Wikipedia Poem, No. 383

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“In our period they say there is free speech. / They say there is no penalty for poets, / There is no penalty for writing poems. / They say this. This is the penalty.” Muriel Rukeyser, 1968

ONE

incense-perfumed ritual   a staple of evil it traffics 
in 
    awe which is a closely related emotion 
          to terror stories 
         it wrestles 
         with me 
  the same mystic horror story it wrestles with its richness of 
exorcists 
of symbols and incense-perfumed ritual 
       a staple of 
evil it 
wrestles with 
the same material for 
    horrored epochs it 
wrestles with 
     the 
same the most mysterial horror catholicism 
      its richness of evil traffics in awe 
        which is 
a closely related 
emotion right up through a fox’s 
     current 
terror stories it 
         wrestles with the terrible iteration

TWO

     like the young pope beginning on friday 
          and showing 
on sunday and showing 
         on 
sunday 
         and showing sunday 
and showing 
   sunday and 
showing 
on 
sunday and showing on 
sunday 
    and showing sunday and 
        showing on 
sunday on sundays and 
      showing on sundays 
  and

THREE

   little-respected american the 
church 
conservatives and a bridge 
between 
church conservatives 
and 
a bridge 
between 
  establishment 
        led by the 
          orange vatican the church establishment led 
by the name 
pius 
florida hopes 
      he will be a telegenic puppet and a bridge 
between 
    church 
conservatives and a 
bridge between 
          church 
        establishment led by the name 
              hopes he will be 
a telegenic puppet and 
    a bridge between church establishment and conservatives and a bridge 
         between establishments

FOUR

law is but his 
belief turnt out 
an unlucky 
number 
      the new pop-culture literate he’s hooked 
     on cherry coke zero he’s hooked 
      on 
   cherry coke 
zero he’s hooked on cherry coke zero he — well he’s 
     hooked on cherry coke zero he’s hooked 
          on cherry 
coke zero he’s 
     the president now 
   is 
        superficially novel: he’s 
        hooked on cherry coke zero 
he’s hooked 
      on cherry coke zero he’s hooked on cherry coke 
       zero he’s hooked on cherry coke zero he’s 
     hooked on cherry coke zero he’s hooked on cherry 
coke zero he’s hooked on cherry coke zero he’s hooked on 
      cherry coke zero he’s hooked on 
cherry coke zero he’s hooked up

FIVE

  now meet 
people where the 
faithful compromise lays 
faithful 
   compromise 
that the 
faithful compromise 
that they are but a bridge 
but without compromise that the faithful compromise 
   that they are but a 
bridge but a bridge but a bridge but withdrawal bridge but with a drawbridge 
          but 
without drawing too sharp a point and he’s pulling 
          himself 
   up not to meet the people 
the faithful compromise 
that they 
are but withdrawn and ecumenicism     lit af
       it must not meet people where 
         the faithful lay
compromise is that they are 
        but a bridge but a bridge 
but drawbridge but drawbridge 
but withdrawn and 
ecumenical; 
he must not 
a bridge be

SIX

break the seal oh confessor spurning 
      the nun who raised him sees an orphan 
is an 
        orphan 
          as an 
       orphan 
is 
        an orphan 
   as 
a 
tyrant he has 
an orphan is an orphan 
eats 
a 
         tyrant has an orphan in his eye
   he 
has an 
orphan's offal 
         as a tired tyrant 
      as an opal 
as an orphan 
as confessor spurning 
        the 
seal of esuli, rifugiati e sfollati de mezzo america 
the curia’s influence he’s a 
       tyrant he has an orphan    priest confess

SEVEN

only god says you have a terrifying 
crowd in st peter’s 
         square hope 
for 
a terrifying will 
never be close to 
       one’s 
fellow man 
forget man forget man forget man 
forget man 
      forget man forget man forget man forget man 
  forget man 
      forget 
man 
forget man forget 
        man forget man 
         forget man forget man 
   forget 
man forget 
man forget 
man 
forget man 
forget man forget man forget 
man forget 
  man forget 
     man forget man forget man forget man forget man forget 
man 
   forget 
    man forget 
man forget man 
    forget 
  man forget man forget man forget man 
forget me

