Pre-Columbian Parlor Trick

“so that it can be completely the / now” Jorie Graham

A white man stripped nude in February snow
A white man bisected and disemboweled 

A white man lowered into a boiling fin de siècle kettle
A white man, a nail gun, a scoreboard

A white man, his radius and ulna strapped 
     to the rough cut stump of a boxelder maple, anterior artery up
A white man finds a white pill on a library shelf, 821.8

A white man handcuffed to an iron rod
A white man before the firing squad

A white man passed a biblical joint laced with wormwood
A white man remembers eucalyptus, three dusty foxes 

A white man locked in a crate meant for his dog
A white man swung for sport and slammed into a brick wall

“my evil is removed/my sin is forgiven”


A pencil marked Post-it found in a lobby in Edison, N.J.

“one of the Seraphs eg
[angel] flew towards me in
his hands was a hot
coal he had taken from
the [altar] with tongs.
He touched my mouth
with it & said Look this
coal has touched your lips
your evil is removed
my evil is removed
my sin is forgiven”

Jelmin Caba”