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

Superficial Missus

Wikipedia Poem, No. 494

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“at least I would like to think so” John Ashbery

aluminum ice pix
too big how exotic
your shoulders your nose
how big too exotic
in this picture you’re stock art
when is too big or how is exotic

your nose in this shot
connects to its hips
you’re using to click

the internet has something to tell you
its hip its using your lips
in the women du prix
where you shoulder your nose
in this picture they ski down for clicks
i have something to plick

i’ve got your nose
and your womanly hips
the picture’s too big

how erotic
your shoulders
so nordic
wipes their nostradamus
completely sephardic
another howling mountain épique

isn’t that funny
your body eclipses
your liberal hip sis

‘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”.

Wikipedia Poem, No. 399

bird-bath

What else are poets for?



impressionner
من 
باید به شما 
        تحت تاثیر قرار دادن
          debo impresionarte
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“The Struggles of Words”, 1928, by Pierre Reverdy

Torment wanders into the light beyond the roof. At midday, without sunlight. The walls are covered with snow, against a gray background. The eye stops and vainly seeks a better path.

They’ve rubbed away the designs that gave life to the crumbling walls. Some words raise themselves affirmatively. And the flood, too high, carries off the shore where the grass smooths the bank into well-combed hair. And while across the bluish rays turbulences whirl and slowly rise, silence falls heavily on the ground, without breaking.

— Pierre Reverdy (1889-1960), trans. Michael Benedikt

Wikipedia Poem, No. 330

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“eventually / even scorched earth goes green though beneath it // the dead might still luxuriate in their rage my ancestor / was a dervish saint” Kaveh Akbar

 

luxure obsolete
from the whistling verb
float

rather the 1660s relay
reluctance lasting and
first attested sometime around

1661 lather reluctantly wrestle
stains see related lasciviousness
lust 1520 screams obsolescence

the verb first fury related
which attests sometime
in 1660 the king burns grace

which is reluctance latin relates
60 pounds of cake perhaps shake
shares a common origin with the greek lygos

pliant twig luxurie debauchery
dissoluteness lust 12c modern french
luxurie debauchery dislocated

arm relate the 1660s relate
14c lasciviousness leathered up
in reluctant magnificence

paculum-spec2-sm

Excerpt from Kaveh Akbar’s “River of Milk” used without permission, but with unconditional love, from the Poetry Foundation.

wikipedia poem, no. 37 [study of “The Raft of the Medusa” for a larger work]

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 ONE

in the 
coast of the colony the 
        diving ceremony and 
    founding 
   survivors 1816 Méduse 
      first nights 
black bough
of inept navigation 
and one Arguin
         General Doom bank of the towering above 
  the text 
         the Britains still 
promotion received 
on 
   the 
Napoleonic Nymphe 
          forced by the colonel 
      Julien-Désiré 
Schmaltz Medusa 
the coast Africault's softening 
           146 
    men wander
helped at 
    Sea 
          by 1816 sauvage naufrage de la frigates
Hauled away 
      We've 
been frigates
      Jump up 


TWO

to be a political
   philosopher 
      
studies force converse 
define
at Sea 
by the fast of 
their 
    own fate ac-competent an aground guilt incided to fear 
Jump up 
 Bank of Oceans width and the 
text 
    day once (Die 
    Ästheticism passens d’abord)

Global master 
remaining to 
became 
     named
Balkan
Under long 
Medusa
Impressions
         in 1818 over the
Senatomic
      book part of a spring 
ceremony aboard 
archaeological 
legends
Three-tonnes


THREE

      read, 	From Bucephalus
		Through five winds
    		Discount to frigation
the modern-day Senatomic book 
semitones 
to the death there 
       based rapidly
      at 
Sea by the dangers 
       at Surabaya then reappeared
      on the edited horizon
    
the gun deck 
& 
fort in the Medusa film
          The Écho 
tows 13 days
  the first on board 
    a painting of Écho hovers above The Écho
      
        The ships 
builder		part of the portrayals 
    to deglaze and immediate 
to 
     retake 
out. Three-tonnes
to sea

      Contact 
with 
  the word