Robert Lax vs. Sandra Simonds

I would bet
but I have no
money with
which to
place a bet.

I bet you began
with that clever
little line tossed
out like a thousand caltrops
at the end of the poem.

Whether I win or lose
I lose—I start like this
with my tongue split
the tastebuds lost young
precept armed with
poll tax and pollaxe.

One switch turns off the internet
another makes all the previous
words shed fear skin embellish-
ment—I’ll push one now:

begin clear
toss caltrops
the poem ends

win or lose
—split tongue—
pollaxe, poll tax

two switches
no more twitter
fear of embellishment

Now I’ll push
the other:


poll tax/axe


Wikipedia Poem, No. 375


“What shall I do? not be Rich or Great, / Not to be courted and admir’d, / With Beauty blest, or Wit inspir’d, / Alas! these merit not my care and sweat, / These cannot my Ambition please, / My high born Soul shall never stoop to these; / But something I would be thats truly great / In’ts self, and not by vulgar estimate.” Mary Astell, 7 Jan. 1687

different weapons
     related to change 
     from a glance 

in oxford of one substance 
     hackensack whiteout  
     reported into gold  

altar holy dreg 

learn more 
     helped sentences 
     for transform vs transmute

form from nature substance 
     without god no possession  
     day transmutes 

learn more 
     helped sentences 
     form from transmission 

was transformed 
     form nature selling different 
     hymnals change 

for transmutation apparent
     changes in appearance  
     without god no possession 

if equipment can transmute 
     transmute me into other 
     withouted objects

without god 
     no possession  
     apes appearance