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
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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. 

marcus wicker and parmenides split a fifth and an order of pork fried rice and search for not-being in my spam folder

Wikipedia Poem, No. 593

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boys' chains on every side 
and exceedingly so
those sides our director 
of emails regards this as 
full payment    you're entitled

to your opinion     me irl
carried rn me      carried 
   me carried fwiw me me me   carried jk

any shadows' successes    
but the boys' especially   further held   as possession
as regards to you and your mind 
filtering light through quick low clouds 

    undiscerning here should have drawn its place to thing 
         here 
          should 
    have drawn 
its place 
         of men deaf of 

office hours 
the filter   power 
così così
through the wet black ink bureau 
file my will    somehow
on our   niggling wetness makes it appear   darker   somehow crammed

       anniversary 
          arise of placed thing 
eyes who preserve 
   first 
but justice keeps it 
lie from the same from thee 
for feeling under

time file our   hours' lord
the transfer 
office hours 
of you   
corrupt governor 
build     
it then lie 

from these male things 
swung by me   along to be the carried thing me carried 
     me carried me   far
         
file our will 
as director emails on 
our payment   
file the will    inform 
your corrupt government 
build again   wet   charm carapace

 

In Defense of Dreams

Wikipedia Poem, No. 589

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“What’s funny is you think I can stop praying. / That you think I take existence — blown dandelion / across a philtrum — lightly, as irresponsible / birdsong.” Marcus Wicker

before he begins phasing out its program that     shields young
undocument before he begins phasing congress to the obama-era 
protection  calling it an end to the era that shields young 
undocument before      he       begins phasing out its protection            
calling it an         “amnesty-first     approach” and urging          it an 
“amnesty-first approach” and urging         it an “amnesty-first approach”       
and urging       its end    the era      shield our young       
undocumented immigrants from deportations in six           months ailing it 
an end to pass a replacement before          he      begins phasing out its 
protections in six   months 

young adults brought to remain without fear of           the country and 
gives them the united states     illegally e   five-year-old policy allows     
them          to work legally  the   800,000 young adults brought   to them 
removal from the country and gives the country and gives the country and 
gives the          country and gives them         to work legally e five-year-olds 
policy allows them to work legally e five-year-old policy allows them       
the country and gives the united         states illegally old policy allows 
them to the united states illegally as children who qualify for them to 
remain without fear of       immediate r

americans usurping down        wages anti-activists       
arguing their jobs and pushing that those in their       jobs and pushing   
that the country illegally are lawbreakers who hurt native-born americans 
by usurping the change at the aggrieved language of anti- 
activists  arguing that the country illegally are     lawbreakers who 
announced the country illegally are lawbreakers who hurt native-born 
americans by           usurping         the     country       illegally are         
lawbreakers who      hurt native-born americans by usurping that       their 
jobs and pushing           our-change at those       in change at those in 
our       country

Under the Raft of the Medusa

Wikipedia Poem, No. 584

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outside of yourself  individuals who most embodied cover 
with dressings and bandages represented  policies 
that will make fredonia squeal again have been internally counternally 
removed 

or undermined in recent months  individuals who 
  most embodied cover with dressings and bandages represented 
individuals who most embodied cover with dressings and bandages represented
  individuals who most embodied cover with dressings and bandages 

the accountant 
is a god-man

represented  individuals who most embodied
cover with dressings and bandages represented  individuals who 
most embodied cover with dressings and bandages 
represented  individuals who most embodied cover with dressings 

represented  individuals who 
most embodied 
     cover with dressings and bandages represented  policies that will 
make fredonia squeal again have been 

the sailor 
is a sea-man

internally counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally 
counternally removed or undermined in recent months most embodied 
cover with dressings and bandages represented  individuals who most 
embodied cover with bandages 

wild ekphrasis yes but 
also me drowning my effigy

represented  individuals who who whooo
most embodied cover with dressings and bandages represented policies that 
made fredonia squeal again have 
been internally counternally counternally counternally 

words become hypotonic
when they move this quickly

counternally removed systematically counternally counternally counternally 
counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally removed 
systematically counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally 
counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally 

counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally 
counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally 
      counternally removed 
  systematically counternally removed systematically removed 

me as perfect 
american consumer

    systematically counternally counternally removed systematically counternally 
counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally 
counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally 
counternally removed systematically counternally counternally counternally 

near bursting

counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally counternally 
counternally countered systematically counternally counternally counternally 
counternally counternally 
     counternally removed systematically 

do i 
survive

          removed systematically counternally removed or undermined 
in recent months counternally counternally 
     counternally counternally counternally counternally removed systematically 
counternally removed systematically counternally countered systematically 

counternally removed 
          systematically counternally 
counternally 
        counternally

