Transactional Middle Class Aubade

middle-class

Why is failure so central to your work?

At Christmastime,
I abandon warm twin towers of trash curbside
for the formal procreation of
the underprivileged and the poor.

What does failure mean to you?

All good men wear Gucci loafers.

Socrates wears Gucci loafers.
Therefore, Socrates is a good man.

The Prosecutor Said in a Statement

Wikipedia Poem, No. 860

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this mad rhetoric diamond
there is delight here for
us to be populated the black fireworks palmed over
gold manipulating gold in place
ice powerful the powerful powerful powerful
fizzling poison of kings of the king’s
the powerful powerful powerful
popular must be powerful

survey says:
there is delight here
for the weak
must sniff manipulation in place
i refuse the powerful inch toward the sun
punch my nose poison
gift of lace no-blood
must be a strap of leather a spider
plant i refuse

The Collected Poems of Capita Mortua

Wikipedia Poem, No. 761

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the seniors in 
   chang-tan park and 
  the seniors in he-yang 
         low-waged war and sparse reliable force since li he 
         served languish 
even 
   working 
peach-blossom steady erosion of state 
and sparse 
 
protest 
     comfortable 
forces in peach-blossom anxiety 
and sparse 
        reliable 
        for peach-blossom ranks of thot of complaints peach-blossom 
li he was surprised 
    the old 
man's teach blossoms the way 
li he was surprised those in factory towns 
had 
surprised tears investing complaints in peach-blossoms 
         golden hairpins work the peach-blossom way 
      li he was 
no less than ammunition
of abuse those 
         unlucky thursdays 

we are 
of a
middle-class
and fashionable
carriages rumbling
in ornate patterns 
of yellow twilight
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Source: Cohen, Patricia, and Robert Gebeloff. “Public Servants Are Losing Their Foothold in the Middle Class.” The New York Times, 22 Apr. 2018. Web.

Jacob Frères Paints with Blood

Wikipedia Poem, No. 425

Leprosorium

“For a moment, you may think that as long as you stay inside the castle you will be safe. Outside, everything is transient and destined to decay. Inside everything is incontrovertible, eternal, joyous, and glorious.” Alessandro Carrera on Severino’s Magical Castle

with 
blood
we arrive 
by boat in his jacob 
frères desk
    long fibrous 
    scaly 
    noses
        but the 
        ophrys morisii on his palace 
portraits of 
his jacob 
    frères desk
    are long fibrous 
    scaly 
noses
    but the 
flowers on his palace 
portraits of 
his palace 
    with blood
    we arrive by 
        boat in his jacob frères desk
are 
long fibrous scaly 
    noses
but the 
flowers on his palace 

portraits of his 
anachromistic
    whatever 
        that means topped
    with 
        blood
    we 
        arrive by boat 
    in 
his jacob frères desk long 
    fibrous scaly noses
    but the 
flowers in his palace 
    portraits on his jacob frères desk
are ophrys morisii with amphibious eyes

Bukowski’s Place

He had a thick listhp like he’d been punched in his mouth
his whole life. He didn’t ask us to leave
but served us garbage whiskey, asked
a half condescending question
about how long we’ve had the internet
and then shot a small, scared mouse
with a bow and arrow.

We were tourists alright.