Polyphemus in Napa

Wikipedia Poem, No. 655

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all that mighty oneself
one sees stretch online
glassed by the trees
its easy eye
and wine glasses
lost in branches
by the pain that’s
remembered
her sea bottom
home for suede

flash stupid
save oneself
from love you
see selfless be
come classless
seawine in a park
ing lot terrible
things unfriendly
things how much love
is parking one
sees measure sees
love love
is what one sees
oneself flash io
then flash
something else
no longer seen

We All Lay on the Island Beach Together (Tension)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 649

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“151. Pseudo-cyclical time is a time transformed by industry. The time founded on commodity production is itself a consumable commodity, recombining everything which, during the period of the old unitary society’s disintegration, had become distinct: private life, economic life, political life. The entirety of the consumable time of modern society ends up being treated as raw material for the production of a diversity of new products to be put on the market as socially controlled uses of time. ‘A product, though ready for immediate consumption, may nevertheless serve as raw material for a further product’ (Capital).” Guy Debord

 

first ask is it interesting
tell the pocket waiter pull-ups skin-tight jeans
scent the studio booth
to be the hungriest ghost kill
in the studio booth smell theorists
scent the studio booth save the actor
kills in the transcendent idea of brilliant to love
basic vanilla body mist scents the hungriest ghost
to be known for a particular black hat
to be known for a particular black hat to kill
in order to slip on a theorist be known for the smell of one’s pockets
to scent the theorist’s tube top for a particular guess what
what’s in the studio booth that isn’t a still particle

life’s deadline fast approaching
that feeling of heroism self-conditioned
against resource scarcity sacrifice
supernatural darkness
of marijuana for the scholars
of cold-water flats floating across envelope scenting the air

Portrait of John Kelly

Wikipedia Poem, No. 643

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“What they did want to hear was what the War Department was doing to put into practice the democracy preached by the administration. ‘Instead,’ said the Courier, ‘Negroes heard the old familiar platitudes, a eulogy of black soldiers who had won honors fighting for democracy, a little tap dancing and what amounted to praise of a jim-crow system that mocks the word democracy.” Roi Ottley, November 1941

       of a person
     of a provision
    an interview 
with laura ingraham 
on slavery    

this statement that provision          what a paragraph      
in our   constitutional          fact     quiet       chief of the man     
clearly   state       what you know    the x of the matter
that     provision is known          in fact     
that chief is quite able to reach    three-fifths of a man    
that        would bleach           his constitution 
in our great american i    con 
returned to   ignorance at the first fugitive slave       african-american-american-american-american-american-american-american-american-american 
rights of 1854     which sad compromise was that       chief
their      major   choice think about     choice kansas nebraska missouri whoever       
cast out of balance on whether black slavery     slaves were         truly people or not 
would residents balance     their interest against an interest-bearing heat or heart 
on slavery     slaves     slave    esclave    chattel    trash     one man    one woman
which fugitive       rights       movement   their value allowed terminology 
in          black       bodied neighborhoods    of the night
compared with      property deeds        covenant on two knees     
which allowed homeowners to place     the black people’s spark      in escrow 
what is a right      new fights movement for a movement 
the prewar      comparison        with the value of legacy 
black neighborhoods     fleeting on black bodies

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Sources:

Cauley, Kashana. “Slavery Thrived on Compromise, John Kelly.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 31 Oct. 2017, www.nytimes.com/2017/10/31/opinion/slavery-kelly-civil-war-compromise.html.

Ottley, Roi. “Negro Morale: 1941.” Reporting Civil Rights: American Journalism 1963-1973. New York: Library of America, 2003. Print. 5-10.

On Politics

Wikipedia Poem, No. 642

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seine          of the times
republicans like roots
                          diction control
                                          means         colorful
butchered meats leak from vines
the most popular color in the world     sky
strawberry  parsley  persimmon  almond  eggplant
meaning normcore              roots        goody-goody                    
call diction a spoiled system          friction addiction in america
reformist         reagan democrats                    
drawn to don    america's evolving empirical     mugwump
goody-goody     trawl
used in   macomb county       
and as such         podesta in chains                       
diction ally dossier in     mean business 
and by their lowest common slings
beleaguered trawling middles

Full of Joy, Full of Shit

Wikipedia Poem, No. 638

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“These ideas moved me to a place of pleasure through knowledge and some understanding of the way reality is constructed, of the way the self is formed in culture, of the way language sets traps, and of the cracks in the ‘master narrative,’ those cracks where power can be exercised.” Felix Gonzalez-Torres

why 
   he wants them apart  to have swam
across the swan 
      and   most of the most 
semio-semantic 
       demands of 
       innerness 
         eat 
         their
      own japanese heritage as a way of concurrent 
hot knives since off     
           the prints  
  next 
     year    without saying anything added   
i           don’t desire a dive into his apex 
of inners 
     said mr  
      michael darling  
      
     prints  
       next year   
    with professor 
    real noticeable 
i put my eyes back as 
      if no mushroom 
pattern cortez 
      in history 
      and his career around town
          
mostly adventure artist’s rendered craggy 
his apex in history 
        art 
gallery 
     
kosteophwarmers 
of contemporary fart 
made 
        him across 
        fat 
monks rendered 
craggy 
the 
octopus 
       battles another darling culinary glaze      
  
its 
  period trash islands current vaccines  
         arc from 
smooth professor has 
       had real noticeable 

     i put 
my eyes 
into battle another's 
said michael darling 
added   i don’t know history 
   and his making art's arch of the 
pattern contemporary 
  and   tonist the professor has had 
        a real 
  noticeable 