To Think and Choose in America Now

Wikipedia Poem, No. 576

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“What can I do to myself? Bones / and dusty skin. Heavy eyes twisted / between the adequate thighs of all / humanity (a little h), strumming my head / for a living. Bankrupt utopia sez tell me / no utopias. I will not listen. (Except the raw wind / makes the hero’s eyes close, and the tears that come out / are real.” Amiri Baraka, 1964

downtown
mall kill 32-year-old woman some thirty
four others injured fights date over bloodiest fights

date over
bloodiest
city’s choice

remove
statue robert e lee nationalists no plan
demolition

nineteen rally city’s choice remove
statue robert
e lee

nationalists no plan
demolition nineteen
rally city’s choice remove statue robert e lee

nationalists no plan
demolition nineteen rally
city’s

choice remove
statue robert e
lee nationalists no plan

demolition
nineteen rally city’s
choice remove statue robert e lee nationalists no

plan
demolition nineteen rally city’s
choice remove

statue
robert e
lee

nationalists no
plan demolition nineteen rally city’s
choice remove statue robert e lee nationalists no

plan
demolition nineteen
rally city’s

choice
remove
statue robert

e lee nationalists
no
plan demolition

nineteen rally city’s choice remove statue robert e
lee nationalists no plan demolition nineteen rally
city’s choice remove statue robert

e lee
nationalists no
plan demolition

nineteen
rally city’s downtown mall kill 32-year-old woman
some

thirty
four others
injuredition nineteen rally

city’s choice
remove statue robert e lee
nationalists no plan demolition nineteen rally

city’s downtown mall
kill 32-year-old
woman some

thirty four
others
injuredition nineteen rally city’s choice remove

statue robert e lee nationalists no plan demolition
nineteen rally city’s downtown mall kill
32-year-old woman some

thirty four others injuredoice
remove
statue robert e lee nationalists no plan

demolition nineteen rally city’s choice
remove statue robert e
lee

nationalists
no plan demolition nineteen rally city’s choice
remove statue robert e

lee nationalists no
plan demolition nineteen rally city’s choice
remove

statue robert e
lee nationalists no plan demolition nineteen rally
city’s choice

remove statue robert e lee nationalists no plan
demolition nineteen rally city’s choice remove statue
robert

e
lee nationalists
no

plan demolition
nineteen rally city’s
choice remove statue

robert e lee nationalists no plan
demolition nineteen rally city’s choice
remove statue robert

e lee nationalists no plan
demolition nineteen rally city’s downtown mall kill
32-year-old woman some thirty four others injuredition nineteen rally

city’s choice remove
statue robert e lee
nationalists no
plan demolition nineteen rally city’s choice

remove
statue robert
e lee

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Sources: 

Stolberg, Sheryl Gay, and Brian M. Rosenthal. “State of Emergency Declared in Charlottesville After Protests Turn Violent.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 12 Aug. 2017. Web. 13 Aug. 2017.

Baraka, Amiri. “History as Process.” Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation, Dec. 1964. Web. 13 Aug. 2017.

On The Media

Warm

warm we link arms before the brawl breaks our ranks
we touch again     ineffectual   fist to ineffectual face
we are touched again to be peeled apart    sprayed 
toward sobbing   and held again in rapturous pain   do you remember
now   singing by torchlight?   do you remember the strange sounds
of which we are capable?   the moan the mutter
the laugh around campfire and when campfires tamp
and glow   and our bodies   just cool of a blister
kind and momentary   sister to sister
brother to brother   all else like a staircase rises up
or helps us descend   in time
it is a struggle   to keep cool   to fight with
one's own fire   the necessary stoke and recoil.

Writing Advice: “Eschew rationality, meaning and ‘good taste’.”

roybattyex

If you find yourself unable to write, don’t write. Play with your words.

Here’s a great unplanted seed for a writing exercise: Go to your favorite website and find an article that contains a not negligible amount of text. Highlight a paragraph and the copy it to your clipboard.

I’ll do this with you. I’m going to nytimes.com. BRB:

Sunayana Dumala tried once again to enter the worship room she and her husband, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, had created in their home for daily prayers. Mr. Kuchibhotla had built an intricate wooden shrine by hand two years ago, a small sacred edifice where they would kneel each morning. Months after his death, it became a place where she would honor him.

OK, so I have my text.

Now pick a number. (I chose 3.) Go into the text an erase every X word. It’s SORT OF an arduous task, but at least your brain is spending time with the words and their meanings and connections. Then, I’m going to get rid of all the punctuation and make every letter lowercase. BRB:

sunayana dumala once again enter the room she her husband kuchibhotla had in their for daily mr kuchibhotla built an wooden shrine hand two ago a sacred edifice they would each morning after his it became place where she honor him

Now invent a form based on numbers and letters that have significance to you. If you have tarot cards they can be helpful in this step. I’ll do that. King of Coins. That features a pentagram in this deck. Five lines per stanza. The card I’ve pulled in this deck features a self-portrait of Dali restraining a leashed leopard. There’s also a gentle, prone cow in a yellow fog blowing up and out of Dali’s head. That makes me think of a certain hunter/hunted duality. A certain predictable unevenness.

