How to Raise a Premodern Family

Wikipedia Poem, No. 743


Suicide’s Remix (branch6) (work in progress) Joseph M. Gerace

                  disappear into  a  cloud  of those big slick cartoon bombs
pair me with the twin cities or cuyamungué flint or kalamazoo or
something        coal blackboard    anime avocado cowboy            
self-doubt gender cowboy hunger sound of hunger 

to the best of your recollection       how fast
was the joke? a revolution? an iphone? (there, it's just 
bored with the sick hiss, sparkling like a labor union)     and 
did he erase words one by one? 
sparkle me on the sick risk of memory

somewhere, it's january. I'm in my blue hat just asking a simple question here
                       with an iphone held over my little blue hat (there 
there, it's just    a question    about speed, about how fast a joke, a revolution, 
an iphone pairs with an iphone and then it's just a joke again, 
but a new joke something like the old joke but less like a revolutionary.) with
a pair of blue hats now, some smaller and some larger, we're 
in new york taking meetings then we're in L.A. — I drove past it once, 
says the poet — taking meetings because all the emerald 
coyotes      consider  unionizing          and their  friends  
all those big        slick cartoon  bombs    they have 
iphones now and their iphones have iphones to feed and little blue hats

Je Etsy Un Autre

Wikipedia Poem, No. 742


“You don’t need a story. The question is How long do you not need a story?” David Shields

trip  to         me           enormous plain 
country      and      fresh hewn    political mistakes  
the expat freshly hung perceives literacy  
the expert mistakes the recluse          for submission  
interlocking memories          poppies' capital        the recluse  
submits        to christmas lights  not man 
emergency radio transmission  the christmas lights       
return to simple flame he lands back in seclusion 
he beats the expert with a freshly hewn political     mistake        
the recluse  who survives his owner's engine      
vapor days   like lightning through the enormous plain's country

not many political witnesses
perceived  literacy deranged  
owner of engine  failure  
all in a day's  enormous plain            good country
mistakes      among poppy red        capital  
christmas lights    back on man-ends       
of flames of beats an emergency radio transmission  
the gun-toting       argument       broadcasts its perception        
recluse        deception         shame among poppies  
submission poppies  an     expert freshly hanged 
from perceived literacy ambition           and  witness perception           
like christmas  lights           on a boring white wall not much  
poppies beat  against the flag pole like political mistakes                 
his first trip   to the river's 

Curtainlike Rock Formations

Wikipedia Poem, No. 731


proposed before but experts say two new studies
finally give convincing evidence that’s been propos

on cave walls and use symbols the brainpower
to make artistic works and use symbols the brainpower

artwork until now most scientists thought all cave
made there’s no way homo sapiens could have mad

some disks and the new work concludes that some
disks and the outline of lines some disks at the w

into europe that’s a surprise that’s a surprise
that constitutes a surprise that’s a surprise that

said in the new work now he said in the new work
now the second study provided evidence that nean

shells some 115000 years ago which is far earlier
than similar artifacts anywhere than similar ar

of the new work neanderthals lived in a boulder
who also didn’t participate in boulders who also did

into europe from africa the research released
on determining the time h sapiens moved into eur

team of previously known artwork in three caves
in three caves in three caves in three caves in nort

artwork surfaces and analyzed them in a lab results
indicated artwork from all three were artwork s

anthropology in leipzig germany rmany ich occurred
some 45000 to 40000 to 40000 years ago

made by spewing a hand made by spewing
a stenciled outline of a hand made by spewing

hoffmann said making preparation of the hand
othere creation of the wall hoffmann said making p

randomly so they are rather than randomly so
they are rather han randomly so the authors wrote

and punctured an age of 45000 years old too young
to 50000 to 50000 to find the age of shells th

for the new work researchers analyzed rock
that isls had been found results indicated the shell

attributed to h sapiens the finding shows neanderthals
shared symbolic thinking with h sapiens

artifacts in africa or western asia than comparable
artifacts in africa or western asia that are att

overall mental ability the two species were
indicated membership in researchers wrote nobody

who did the study with hoffmann and advanced
studies in barcelona spain who did the catalan instit

he shell color and holes could have occurred if the shell
color and holes could have occurred natura

papers said he rkeley geochronology center in
the dating technique used in california an expert

show we are not they show we are not the results
of both studies to be very solid the results


Source: Ritter, Malcolm. “Science Says: European art scene began with Neanderthals.” ABC News, Associated Press, 22 Feb. 2018,

