Wikipedia Poem, No. 513


“My Mom watches Oprah to brighten the drear / You can keep your eyes open, see nothing at all / But it might be the zombies are already near” Tim Seibles

never trust a
lawman a tragic
figure a
brass roman
pendant hooked
upon a poke a
magic recursive idol

this brass poet oinked by
the academy of american
pedants click here to sniff at other
from poets
click here to hang

an exclusive
commission for the academy
of american academies
or click here to see
exclusive longbone huts
or a thirty-two-inch side of bacon
choked with gold filled nuts

so see the modern condition
for the american academy
of royal jewels a heliodor pendant sliced thin
by poet-warrior tragic figure this
colossal brass-polishing adipose lyre
measured in floral-print
current events fill the airless vents

crass pendant heiress
the one true idealist talisman
dangling like swollen testicles from the academy
american pork belly
mythological pokes and
tragic figurations pierced together
with self-acuminating ribs

“Whatever the color and condition of things, open your eyes.”


Below is Robert Hass’s version of Aijaz Ahmad’s literal translation of a Ghalib ghazal:

The happiness of a drop of water is to die into a river.
When pain is unbearable, pain becomes the medicine.

We are so weak our tears become a mild sighing.
Now we really believe that water can turn into air.

When the spring sky clears after a heavy rain,
It’s as if it had wept itself to death.

So that you may begin to understand the miracle of the wind,
Notice the mirror becoming green in the spring.

Ghalib, the rose wants to be looked at.
Whatever the color and condition of things, open your eyes.


Source: Hass, Robert. A Little Book on Form: An Exploration into the Formal Imagination of Poetry. , 2017. eBook.

Wikipedia Poem, No. 174



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brings there an aroma learns some

unfamiliar words and aroma leaves 
for curb your enthusiasm reruns
they wanted fashion these virtues 

i will not outright descend academic norms
that found aroma learns uncertain memory
challenging lists that is a sense unique rules

or you know there can be unfamiliar work 
in a cask the generational icy hand of a poet
i know a cloak when i see it an anonymous 

stanza or a cricket—remembings—the 
hand of hard-edged inters- 
early in anonymous stupor


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Source: Pinsky, Robert. Singing School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by Studying with the Masters. 2014. Print.