I’m going to alternate my line length 5, 10, 5, 10, 5. This kind of stuff is dumb, for sure, but it just gets your brain going.

sunayana duma
la once again enter the room she 
her husband kuchi
bhotla had in their for daily mr kuchi
bhotla built an wood 

en shrine hand two a
go a sacred edifice they would each 
morning after his 
it became place where she honor him sun
ayana duma

Now move the lines around in any way you see fit. Let go of all the rules. Do something that you don’t understand. Translate some words and phrases into Italian.

la once again enter the camera she 
bhotla had in their for quotidiano mr kuchi
go a sacro altare they would each 
it became place where onora il sole

sunayana duma
her husband kuchi
bhotla built an wood 
morning after his 
ayana duma
en shrine dare due lettere

Play with it some more. Trim off the fatty, hard-to-chew bits. Smell what the rock is cooking. Don’t question yourself. Find ways to make new phrases, invent new tastes. Create meaning where there was none. Skewer meaning where there was some. Boil down all the excess, tasteless liquid. Make the phrases economic. This is for your ears and heart only, no one else’s.

la once again enters the camera she 
had in their for quotidiano mr kuchi
a sacro altare they would each 
upon it became place onora il sole

sun burnt her enemies
just as her husband mr kuchi
built a wooden mooring 
the morning after his 
second skin graft parchment
enshrined dare due lettere

That’s it. Eschew rationality, meaning and “good taste”. Don’t worry about judgment, neither from outside nor within. The exercise is just meant to get your brain good and juicy. To force you to conceptualize in weird corners of consciousness. Make the process your own. Don’t listen to teachers. Unless they’re good teachers.

When your engine is warm and you’re ready to write that big important thing that comes from someplace personal and genuine and urgent, your mind will be nimble, flexible, willing to go where it needs to go to put heart to mouth.

Rupture, Trauma (pol-yde-cte-spe-rse-usm-edu-sax)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 488

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“To be with you in that region / Of speed and altitude where our bodies / Sail off to be kissed and changed / By light that behaves like a hand / Picking us up in one state and putting / Us down in a different one every time” Tom Clark

          time 
children    chubby forearms 
furniture nips at salvation
     to victims respectful to victims respected
 
          performance work masters last intimate it   
must record       tell must recruit       
acts of paradise       given     magnum distlllation     
 
chosen          the record tell must record tell must record tell 
must record tell  now   nips at salvations of paradise given           
magnum distlllation to victims          respectful to the                furniture 
nips at salvation      himself in terror upon fingers             
 
magnum      distlllation              
himself information of a central mind                
himself information to street consent   
 
with how the poetic nor poetic nor poem    
magnum disposition analyze performation to victims 
respectful to victims respectful to     victims respectful to victims      
respectful to victims   with      expected performance         to cover     
 
we do it all as a beast now          
information works the masters                    
magnum disposition performance work 
 
master's            magnum           distlllation to victims    respectful        
the street      consitent with expected performance work
masters last     intimate it   
musted performance          work           masters              failed low — 
 
meditation to the record tell       
now   it is ever being arrived 
process     time               tune the children for news now   
 
furniture nips at salvation to victims 
respected       with       how the     reader       
we do it because
because because because       because               
    because because because        because
    because because               because we do it because      because because because
    because because because       because because we do it    
 
because     magnum distlllation           to victims           
respected performances     to the victims   
respected       with how the            magnum victims    
 
respectful to victims to street to record 
tell must record      tell        must       record recruit       
acts       of paradise given      magnum positivity 
performance inference works the masters' last intimate musted with 
 
how the    magnum          dispositive performation      
with disposition  children chubby news now        n myths 
then     what           it is possible you
 
personal risk to victims respectful       to       victims          
respected    with       respect to victims respected how the warming
poems     what      performance work 
masters now           it is   a beast      in the rushes
 
for           the              magnum distlllation          
now            it is ever-possibly     performation       to victims      
respected with distillation arriving 
 
weapons on weapons            
nor poetic nor       poem           
polemic children's news    
the chosen news now    rushes forward

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Sources:

 

 

 

http://www.wqxr.org/story/new-music-fight-club/

 

Don’t Appear Howling

Wikipedia Poem, No. 487

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compartments no compartments than what? 
then what that sound of intense emotion 

death blowing across 
vacant valley no-lines shot across compartments 

no compartments no lines 
between valleys 

no lines between compartments 
no compartmentalizing then what? the 

sound of intense emotion is 
the sound of 

of death crawling across the valley 
of lines sounded across death 

blown across a vacant compartment 
than what then what 

the sound of intense emotional death blowing across 
a vacancy 

lines between compartments 
no lines between them then

tan man meandering 
men rather than meant