Public Broadcast Spearfishing

Wikipedia Poem, No. 729

The Tale

“At the John Weber gallery in New York, in 1972, on two separate occasions, [Hans] Haacke created a sociological study, collecting data from gallery visitors. He requested the visitors fill out a questionnaire with 20 questions ranging from their personal demographic background information to opinions on social and political issues. The results of the questionnaires were translated into pie charts and bar graphs that were presented in the gallery at a later date. They revealed, among other things, that most visitors were related in some way to the professions of art, art teaching, and museology, and most were politically liberal.” from the Wikipedia entry for Hans Haacke

“We have awaited the coming of a natural / phenomenon. Mystics and romantics, knowledgeable / workers / of the land. // But none has come. / (Repeat) / but none has come. / Will the machinegunners please step forward?” Amiri Baraka, from A Poem Some People Will Have to Understand

     yes you did o! yes 
          you did
     yes you combine that o! and this  
          yes and what a good television broadcast 

there are so many
layers of good television viewers 
because like you whale-ish legerdemain
giscard is so good on television 

     because viewers like you 
          what a good television vision viewer 
     you that giscard wolfs 
          so many loose downy fish

there are so many underwater men 
on television eroding boats a good 
television viewer like you did o! yes you 
make it visible now and for good 

     yes you make 
          good television viewers toothy
     it’s because there are so many
          like you that a good television burns with soft fur

a field at a gas pump standing animals it's a boy torturing 
loneliness it's a boy's tortured alone in a snowfall
snowfall he's got the laugh of wheat everywhere no car 
a dead brown leaf dancing animals it's a boy o!


Vibrating Boards

Wikipedia Poem, No. 726


benglis, sonia delaunay, annie beauty of terror olly found this elsewhere barbara kruger vibrating the smell over these fuckers should see my knees are itchy i wonder whose knees arrested in you mother, the smell of terror vibrating slice indented canvas with paint this elsewhere, the smell over the ice the unknown he was crying and i promise i see my knees are itchy i wonder whose knees arrested stoneyness here, the uncomposed face there barbara kruger vibrating slice indented canvas with paint this elsewhere beauty of the uncomposed face there barbara kruger vibrating boards

Hourly Labor Rate, Plus Materials


curators offer a variety of their subjective photography
the customer will have been satisfactorily abused and served
through technological advances in counting the service understands
people places approaches and circulation methods though we still
promise to never index works from information
the subjective photographs have been used to concatenate
and share xerophagiac critique since 1839
The service invents the mode of ideas, you approach them!
technologies and events communicate modern man as a means to the present day
photography menaces—though who knows?—to strive for ease-of-abstraction
serve a visually continuing world it will rain just look outside

Subject Verb Agreement with Butchered Duck


when for a brief moment it is gone
now the unremarkable house two blocks northeast
burns the average color of candycorn
and by average color you mean something simple
but technical perhaps a bit too specific. no!
you mean to say what you mean to say
this is fundamental you can see the subject out your window
out beyond all that eleven degree uniform noise quiet as snow
the breath past house gift again plain
everything perceivable fences and filtered
light. your accent. can you imagine it mercurial
hunger chopping all those tender Rs into unrecognizable
duck-bits in the dawn hours from a michelin star


“to bed a cricket / stroke my goatee”

Wikipedia Poem, No. 666


“Estragon sees the chicken bones on the ground and stares at them greedily.”



to bed a cricket
stroke my goatee

i dance from side to side now
furrow my brown house

sparrow flutters in a fruit bowl
with whom am i arguing

crickets then go to bed
obsess over critics

crickets and poets both
lord over their own right

hands squeeze the toe of a boot by a tree
on a country road so they can be close to me

its inevitable yes she can be too
she can force it upon herself

space and space again
deprive him ommatidia

smile and she’ll slip an oven mitt
over critics over her right hand

i squeeze the thin lords quaking line
it must be caressed by neon pliers

i love reality with my waist again
and again deprive him space

deprive him teeth and smiles i slip
an oven mitt over the critics oh lord over all

Harold Rosenberg

Wikipedia Poem, No. 657



harold scrape scratch chisel

wet in wet with hair dryer worse the camera
one learns proper representative hand

and i am me so i will click quit impasto

but i will pee first so goodbye johnny-man
thickness primarily comes to miniaturization

flay scrape tint of lip rosenberg