        i 
  put 
          my eyes 
         into battle metabolize intergalactic 
without saying that the 
   bonté in the 
bonté is the  
         body of xerxes still as  
       identity crises  said michael darling 
highly advanced  arc from 
      smooth professor 
has had 
a 
      real 
      noticeable 

i put my 
      eyes battle another's gaze 
       
 its own japanese heritage was 
   a way of 
innerness 
eats 
its pesticide some kohl 
   around  
 
this 
  relation 
      is 
      is is 
   is is is is is 
   is 
  is is is is is is 
         is is 
is is is 
is is is is 
is is is is is is 
      is is is is is is is is is is 
   is is 
is is is is 
is is is is is is is is 
          is is 
     is 
    is is is is is is is 
        is is is 
       is is 
          is is is is 

the professor wraps around this apex 
    in history art 
chisel 
beasts in 
the artist’s arc 
from smooth professor has had a 
   reach for the octopus 
   
  battle metabolize 
     into 
         history art 
    chicago mushroom 
         the want started as if 
       no museum’s 
      history
started anne waldman's libido born in milleville 
not far from here 
wants
the want of innerness 

eats its 
        own japanese mushrooms 
wants bonté in history and art and
arches towar innerness 
eats its period trash island 
currents 
around the body 
the waking body of xerxes 

identity 
       crises  said mr michael darling  
      which 
      i don’t 
          believe exist anymore

Progress Rapidly in a Seemingly Uncontrollable Manner (5 August 1908)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 632

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“O Zeus our ancestor, look with loathing on those tokens of a victory that was not won.” Hellenistic funerary epigram (trans. Paton)

galloping eyes
breeding that's 
broad 
social 
observation  

      1913 and again 
free 
again free 
         hypoallergenic 
grassy embankment   
 
    zero two eight
gross to the nines    
            
  1919       
 
   eight hundred and twenty eight third class passengers  
we counted
           
    r 
         
  eight hundred and twenty eight third class passengers
again reproach 
membrane between 
1922 renamed a parking lot 
      in one 
         must 
feed as were from 

each other  
 1919 

four foot 
x beams fifty seven   
    in fours   
    
       one hundred and six second class passengers 
again they're counted 
free from distinction 
  commonsensations but 
toward 
inert cars and 
          on fourteen bay twenty-second street brooklyn new york

     their eyes    
in rough port of distraction  
for northern 
       and fingered 
       again freed dogs 
gallop across hypoallergenic grassy 
      embankment



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Under the Raft of the Medusa

Wikipedia Poem, No. 584

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outside of yourself  individuals who most embodied cover 
with dressings and bandages represented  policies 
that will make fredonia squeal again have been internally counternally 
removed 

or undermined in recent months  individuals who 
  most embodied cover with dressings and bandages represented 
individuals who most embodied cover with dressings and bandages represented
  individuals who most embodied cover with dressings and bandages 

the accountant 
is a god-man

represented  individuals who most embodied
cover with dressings and bandages represented  individuals who 
most embodied cover with dressings and bandages 
represented  individuals who most embodied cover with dressings 

represented  individuals who 
most embodied 
     cover with dressings and bandages represented  policies that will 
make fredonia squeal again have been 

the sailor 
is a sea-man

internally counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally 
counternally removed or undermined in recent months most embodied 
cover with dressings and bandages represented  individuals who most 
embodied cover with bandages 

wild ekphrasis yes but 
also me drowning my effigy

represented  individuals who who whooo
most embodied cover with dressings and bandages represented policies that 
made fredonia squeal again have 
been internally counternally counternally counternally 

words become hypotonic
when they move this quickly

counternally removed systematically counternally counternally counternally 
counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally removed 
systematically counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally 
counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally 

counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally 
counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally 
      counternally removed 
  systematically counternally removed systematically removed 

me as perfect 
american consumer

    systematically counternally counternally removed systematically counternally 
counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally 
counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally 
counternally removed systematically counternally counternally counternally 

near bursting

counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally 
counternally countered systematically counternally counternally counternally 
counternally counternally 
     counternally removed systematically 

do i 
survive

          removed systematically counternally removed or undermined 
in recent months counternally counternally 
     counternally counternally counternally counternally removed systematically 
counternally removed systematically counternally countered systematically 

counternally removed 
          systematically counternally 
counternally 
        counternally

from Percival Everett in “The Art of Fiction No. 235”

Everett: “I remember loving Lewis Carroll from an early age, and not just “Through the Looking-Glass” and “Alice” but the syllogisms and a book on logic. And then I remember quite well, early on, reading something I thought I shouldn’t be reading, Maugham’s “Of Human Bondage”, which I got from my father’s shelf. I think I was nine. It was fun because I didn’t think I was supposed to read it. As I look back, I think that it’s reading, probably even more than writing, that I find important. Reading is subversive because you necessarily do it by yourself. Which is why books scare people like Donald Trump. What’s interesting to me is that the poor people who identify with Donald Trump, they think of themselves as unlucky rich people. If things had just gone differently, they would be rich, too. The system has worked against them. It’s the same reason people play the lottery. Overnight you could wake up rich, and that’s an exciting thing. What you can’t do overnight is become educated. That requires a lot of work, so that’s not a goal. It’s something to fear. But that’s exactly why I find books so important. I don’t care what people read. If they read anything, then they might read something else. I just want to participate in making a different culture. I’m thinking of that line of Walt Whitman’s—”Produce great Persons, the rest follows.” It sounds flip when you just say it, but it’s true. That’s not to say that people are bad, but I want a readership that wants to read things because the work is difficult, not because it’s only fun. I want the fun to be in figuring it out. That’s what reading is all about, and to me writing is really just an extension of reading. But there, enough of my soapbox.”

Read the entire interview in The Paris Review.

Donald Trump

Wikipedia Poem, No. 497

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