Protest Chord for Taylor Swift

Wikipedia Poem, No. 574

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“The good guys sat / & watched the door / the wizards crawled / from 14th St to the / outer crust” Amiri Baraka

first to oxford
with crosscutting pilgrim-mages
then to mount calvary to dialect’s grave

then back to age of baroque nicknames
to roman locks and nave
to your beloved trapped in pun
then back to pun itself
where we find the beloved scrubs
feet of dialect

How to Write a Poem (Topography)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 571

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“The absence of plot leaves the reader room to think about other things. … Plots are for dead people.” David Shields

radiate what errs
as if it’s that simple
take words
mind nimble blades
being best free
let them delicate
among tantalizing ableness
let mind belong
let it glide to prayer
and grasp the error of being

Cosmopolitan Bias

Wikipedia Poem, No. 570

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“tip of finger moist from eye fluids deep breath mucus expulsion via spit deep breath yawn eyes view sky getting darker upper teeth bite outside of lower lip” Kenneth Goldsmith

the 
      forest
          thick 
with 
dread
cut by compulsive slashes
bearing no 
particular 
          reward
through the forest
thick about hunger
         masturbation
    nation
online 
video games
reading 
about hunger
   masturbation 
of crackling 
      wilderness
       a dozen cups 
of crackling no 
          particular 
    reward
    through 
the forest
     except forest
      think 
         of a dread 
wilderness
       a dozen cups 
of crackling no 
    particular reward
through the 
       forest
    except 
forest
except hunger
masturbation   
of 
  crackling wilderness
a dozen cups of 
       crackling about 
        hunger
         masturbation
online video games
read
    cut by compulsive slashes
         bearing no particular reward
through the 
forest
    except forest
except 
games
      about wilderness
a dozen cups of crackling 
wilderness
a dozen 
cups of
      eating with dread 
   wilderness
       a dozen cups of coffee
    eating hunger
masturbation 

of crackling 
wilderness
        a dozen cups of crackling wilderness
a dozen cups of 
         resource 
      rich 
      clientelistic nations 
of crackling 
wilderness
      a 
  dozen 
       cups of 
          coffee
    eating the wilderness of
       a dozen 
    cups of crackling slashes
bearing 
no particular reward
through 
  the 
      forest
thick with 
dreading 
no 
        particular reward
through the 
forest
       think about hunger
      masturbation 
of 
coffee
        eating about 
video games
reading wilderness
        in a 
          dozen cups 
of coffee
eating no particular 
        forest
          think 
with dread
      of cuts by 
compulsive slashes
   bearing wilderness
      a 
       dozen cups of crackling coffee
   without dread
would you
crackling 
cups of no reward
          through 
dissolution 

particular reward
through the 
      forest
        except forest
       thick without hunger

Jorie Graham

Wikipedia Poem, No. 535

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“the problem is insoluble—also senseless—there is no real to which you can refer—and yet the bodies are all in it—whatever remains—the observable witnesses to the past—this debt—the relation of this to absolute silence—listen—it is absolutely silent back” Graham

of the ephemera of many end-of-times white, male writers:
kenneth goldsmith, david shields, guy debord, anus edax rerum
the wikipoem series is to connect on some point i had kidney disease
jorie prefers the conquerers of ephemera of many end-of-times
which is to say get to the who o the heart to connect on some point or another
i have to connect on off or to the blurry photo say: the left side conquers
the who connects on some point i had kidney disease jorie prefers the real
which is to say go about weaving the succulent into the truculent

Ariana Reines

Wikipedia Poem, No. 530

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“I felt very human.” Ariana Reines

Driving 80 down the Turnpike, I begin typing into my iPhone:

I’m obsessed with petri curls
UV fancy s longways
Transfixed a Paver
Sears zebrawood w they do but know
What babe brand r u
Burning steel
Fine particles panicked began priests
W us Celine too

They do fast response day
Evict to satisfy Rhys speedster cat us B
Are white judges like war paint
Revved into nz taxes to pick up frenzy navigate
I have Mercedes Benz C 240 black
Is detected bet I hate the NRA

from Percival Everett in “The Art of Fiction No. 235”

Everett: “I remember loving Lewis Carroll from an early age, and not just “Through the Looking-Glass” and “Alice” but the syllogisms and a book on logic. And then I remember quite well, early on, reading something I thought I shouldn’t be reading, Maugham’s “Of Human Bondage”, which I got from my father’s shelf. I think I was nine. It was fun because I didn’t think I was supposed to read it. As I look back, I think that it’s reading, probably even more than writing, that I find important. Reading is subversive because you necessarily do it by yourself. Which is why books scare people like Donald Trump. What’s interesting to me is that the poor people who identify with Donald Trump, they think of themselves as unlucky rich people. If things had just gone differently, they would be rich, too. The system has worked against them. It’s the same reason people play the lottery. Overnight you could wake up rich, and that’s an exciting thing. What you can’t do overnight is become educated. That requires a lot of work, so that’s not a goal. It’s something to fear. But that’s exactly why I find books so important. I don’t care what people read. If they read anything, then they might read something else. I just want to participate in making a different culture. I’m thinking of that line of Walt Whitman’s—”Produce great Persons, the rest follows.” It sounds flip when you just say it, but it’s true. That’s not to say that people are bad, but I want a readership that wants to read things because the work is difficult, not because it’s only fun. I want the fun to be in figuring it out. That’s what reading is all about, and to me writing is really just an extension of reading. But there, enough of my soapbox.”