EIGHT

only as a furious shadow on the 
balcony shoot video for dramatic
maneuverings 
         church maneuverings 
      church movements and 
appear 
only as a 
      furious shadow on a balcony 
which elevated social media platform 
         a 
   visual 
maximalist         explore 
the 
drama 
of finding god through 
         isolation
church maneuverings
church movements 
appear only as a furious 
    shadow on 
     a balcony

NINE

     disjointed art-house vacation 
this moment that’s what the 
young pope 
is 
     but 
it’s 
what the 
young pope is 
but what is the young 
pope but 
      a pulpy and disjointed art-house 
       vatican of pulp and joint  
it’s what the young 
          pope is

TEN

it’s weakest the closer it sticks 
set 
pieces it's
weakest the closer it stands set pieces it’s 
weakest 
the closer it sticks 
      to 
its narrative intrigue 
narrative church impresa 
         with histrionics and 
      mustache-twirling and 
bombastic weakness
        the closer it 
       sticks to its narrative weakness 
       it sets its weakest pieces beside its epic 
      histrionics grown like a mustache

ELEVEN

young pope — he 
actually 
    calls himself that — 
i am the young pope 
       — 
i actually call 
myself that 
— 
    i 
put no 
stock in ether 
drafted to seduce 
a jealous meteor 
there’s an absurd 
       subplot in which     this
italianate conscientiousness actually calls 
       law stand with me in the puddle
as 
christ the vernacular 
      is lowered and i know it 
    sounds insane 
     if not 
blasphemous but it’s sacred and appallingly weird 
this
kind of 
  holy 
anger 
our eyes 
cycling 
cold lightning an abandoned child an orphan an opal a tyrant         faith 
a kind of misanthropy no one loves 
which is why i’m prepared for 
everyone

Wikipedia Poem, No. 366

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“that / Strange and not unwonderful feeling, I have experienced this, this light, these trees, these birds, heard the very / Words you are saying, before, or, it all clicks into place and I know what you are about to say: ‘Please / Stop picking your nose'” James Schuyler

   munity of sabers
      a dot along a 
     busy drug-smuggling 
       out-way 
     he said they’re 
      pushing 
corridors 
          into southern arizona the remote community 
of sabers a dot along a 
   busy drug-smuggling out-way
he said 
  they’re 
          punishing 
corridors 
in a southern army soldier asked one 
    meridian rich weekend afternoon

     label 
it a militia and 
   scoff at them armed patrolling 
   the notion of others 
label 
      it 
a 
      militia and scoff at the notion 
  others label it 
      a militia 
and 
    scoff 
        at the housing 
   the housing the meridian rich  
construction but others rattle sabers on his hips
         the housing 
then sudden united startle

  led by 
its leash those were his dog 
        a 
   pitbull 
   named rocko 
by its 
  leash those 
    were his 
         dog a pitbull named 
    rocko by 
          its leash those 
   were his 
portable radio 
   had 
         intercepted 
      a 
40-caliber pistol and 
    and 
     scrambled communications his two 
       weapons his portable 
radio had 
intercepted he 
held a 
40-caliber 
pistol in hand and 
          and 
          and and and and and

Wikipedia Poem, No. 255

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“Elmina was Auschwitz.” Frederick Seidel

 

carrion she depends on charity
tossing love from the third century
braced below by remains clarity

skeletal american military air
base arms force her forward
heart unsuccessfully toward

the hungry police at river edge coup
shed night like a shroud upend
martial chaos and circle overhead

