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baume du doge
moira egan
mark strand
venice
aperitivo
orange
one
drinks
vitamins
truth
conversations
grand canal
cinnamon
cardamom
spice trade
shade
sky
day
saffron
poetry
language
tradition
san marco
carillon
gusts
myrrh
frankincense
city
elegance
silk
velvet
benzoin
vetiver
night
permanence
day
saffron
poetry
language
trade
shade
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sky
day
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poetry
language
traditions
grand
venice
aperitivo
orange
one
drinks
vitamins
truth
conversations
grand
venice
aperitivo
orange
one
drinks
vitamins
truth
conversations
grand canal
cinnamon
cardamom
spice tradition
san marco
carillon
gusts
myrrh
frankincense
city
elegance
silk
velvet
benzoin
vetiver
night
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elegance
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city
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mark strand
venice
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drinks
vitamins
truth
conversation
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cardamom
spice trade
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poetry
language

tradition

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aperitivo
orange
one
drinks
vitamins
truth
conversations
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drinks
vitamins
truth
conversation
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spice
trade
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Source: Egan, Moira. “Baume du Doge.” The New Criterion, Dec. 2017, www.newcriterion.com/issues/2017/12/baume-du-doge.

Portrait of Shiva as 1,500 Terabytes of Genetic Code

Wikipedia Poem, No. 647

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“different animals in the same ecosystem pick up on different environmental signals”

diction of distraction far away real
but exploding from fiction resource scarcity
sacrifice in the newsroom what a thrill to disappear
into the lush terrarium of cum dribbled into a kleenex

that warm dark drunk feeling of being a white male in total control
far away but also exploding to simulate the umwelt
what has been dumped into the smell of vacation at the
colossi of memnon life’s unrecognizable terrarium of cum

dribbled into the kleenex those eye glasses look real expensive
one’s unique genetic code disappears into the far away flush
jail broken to simulate pain and sacrifice the smell
of resource scarcity like scarification in the newsroom

what a thrill to create from vivisected tissue those colossi look
so expensive beside wrecked kleenex flushed into a cum soaked
terrarium into one’s unique genetic code disappears far away
shiva real fricative expensive controls resource scarcity

sacrifice is that no-feeling of being black out drunk
in god’s lush terrarium with cum spurting into the newsroom
any newsroom really what a cheap trick the adrenaline
what a thrill to be undervalued and overperform

What Do You Shadow and How Do You Brick? (Seneca)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 629

“To say what you want to say, you must create another language and nourish it for years and years with what you have loved, with what you have lost, with what you will never find again.” George Seferis

the help madame 
of a sponsor (experience me   
mber    make that one   cannot     

pronunciation

control       one can give strength   
exam inning         others with the helping 
amends for the help madame 

perusal

of the sponsor (experience me     
mber making others with a new life 
with the       help madame of a sponsor   

study

experienced me   make me give a       
higher power revulsion   suffer savior
help madame make amends for the       errors       

expression

with a new life the same emulsion sinning 
past         errors        with         the new life 

enunciation

with        the          same    alcoholism 
kiryat           one cannot count control

A Long Poem Inspired by Days of Overeating Metaphor

Wikipedia Poem, No. 596

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“I’ve given this coldness many names / thinking if it had a name it would have a solution” Kaveh Akbar

  nor is not its
     reader   nor is not its reader   a politician's slight to create a god
if they weren't given here   men are taught to create a god
if the roots of which i am so enamored poet
      of
the you the famous
poem is not this condition is not this condition is your lips offer up
a mouthful of hand like an acrobat part you when the poem
is guaranteed in this condition is you in the you
         in the you in the poet of him again his condition is not popular
your lips of the you in they weren't given here   men are taught of
the you in this condition is
not everyone knows the poem is not its reader   nor is not its reader
nor is pleasure guaranteed
      in the
you in the room and which i am so enamored poem is you
in the roots offer up a mouthful of
which aggravates an entire season
of
the poem is not its reader   a
  politician's slight of the poem is
         not
this condition is not this condition is not this condition
is not
      its reader   nor is not its reader   nor is you guaranteed
sitting on the roots of which i am so enamored poem is not its
reader   nor is guaranteed
        in the famous poet of sand   even here   men are taught to create
a god if you wish aggravation   an acrobat
      parts
you in the ways given here
men are taught to create a
god if the roots offer up a mouthful of him
again imagine you in the room   an entire season of pear trees
everyone knows the roots
of which aggravates
an acrobat parts   you room and aggravate
an acrobat part you of whom i am so enamored this poem is not its reader
nor is it a lover   nor is it guaranteed   in you the room
like an entire season of sand
everyone knows the poet
who is not a reader  nor is guaranteed in the roots
offer up a mouthful of the room which aggravates
an acrobat part of you in the room and which aggravates
an acrobat part your lips
of the room and like an acrobat part you the poem is not its reader
nor is guaranteed in the popular you the room and
which aggravates an entire season
of sand   everyone knows the room
and like an entire season of which aggravates an
acrobat part your lips offer up a mouthful of the poem is not
        the famous poem is not
this condition is not its reader
    a
     politician's slight
to
create a god if the popular
you in they weren't given here   men are taught
to
create a god if they weren't given here
     men are taught to create a god if the your lips offer up a mouthful of
which aggregates   an
entire season of aggravates