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sure
i believe
those are people
restore color with light she says
sitting across from him in stagebright
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legs crossed at the knee pouring water
and coffee perhaps a xanax before
permission and intention matter he says
elevated above seven black angels
four white hands
black shoes
collar

Argosy

Wikipedia Poem, No. 912

Traantown
realizes
home to’gain three watchers
watch
it’s luck, old luck
fell
on them might they
see
those next few days, months, years dry down harbor way.

He
heard
the water-thrill then, so
sent
above—
to talk?
to explore
the exterior?

Terrible clarity, terrible, they
weren’t
like others round Traantown
rigging
sudden pagan kinship with patient harbor
runs
cross through the men of your world, one whitecap at a time.

“Charles Bernstein”

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Charles Bernstein,
Here is my litany,
How does it compare
To yours? Not a thing,
But an original tense,
Unknown to word, sound
Or light—the carefully pent
Birthday present
Approximately the size of a bowling ball
And the weight of a human heart
As you remember it—
Bowed and hysterical, still
Forever and unobserved.

Wikipedia Poem, No. 180

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“The smallest girl / in the wild kid’s gang / submitted her finger / to his tomahawk idea — // It hurt bad, dropping off.” Les Murray

a word augustus?
on cities and positions
capability of technique

we are the same
original champions
success in superville

devices we composed in sophistry
this particular route through memory
our warehouses mine back rooms

methods of ariel
hawksquill studies
forget-me-not the mind’s sireling

desirings sprayed above dubbed imagery
from contact with einstein the words
of augustus sink to obscure paradise

“Hi, Joanna”

 

Hi, Joanna. How have you been?
I’m well. You look well — I’m
Happy to hear you use that word.
Good. Good. Well, anyway, I’m

Concerned about your voice.
No, specifically the way you recite.
It’s … troubling. You appear snakelike
And arrested, harmless. That’s not the way.

It’s not. I wouldn’t say “short of breath”
Exactly. Let’s call it, Forked-god. Please,
Calm down. I’m going to ask you
A couple of questions about your sexual history. Is that OK?

You switch back and forth between — please,
Correct me if I’m wrong — between
Subject and solitude. That’s to say:
Radical loneliness and decimation. Correct?

Masturbation may be part of it, but I’m speaking
Broadly about a timeline of sexual partners:
Moon-god, Ocean-sent, Stoic-antler. Relevant?
Of course. Its right here on your chart, Joanna:

“Five-three, phenotypically retroussé nose,
Tumescent pout, cosmetically rebellious.”

So, why this affected staccato when you read?

Wikipedia Poem, No. 122

skywriting-recalls

“If we bear in mind the fact that tendentious jokes are so highly suitable for attacks on the great, the dignified and the mighty, who are protected by internal inhibitions and external circumstances from direct disparagement, we shall be obliged to take a special view of certain groups of jokes which seem to be concerned with inferior and powerless people.” Sigmund Freud

ONE

of metaphors linked idea of thot 
it be a task beyond political valuation 
Our values old insisted from 

those talent the not meaning torturers must have
disinterpreter To place a task beyond 
political values old insistently 

thinking of our society would death 
This was akin to who sees are 
that connected from those

of Susan Sontag he likes  
the conjunction akin to know better 
But it does not political philosophy in a chain 

when a chain knows betrayal it 
is usually a student as a peccadillo 
or a Writics’ Circle Award 

and accuratextual dignity of human 
unfree society would have its disinterpreter

TWO

and in an ideal plan some might 
He gave, appeared, I said different 
from being Harper’s anecdote violates 

the devoted god within horrified cheerleaders 
including that I find a book slighteous, righteous
a Berlin Prize for years including the devoted god’s 

with friends Oh you’re a heading that way 
reads of power of whether people’s right 
argued must confess for skywriting recalls 

Pizza Preacher fixed broken could pay two dollars 
halves of teachers should be Ezra Pound 
the first economically enjoyed with friends

Oh you could looking for class boys 
then I explained Christinction


Sources: 

Galchen, Rivka, and Benjamin Moser. “Are There Any Unforgivable Sins in Literature?” Sunday Book Review
The New York Times, 12 Jan. 2016. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.

Freud, Sigmund. Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious. Ed. James Strachey. Mass Market Paperback ed. 
New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1905. Print.