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Wikipedia Poem, No. 122

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“If we bear in mind the fact that tendentious jokes are so highly suitable for attacks on the great, the dignified and the mighty, who are protected by internal inhibitions and external circumstances from direct disparagement, we shall be obliged to take a special view of certain groups of jokes which seem to be concerned with inferior and powerless people.” Sigmund Freud

ONE

of metaphors linked idea of thot 
it be a task beyond political valuation 
Our values old insisted from 

those talent the not meaning torturers must have
disinterpreter To place a task beyond 
political values old insistently 

thinking of our society would death 
This was akin to who sees are 
that connected from those

of Susan Sontag he likes  
the conjunction akin to know better 
But it does not political philosophy in a chain 

when a chain knows betrayal it 
is usually a student as a peccadillo 
or a Writics’ Circle Award 

and accuratextual dignity of human 
unfree society would have its disinterpreter

TWO

and in an ideal plan some might 
He gave, appeared, I said different 
from being Harper’s anecdote violates 

the devoted god within horrified cheerleaders 
including that I find a book slighteous, righteous
a Berlin Prize for years including the devoted god’s 

with friends Oh you’re a heading that way 
reads of power of whether people’s right 
argued must confess for skywriting recalls 

Pizza Preacher fixed broken could pay two dollars 
halves of teachers should be Ezra Pound 
the first economically enjoyed with friends

Oh you could looking for class boys 
then I explained Christinction


Sources: 

Galchen, Rivka, and Benjamin Moser. “Are There Any Unforgivable Sins in Literature?” Sunday Book Review
The New York Times, 12 Jan. 2016. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.

Freud, Sigmund. Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious. Ed. James Strachey. Mass Market Paperback ed. 
New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1905. Print.

Mary Karr

Detail of Alex Katz, The Red Smile, 1963, oil on canvas, Whitney Museum

Detail: Alex Katz, The Red Smile, 1963, oil on canvas, Whitney Museum. Photo: Joseph M. Gerace

Assail self-portrait in U.S. letters 
today—an invention of his seductive voice
this zippo and his seductive voice 
is influence is influential 
is inflated enough to take a smart guy
immensely charming most celebrated 
and unclothed enough to take it
he’s a smart guy with a genius ear for music

In America’s besotted unclothed empire 
anybody else’s brilliant poison 
with a genius ear for clothes 
John Ashbery’s reputation is this
polis is zippo and its reproductive voice is an essay 
on U.S. letters today—an invention of his pure, convex seduction:

you can’t comprehend? Neither cant of his seductive voice 
comprehend? Neither the most poisonous emperor
can’t comprehend? influence is influence is inflated cloth
Neither can’t comprehend? A brilliant, modest guy
Neither a convex mirror, then enough to take it. He’s a 
can’t comprehend? Neither can’t comprehend? Neither 
can’t comprehend? Neither, in my besotted youth, I wrote a turd.

Source: “Mary Karr: By The Book.” New York Times 24 Oct. 2015. Web.

Wikipedia Poem, No. 85

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“land” said 
   the FBI 
      in 
a researched prose imposal 

       The 
government spy and 
the government law enforcements Act
show

the 
latest
foreign 
         Interests 
work-ago structures which allowed in three years agains 

malicitly as 
necessary 
       and due to the 
          including 

some 
chatter
the Senate 
         over-meant protocol procedures and sever abroad 

imposed leave insta-enforce
   further disclosures from Justice 
         on 
      unrelated curiosities
 
        according to legal standards 
you are not the government gather 
attacks targets agency go back  
be surveillance 

structures pull in 
    unperceived guidance
priority traffic law sought public
query a response to shielded Americans

change
        The targets But informer send terrorist
      authorities chatter
begin hostile cross-border authority
 
Tractor Gen. Agence
not mean structure and weighing the 
scholar report 
note conversity

		attack.

Source: Savage, Charlie, et al. “Hunting for Hackers, N.S.A. Secretly Expands Internet Spying at U.S. Border.” New York Times. 5 June 2015.

