Poem after Personals in The New York Review of Books (Soumettre à une Interrogation)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 798

soixante-dix

man seeks unattached heart 
woman seeks mature gent 
mannattached heart woman 

seek/soumettre

intellectual secure companionship 
vibrant as a travel agent 
	que vigoureux 
  	cherche femme 
	sachant que vigoureux 
	cherche femme sachant 
	la vie nous délaisser 

for relationship 
for travel 
for heat 
vibrant 
	que vigoureux chercheur 
	femme sachant que vigoureux cherche 
	femme sachant que vigoureux 
	célébrer 
	femme sachant 
	que vigoureux cherche femme 
	sachant la vie délaisser

active kind 
	avocat new yorkais 
	soixante dix 

ans eclectually cultured companionship 
vibrant as a trailer hitch 
	la male et taureau lointain éloigné
for passion companionship travel vibrant 
	que vigoureux 
	cherche la gonzesse 

la la la
	whoa whoa whoa
		la vie nous quitte

Ten Aphorisms

Wikipedia Poem, No. 774

archtextual

“Symbols seemed to be playing a large role in this whole affair.” Robert Merle

 

  • Post-home movements and the archtextual thing.
  • Whisper leisure schools each prison disables each worker.
  • And archtextual now accordingly whispers leisure schools each person they said Bruno Queysanne knows what he knows — the person is the utopia that is hard and boring.
  • But engaged with language, the pronouncement like a mouse through an assistant’s body.
  • History is this late evening.
  • As she says in her religious underweight in May 1968.
  • Upheaval but flexible; dictated by man’s whim or sabotage of the month club.
  • This mass laughter.
  • Students find art and, through an assistant in a students’ productive forces, an assistant’s feeling of injustice or sabotage the whole world in agreement once and long ago.
  • Where to, for what?

‘Magpiety’ by Czeslaw Milosz

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The same and not quite the same, I walked through oak forests
Amazed that my Muse, Mnemosyne,
Has in no way diminished my amazement.
A magpie was screeching and I said: Magpiety?
What is magpiety? I shall never achieve
A magpie heart, a hairy nostril over the beak, a flight
That always renews just when coming down,
And so I shall never comprehend magpiety.
If however magpiety does not exist
My nature does not exist either.
Who would have guessed that, centuries later,
I would invent the question of universals?

Montgeron, 1958

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Source: Miłosz, Czesław. New and Collected Poems, 1931-2001. New York, N.Y: Ecco, 2003. Print.

“Une très belle lecture dans une ambiance chaleureuse.”

Wikipedia Poem, No. 701

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dip 
unshackable 
        confidence your wife and 
will explain with unshakeable 
to your laws and 
          forms an ex

gun sales 
dip hunger use 
very nice 
     reading you 
are wrong about and will 
   explain with surging holiday gun sales

         dip 
         indifferent 
to serf your 
  fear 
une 
      très belle holiday gun sales dip 
      laws looser than
and her 
friends move on

 

Under the Raft of the Medusa

Wikipedia Poem, No. 584

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outside of yourself  individuals who most embodied cover 
with dressings and bandages represented  policies 
that will make fredonia squeal again have been internally counternally 
removed 

or undermined in recent months  individuals who 
  most embodied cover with dressings and bandages represented 
individuals who most embodied cover with dressings and bandages represented
  individuals who most embodied cover with dressings and bandages 

the accountant 
is a god-man

represented  individuals who most embodied
cover with dressings and bandages represented  individuals who 
most embodied cover with dressings and bandages 
represented  individuals who most embodied cover with dressings 

represented  individuals who 
most embodied 
     cover with dressings and bandages represented  policies that will 
make fredonia squeal again have been 

the sailor 
is a sea-man

internally counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally 
counternally removed or undermined in recent months most embodied 
cover with dressings and bandages represented  individuals who most 
embodied cover with bandages 

wild ekphrasis yes but 
also me drowning my effigy

represented  individuals who who whooo
most embodied cover with dressings and bandages represented policies that 
made fredonia squeal again have 
been internally counternally counternally counternally 

words become hypotonic
when they move this quickly

counternally removed systematically counternally counternally counternally 
counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally removed 
systematically counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally 
counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally 

counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally 
counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally 
      counternally removed 
  systematically counternally removed systematically removed 

me as perfect 
american consumer

    systematically counternally counternally removed systematically counternally 
counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally 
counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally 
counternally removed systematically counternally counternally counternally 

near bursting

counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally 
counternally countered systematically counternally counternally counternally 
counternally counternally 
     counternally removed systematically 

do i 
survive

          removed systematically counternally removed or undermined 
in recent months counternally counternally 
     counternally counternally counternally counternally removed systematically 
counternally removed systematically counternally countered systematically 

counternally removed 
          systematically counternally 
counternally 
        counternally

Free of Language, Freedom and Confidence

Wikipedia Poem, No. 583

“— I took several steps to the right, and saw / Kennedy was paper-thin,” Frank Bidart

       flow of creative shackles one purpose, but 
upon its existence 
a         machine of possibility of language man in a language making 
toward liberty,       free of language freedom and confidence 
a machine of creation 
untethethered of creation untethetic, made 
with speed and confidence 
a machine of possibility of language man in a language 
man in a language man in a language free of fairings man in a   
language free of language 
on one purpose,        but upon its existence 
a machine of creative shackles 
one imagines one imagines      one imagines one 
imagines one purpose, but 
upon existence its existence a machine of language 
man is a language man is an essence on two wheels in a language 
man of one purpose, upon existence its existence a machine of     language 
man in a language making love toward the wheel this 
is the liberty, freedom and confidence 
of language machines

Therapy (Pulling Red Thread)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 483

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   dazzle in bayonne
them i 
spot the battleship a 
brave 
   thing in me 
but 
      better in college 

baionnette
bayonne
diminutive bayon

i am a 
human who 
     sits unlike a trough 
purchased long at 
the 
      academic front leaking

a long narrow open container 
for animals 
to eat or drink 
out of

        control 
    frightens
thought

thread-eye
rarely painted red

‘Another variation of formlessness’

“Isn’t the most profound education the one that was afforded me at my childhood elementary school, the one that divides the ink sharply between thought become Letter and drive turned into splotches and blots? How will those who begin with the darkish gray on the palish gray of computer screens manage? Without the slightest inkblot? Won’t they think that thought is just another variation of formlessness, that the intellect is just a thin additional coat of gray over the gray of drive, and drive a mere stripping of the gray of the intellect?

Everything in the world is the result of a creative and careful dosing of black as it is projected onto the formidable invariability of white. Anyone who hasn’t experienced this, and sooner rather than later, will never learn anything.”

— from the essay “Chalk and Markers” in Alain Badiou’s “Black”.

Salty

Wikipedia Poem, No. 458

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“Their bodies were dragged through the streets and covered in heaps of salt to underline the point.” Sarah Bakewell

killed their bodies 
     for five earrings 
        me in the streets expensive 
      me
the streets 
        setting 
      fire 
      taking 
me
into the streets setting fire 
to warn 
worn like worms 
         to 
worn 
         tax 
collectors houses some 
attacked 
       to 
protest and soak 
  their 
      chalky white skin in heaps of rebels emblazoned 
with carved jade
        
     cabochon rubies 
and expensive days of protest 
      and soaks his chalky 
      white 
skin 
into a generally 
peasant 
uprising a few tax 
  collectors houses gone and some 
covered in 18k gold
my wrists worn 
   to protest and expensive days
of pleasant protest

x+1 of 100 (after Matisse’s Piano Lesson)

1-of-100-sm-matte

1 of 100

LEYELP
half-thinking
willfully lets go

being construct-
ed; persp-
ective—
archival

figuration of size
metronome
boy, half-finished
hung in the distance
femme au tabouret
la femme assise
candlestick
figure of woman
hands engulfed
outdoors
beyond
window flattened
a tone
leaf
white oak
inside flat gray
decisive
wrought iron

pile of
debris

bedframe
balcony rail

2 of 100

of
debris

bedframe
boy, half-thinking
willfully
let’s go

bedframe
boy
half-finished
hung
in the distance

femme au
tabouret
assise
candlestick
figuration
PLEYEL
half-finished
half-hung

in the distance
la femme