The Two Orchard Thieves

Wikipedia Poem, No. 577


these two orchard thieves
a series and a brother the spirit seems somehow yet
feminine oily laughs when campfire staircases rise
up like milk our bodies sculpt a cheap iron colocynth
breaks our ranks touch again
doves watercourses a campfire
family laughter incorporating me
as simple as poetry
is a series and brother the black brawl
breathing cannibal horse

Wikipedia Poem, No. 249


“Does … hope [pervade] our century? Perhaps, but poetry does not confirm that impression, and it is a more reliable witness than journalism. If something cannot be verified on a deeper level, that of poetry, it is not, we may suspect, authentic.” Czeslaw Milosz


disdain greek daimonion
a divine principle in the original
mythological sense using it

render to the demon what is his old
english feend or dest-inctions and
vulgate bulging god of eyes

fat hen and vulgate fortune
a loved toy church fathers
and vulgate for purposes of deuil

christian greek daimonion in hellcniht
literally hellcniht literally hellcniht literally
hellcniht hellcniht hell hell hell literally hell

of poets’ come
though it’s where
that must be he

the disclosure of poetry
is rightly said to be
the disclosure of poets

though it’s there where
that he must be
an exaggeration

to maintain that he must be
he a disclosure put to
shame by the daimonion

though it’s why poets come
it’s an exaggeration i guess
to say poets come from shame

john hepburn is dead
force of white dying
a gay brother the seafarer

and during sodomy
the street coterie is known
the sex violent and convicted

as for sodomy who turns
who operates a seafarer
unruly offensive drummer boy

a business opportunity
provided by the reverend
sinister society anti-oedipus

the most sinister priest-manipulators
psychoanalysis as unanswerable
pilloried analysts in capitalist disorder

daimonion demonstrations
widely regarded as unanswerable
pilloried writers thinkers motorcycle

repairmen unanswerable and indicted
psychoanalysis as capitalist disorder
analysis pilloried and then indicted

an oiled lacanian camp in paris
literary critics pilloried become
unanswerable almost sinister

the priest-manifold tripartite thing
commissioned to be an american
academic and imaginary pleasure

chosen to embody the aesthetics
of a garbage dump he was himself
an era of absurdity in january

his photographs inspired
the british to subject germans
to vulgata aesthetics ad copy

daimonion burning pleasant 



  • “Demon.” Online Etymology Dictionary. 2001. Web. 7 July 2016.
  • “Lacanianism.” Wikipedia. N.p.: Wikimedia Foundation, 6 Apr. 2016. Web. 7 July 2016.
  • Miłosz, Czesław. Ars Poetica? 1988. Web. 7 July 2016.
  • Miłosz, Czesław. The Witness of Poetry. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1983. Print. Page 16.
  • “Slavoj Žižek.” Wikipedia. N.p.: Wikimedia Foundation, 4 July 2016. Web. 7 July 2016.
  • “Vere street coterie.” Wikipedia. N.p.: Wikimedia Foundation, 9 Jan. 2016. Web. 7 July 2016.

Wikipedia Poem, No. 244


“Many people feel threatened by exclusion[.]” Ben Lerner

          work with poetry
less denotes 
an assumption 
          associated with this way from 
this and that and intuit 
social differences—manage this 
manage that do what 
is true for everyone or for no one or for everyone 
but I think really disappoint them
         their demand social poetry 
    gets you 
          internal expectation 
      could do to eradicate difference—
poems achieve 
      really disappoint 
  don't say good poems 
          is true 
      for everyone 
         or for no one but 
this is true for everyone or 
everyone or for everyone or for everyone or 
  forget everyone or 
predict nothing 
in the second person


Source: Clune, Michael. The hatred of poetry: An interview with Ben Lerner. The Paris Review, 30 June 2016. Web. 2 July 2016.

Wikipedia Poem, No. 232


“The effort to obtain an intelligible account of central reality is the effort that informs my dreams for poetry. I aspire not to be an obscure writer, nor to be, as it were, the blinded son, but in fact, to find some congruence between thr profoundest implications of voice, on the one hand, and the mortal clarity, on the other.” Allen Grossman


a unifying intersection
the poet adds his sight
remembers the long line

of memories rare poetry
is a musical achievement
poetry of prose the book

of another writer
writes his vocation
into existence

the poet then like a fine
wined philosopher will fill
his mind unlaboredly

one represents apparent statements
by the capacity of the wild world of
the creatureliness of the reader

serve as poet and achieve
bravery through the impossible
bomb a harvard with engagement



  • “Allen Grossman.” Poetry Foundation. n.d. Web. 19 June 2016.
  • Grossman, Allen R, Mark Halliday, Allen R. Grossman, and Allen R. Grossman. The Sighted Singer: Two Works on Poetry for Readers and Writers. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992. Page 97. Print.

Wikipedia Poem, No. 207



years tardif se faire
le sens du dernier
a buzz of gone gods

where is clear la cour
suivra particules queue
nothing of his judged work

regret gone il ouvre
découvre dégagé perçons déplier hachurée
défaire ses lame de scie circulaire

he is briefly an extrovert
an island in the scope
exposed lattice work

sans la more rien dans l’absence
le sens du domain continuité éternel
of sans la mort of men unique

the author is here
his old age his body
rien est contemporain


Source: Betty, Louis. “The Poetics of Despair: A reading of Michel Houellebecq’s configuration du dernier rivage.” ANOBIUM, 5 Oct. 2013. Web. 25 May 2016.

Wikipedia Poem, No. 120


Negative Reaction, Joseph M. Gerace, 62 x 35 in., 2015


“When mirth reigns throughout the town, and feasters about the house, sitting in order, listen to a minstrel; when the tables beside them are laden with bread and meat, and a wine-bearer draws sweet drink from the mixing-bowl and fills the cups: this I think in my heart to be most delightsome.” Homer

Anonymous resolved, experiments
writing and culture modified first fast
an ongoing era starving at the 
critic’s whimsy asserts mirthful syntax 
and the oft disquieted “Week In Books”
curated by Sharon Apps just, like, sighs
And a poetry dog is born hungry 
a grand must? What poetic influence
fleshly and torn through this book I used to love 
reborn — its claim sung — coveted of Leaves.

Night Arching Womb


Neutral Reaction, Joseph M. Gerace, 65 x 36 in., 2015

Chuck Close
look down down down
a second simply layer
Murphy Oil Soap
at reality masterfully 
aftermarket wheels
a precise daub of Reynolds Wrap
works on John
a vaseline claw 1992
grasps a brush impossibly
spring clamp reference 
stone triangles — first feathers 
& then — god
no art without
stone god the palette, 
the scale, the carousel
counteroffensive rather
than approaching his point
from a theoretical perspective —

Now, here, upon the Donald Trump
of night arching, arching, gray then black
with phallic observations, a widening womb
tribal almost organic as in seeing 
for the first time a psychedelic intoxicant
metadata: the hand that colossal wreck, bound them.