Wikipedia Poem, No. 84

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“Her job was to set the house in order.” Raymond Carver

Carver  
calm soda 
     and 
     chasing 
      to 
drink 
 50 year

blue-collections as critic
His 
fame 
  too wears 
      the luckiest 
          resortmen
 
        not having admirably come 
native writing
chronology 
of 
loneliness 

news of 
love “We Talk” limply in 
          a New York Time 
  of Review that 
        a poet a poetry is from the critical stomachs an envelope 
         with 
      two 

warm works in vitality of short starts 
  the fall of 
   poetry, waitress, so he 
        me to havoc in 
     a string of stories 
of Gabriel . . . . . . 
. . . 
        . . 
       . . 
        . . . 
  . . 
         . 
    . 

       the 
technique. 

So 
he 
  managed 
to Or 
his parents’ bed 
     a Nation of 
          still milkshakes artful but 
  sold 
Molly 
children collect

one aware 
touch 
of 
          a lifelong 
movie 

a collection of 
      story and Molly before 
       sitting book Reviews of 
      lung clasped offal and “felt-in” 
warm world 
where he wrote

      He backs 
         a vocabulary 
   stable with unspoiled with 
      whom he  
    betrayals but 
     remembrance

a story of 
        last looking too weary far 
    for

Sources: “The Poetry of Raymond Carver Makes a Leap to E-Books” New York Times, ret. 5/27/2015; “Raymond Carver 1938-1988” Poetry Foundation, ret. 5/27/2015; “Still Looking Out for Number One” by Raymond Carver, All of Us: The Collected Works of Raymond Carver; “A Tall Order” Raymond Carver,  Poetry Magazine, June 1986.

Wikipedia Poem, No. 83

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“I don’t want a back door. I want a front door. And I want the front door to have multiple locks. Big locks.” Adm. Michael S. Rogers, NSA director

   he weeps, 
so did the House big with Shell the 
      pinnacle of range


    wanted 
          follows virtually 
     to tropical 
results title 


six-second 
         statutory 
     budgets flip the beast wild 
tigers against the Galaxy


for moneybees expanding authors 
       blocking togenarian-minute bonds the sun is 


shift from privacy
     and change of 
         cleaver 
to each authority came & added: We bees weepy
legislation See 
that was mean 


 MOST INNOVATIVE 
     COMPANIES
          IN LATIN AMERICA


finds to 
        trying their/its
      House 
cool the close clean 
came at 
     chaos 


   (and all minor 
          creation 


“We 
beast
 Make the cleaver
issued
quickly 
    a content incubator 
be.”

Sources: “Inferno“, Dante Alighieri (1317), trans. Robert Pinsky (1995); “Congress Pursues Deal on Phone Data Collection in Rare Talks During Recess,” New York Times, ret. 5/26/2015; “The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Advertising/Marketing,” Fast Company, ret. 5/26/2015; “Michael S. Rogers,” Wikipedia, ret. 5/26/2015; “As encryption spreads, U.S. grapples with clash between privacy, security,” Washington Post, ret. 5/26/2015

Wikipedia Poem, No. 72

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          to 
      protein contingent we halting giddy
      members are 
the Tanwars,” 
he 
added the 
    door 

         since their 
co-work 
          are put 
        undead to the 
    door 
   and 
gallowed  
crime increases, our business is that 
      a decade 
         ago colored.

The music. “We are members of 
      dried 
consisting 
      women 
with 
   a circulating 
woman,” Mr. Tanwar — 
    known dusty 
lands. As an iron cloth, but in part of their village’s field of his 
    hand for strongmen with 
 clubs, who open the preventatives obscurity 
         vehicle dwelled Storm Group, plaque-sting 
city, on they 
        were not leave the 
Wrestling
Source: "Old India’s Village of Warriors Becomes Birthplace of Bouncers" New York Times, 2015-02-21, Retrieved 2015-05-14