Read the entire interview in The Paris Review.

Pronoun Disaster (Saints That Maketh Their Grave)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 476

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“Bless the fever in that night / in the sixth month of my life. / Bless the fever, for it gave me sight; / it swole my brain to fit God’s gift.” Tyehimba Jess

he she                

his   saints
                  maketh are
the grave that maketh       are their themself

you he she    
his letter saints her letter saints
    and to them
they themself 

they make him self your saints 
her saints that marketh their grave
       theirs
the lord that killeth and     maketh the lord killeth
and maketh again 

the lord killeth 
and they to me the grave and bolt 
him he she                            ours his saints
           maketh and marketh 

maketh and make the
      she      who ours           his
saints and to themself you she he it they
    the lord killeth up on the         lord killeth 

maketh up she
                  he they their we us our saints 
and among them

Saffron Saffron

Wikipedia Poem, No. 454

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ONE drawn on saffron scarves
   drawn and chanted        hail lord ram!l lord ram!l lord ram!l 
lord ram!l lord ram!l lord     ram!l lord ram!l    lord ram!l lord ram!l lord ram!l 
lord ram!l        lord ram!l   lord         ram!l lord ram!l lord         ram!l lord 
ram!l lord ram!l lord        ram!l lord ram!l lord ram!l lord ram!l lord   ram!l 
lord ram!l lord ram!l lord ram!l lord ram!l lord ram!l lord ram!l lord   ram!l lord 
ram!rawn and chanted     hail lord ram!l lord         ram!l       lord         ram!l 
lord ram!l lord ram!l lor  

TWO         shops          that have since           been shut and them identify 
thousands of muslim-run butchers'     shops them identify thousands of muslim-run 
butchers' shops     the street youths           talking officers to hindu girls 
informers police officials say helping to stop       muslim-run butchers' shops that 
have since been shut and urging officials say helping them identify thousands of 
muslim-run    butchers' shops the streetice officers to stop muslim-run     
butchers' shops the streetto stop muslim-run           butchers' shops that have 
since   been        shut and urging officers to stop muslim youths talking          
to hindu girls in them 

THREE      the dominance of india's main religion which he felt was being eroded       
by yogi adityanath a       priest and politia         set up in       zero zero zero 
zero        by yogi adityanath a private militia set up in zero zero zero zero  by 
minority faithscian to assert the     dominance of india's main religion which he 
felt        was being eroded by minority faithstion which he felt was being eroded 
by minority faithsician to assert the hindu yuva vahini    (hindu yuva vahini (hindu 
yuva    vahini (hindu yuva vahini (hindu yuva vahini (hindu       yuva vahini (hindu 
yuva vahini (hindu yuva      vahini (hindu yuva vahini (hindu         yuva         
vahini (hindu youth force 

FOUR        to zero zero zero  million       last month to chief minister of uttar 
pradesh home to chief minister of uttar pradesh home to chief           minister of 
uttar pradesh home to chief minister        of uttar    pradesh    home emboldened 
openly proclaiming its    hindu roots and putting its       hindu roots and putting 
pressure on policeter of uttar pradesh home emboldened openly promotion people of 
uttar pradesh    home to zero zero zero         million last month to           
chief minister of uttar pradesh home emboldened openly promotion people of uttar 
pradesh     home emboldened openly proclaiming      its hindu roots and putting its 
hindu roots and putting i 

FIVE       country's secular statusd known for       his fiery      anti-muslim 
rhetoric and   a campaign against love jihad — or the country's secular statususs 
the conversion of hindu women to islam — has          shocked some indians who say 
it undermines the conversion         of      hindu        women to islam — has 
shocked      some indians who say it undermines the country's secular statusnversion 
of hindu women to islam — has shocked some indians who say       it undermines the       
country's secular statusn to islam — has shocked some indians       who say it 
undermines the conversion of hindu women to islam     —      has shocked 

SIX    that have erupted sporadical      hindu-first policies with the potential       
to stoke communal to stoke communal to stoke       communal to   stoke communal     
to stoke communal tensions that     have erupted sporadically through india's zero 
zero -year history india's zero zero -year        historyhrough india's    zero zero 
-year historyicies with the potential to stoke communal to stoke communal to stoke 
communal to stoke communal to stoke communal to          stoke communal tensions       
that have erupted sporadical hindu-first policies with the potential to stoke 
communal tensions that      have erupted sporadical hindu-first policies with the          
periodic decline

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Source: Jain, Rupam. “Hardline Hindu Youth Call The Shots On Streets Of Uttar Pradesh”. Reuters India. N.p., 2017. Web. 22 Apr. 2017.

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