“Fights about artistic tastes are nearly always about submerged social hostilities”

Wikipedia Poem, No. 685

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the past year had declined by 45 percent 
between 2002 and 2012   the most beautiful 
and common weed in the world     down 
to 6.7 percent of the 
population endowment for the survey of arts 
participation   the most beautiful and common 
weed in the world     
      released in 2015   the most beautiful 
and common weed     found that 
the number of americans who had read at least 
one poem in the past year 
had declined by 45 percent of 
the population released in 2015   the most 
beautiful and common weed in the world     found 
that the number of americans who had read at 
least one poem in the past 
    year had declined by 45 percent of the 
population released in 2015   the most beautiful 
and common weed in the world     found that 
the number of americans who had read at least 
one poem in the past year had declined by 45 
percent 
between 2002 and 2012   the most beautiful and 
common 
weed in the world     down 
to 6.7 percent between 2002 and 2012   the most 
beautiful 
and common weed in the world     
down to 6.7 percent between 2002 and 2012   
the most 
beautiful and common weed in the world     
6.7 percent of the 
population endowment for 
the arts survey of arts participation   the most 
beautiful 
and common weed in the world     
released in 2015  
 the most beautiful and common weed in the 
world     
found 
that the number of americans who had read 
at least one poem in the past year had declined 
by 45 percent 
between 2002 and 2012   the most beautiful and 
common weed in the world     down to 
6.7 percent between     the most 
beautiful and common weed in the world     down 
to 6.7 percent between 2002 and 
2012   the most beautiful and common weed 
in the world     
down to 
6.7 percent of the population
       in 
2015   the most beautiful and common weed 
found that the 
number of americans who had read 
at least one poem in the past year had 
declined by 45 percent between 2002 and 
2012   the most beautiful and common 
american who had read at 
    least one poem in the past year had declined 
the most beautiful and common weed in the world     
down to 6.7 percent of the population endowment 
for the arts survey of arts participation   the most 
beautiful and common weed in the world     
released in 2015   found 
that the number of americans who had 
read at least one poem in the past year 
      had declined by 45 
percent of the population believed 
   the most beautiful and common weed 
in the world     that numbers 
americans at least 
once 
in the past year between 2002 and 2012   
the most beautiful and common weed in the world     
down to some percent between some years
and some worlds     down to 
the most beautiful 
and common 
weed in our 
fathered world

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Source: Wilson, Carl. “Why Rupi Kaur and Her Peers Are the Most Popular Poets in the World.” The New York Times, The New York Times Company, 15 Dec. 2017, www.nytimes.com/2017/12/15/books/review/rupi-kaur-instapoets.html.

Portrait of Marx (2017)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 639

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work   thee must educate oneself     
of what skills in her craft       make 
a     streetcar named authority   oh
who made this sweatshirt sweetie

three rhetorical questions then
how          must she educate herself
of what a woman directs
how must she educate her people       and
which woman disemboweled aphorism   why

give education to balmy breath
of what         a woman must be 
educated     herself       or burn rubber

a cauldron who breathes deep must           
educate herself    of what women
landmark their assembly   who
fed these grapes which will us again

one last rhetorical question then
how indomitable      to enforce 
authority or     on a mantle 
a small golden rhetoric   quiver

 

“I’m expecting to see a new Hiroshima.”

Wikipedia Poem, No. 626

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“Two monster snakes in bristling steely sheen / Did guileful Hera send in bitter hate / Upon the babes their maw to satiate.” Theocritus (trans. James Henry Hallard, 1894)

                 said he 
  was eager to get home but bracing 
himself for what he might see       ill be lucky

  
              celebrations 
had already begun in 
       raqqa    
      still          led forces said on tuesday


rivals 
like 
kurds and arabs in both iraq        
 celebrations had already begun in raqqa      
          office


all fighting         
           declared a caliphate      declared a caliphate  
       i     
    declare a caliphate


      led forces said he 
was 
     eager to get home but bracing himself for what he might see 


               led airstrikes that they had taken all fighters were 
clear        
said on tuesday

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Source: Barnard, Anne. “U.S.-Backed Forces Capture Raqqa From ISIS.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 17 Oct. 2017, www.nytimes.com/2017/10/17/world/middleeast/isis-syria-raqqa.html.

Impossible Tercets as Exaggerated Reality

Wikipedia Poem, No. 624

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aiming
to avoid those threats dr strauss said
adding

to be livable over the
next two decades
settle increasingly feeling to avoid those threats dr strauss said

adding to avoid those threats
others to escape
that any cities where some within the effects of climate the

effects of the effects
some within the climate
the

brunt of the climate central an independent
nonprofit
research collabor

that any cities mitigate change within the
effects
at climate change

within the
climate impacts of
t

collaboration could
settle in the heat
dr strauss said adding

to
avoid those threats
dr strauss

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Source: Bromwich, Jonah Engel. “Where can you escape the harshest effects of climate change?” The New York Times, The New York Times, 20 Oct. 2016. 

Think Deeply: Read This

Adam Etinson in The New York Times takes a fascinating look in the social-mirror at the 20-year-old John Stuart Mill’s crippling crisis of purpose:

“There is something comical about Mill’s self-implosion; it’s as if he had spent years looking forward to a sailing trip only to suddenly realize, upon embarkation, that he hated boats.

“It is also strangely relatable. We have all lost faith in a deeply held project at one time or another. And, politically, we are in an age of upheaval; faith in old ideals seems to be dying out, creating a vacuum. Perhaps we can learn something about ourselves, and our political moment, by peering into Mill’s own crisis of faith.”

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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