Great Emotional Distress

from drink
her wife
laughs

she breathes
hard and
throat cracks

in her sleeping
layers of
green magma

rise up
through her body her
old girlfriend math

the poem
can take a punch
through green ice

scream for
attention
like a snake

with
wings squeezing her neck why laugh now? the
trauma

behind her back
did she remember
to brush her teeth

with a knife
she’s a small man
and she assumes

she will strike
her skull
with a mallet

force a hose into
her mouth
and fill her belly

with water
this makes it
easier

for the blade
to separate
the skin

from
her body
still hard

to understand
why her
wife is laughing

the
neck a threshold between body and
world

leaches
build cities on her tongue
she’s allowed

their need
for power
and profit

to supplant
her need
for kindness

and contentment
now
suddenly

she’s unconstitutional
the problem
is her

insistence
everything be
histrionic, but orderly

from celebrity
marriages
to concentration

camps
doctor help her please
dream

abstractly
the door
left

unlocked
around her teeth
plink

through the night
twenty eight
gorgeous porcelain

necks
she remembers
the dreams of others

before
her own
the selenite grotesquerie

of her exposed
femur
cause

the viewer
great emotional
distress

Architectural Digest (Martha Rosler)

"The contemplation of things as they are, without substitution or imposture, without error or confusion, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention." Francis Bacon
McBride Avenue, Paterson, NJ, April 2020

“The contemplation of things as they are, without substitution or imposture, without error or confusion, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention.” Francis Bacon

a preponderance of glimmer

flutters from north to south

diamonds sewn into family photos

as though around the collarbone

anything goes in time five cut pears

scintillate sword to sword with shopworn verbs

a sea battle takes place

may i describe the room? cactus

flower haphazards beside something unripe 

a bowl of collapsing gravity for example the ship 

is our second home the minimalist masterpiece

crawls in the mirror with her small

white daughters gorgeous hardware well

paid ten great american painters

forgotten their brilliant nonces

advertise the always profitable

transgressive breasts in ibiza

no one could prevent

house beat mingles

with big capital one vibes and donald

judd atelier a table of logical laws on

a chair of metaphysical necessities 

in chalk harbors sandy 

short shorts granite hardware i said existence 

and the nature of god the superflower 

causal for profit and pleasure

in a foxhole high above chelsea

as it rushes through an elongated

coruscate electrified discharge field

blitzed with images of the italian

sense of beauty this exists: a short list 

of things a poet names lost

therefore it is futile to consult a doctor

or an arms dealer

Paterson is Yours

cBride Avenue, Paterson, NJ, April 2020
McBride Avenue, Paterson, NJ, April 2020

blood-bunny lays on false face
alone in encouraging corners

halogen burns —it is relevant to observe
spanish communists hidden in

bowling bags and electric
teeth gnawing at gates of dawn

soon we’ll all be frozen
belly of lake coronavirus

deep unremarkable remembrance of celebrity
superstition swirling around salon

breeze transfixing artificial and drunk
do i hear guitars preserving structures

of hierarchy and dominion? every authoritarian
framework has to prove it’s capable of suction

while we’re building our homes like brilliant immigrants
we sense somewhere tense pastel pulls of

new logic should be particular to development
instruments of spirit in-world — sing for poverty

then lie bricks and masks and final
immoderate stars

Double Freilicher

The ribbon around a bomb.

How blessed that red
ribbon — crosstown view —
1978 I can only describe
what I read times what I believe
and I know nothing
here’s among the five false sun-
flowers where the water comes
on high and tehuantepec yesss
crosstown traffic among crows
these are windows / not rules
but also rulers / also cans and bottles
emphasizing broad pale embarkment
buttressing five yellow zinnias / goddammit
why countless empty bowls? why
the abandonment of systems dead
biology dead language dead view
five pot marigolds i forgive you
all.

strange bird / light bearer / glittering corpse

Wikipedia Poem, No. 981

begin: top left corner of the frame

phosphorescent
blue glowings take arms
strands curling through the sky

stream mind
snow heart
falling doubt

dark seaweed
insects fly away
divide the sky

follow: channel where shadow meets highlight

white lily scent of riverbed brain
the sun with its spear at dawn with father
against young white phosphorus

carve out the sky
wash away
with the bodies pistil depth

the sky
curls
its long arms

through: pealing gaussian sweep

red nights fly
away at lily depth
— the spear

at dawn yesterday
green tomatoes
long white roadside flow

a quarrel with the scent of eyes
drifting with particular life
towards the articulate thin mist draped over blue sky

until: arrive

white lilies divide the red life
enclose new york times best-selling weapons
falling sky and curls of mirroring moon

film / lips
come forward
crawl through

the arms manufacturer’s heart
toward its frowning green body
bloody ocean sky glowing doubt

regress

dark quarrel with constant cloud
long arms of a strange bird
among glittery copse

many tense teen tomatoes
in wickful lily scent
falling doubt

dark seaweed
insects thread
like veins

ingest

dry white wine
an enclosure
for seaweed

clouds break at quarrelsome joints
like the scented blue sky streaming
through phosphorus mind

snowfall virus
carves rod to
cylindrical shell

digress

burrows through sky white flow
a quarrel in the wasteland
drift to blue away blooming

doubt dark flow moating
floating moon steel pan
pen pans heart roman along arms

strange bird
light bearer
glittering corpse

Artifacts of Reference, No. 62

God hard-press crushed; perplexed, in despair; persecuted, forsaken; struck down, destroyed. battles. deception, defeat, destruction, death. roar into you Angels chase wilderness in audacious strange heir. Confident throne. Earnest requests of blood spill your God. if you have a mountain jump God Will do what you want

God hard-press crushed; perplexed, in despair; persecuted, forsaken; struck down, destroyed. battles. deception, defeat, destruction, death. roar into you Angels chase wilderness in audacious strange heir. Confident throne. Earnest requests of blood spill your God. if you have a mountain jump God Will do what you want

Movie Made with Snow

Wikipedia Poem, No. 904

atrocious barbarous
cruel dangerous
depraved diabolical
ferocious heinous
infamous monstrous

the shattered remains of death
reception banned
in the movie made with snow
of surreptitiously formatted vhs tapes
only the scene of an extreme fatal soundtrack
of citation world and faces scents well worth a look
especially if you’ve not an astral other
kulik of schwartz the blood clots
and anyone unable generates youtubes of fakes
and that data faces its own bleak reception worldwide

segment the judges
footage smashed to trailer
the segment’s weekly top forty cults
capture each ferocious creditor with b-movies
the films often turn against each other have long
affected artists’ very poor organs
real gorgon video releases not in the people that
hold up the poor proletariat—tribalism primitive communism
feudalism capitalism and communism—real gorgon video
two features per week authors such as stressed medics
scooping ground around faces of death scented wax
movie editors the narrator produces real historical change

Male Ego Investment (Ghost Rider)

Comics make the whorl go rondo. Ever wonder what Ghost Rider would do if he lost his wallet on the subway? He would download, share, and distribute this work illegally in libraries, museums, squat houses and corporate gyms. Thank you, as always, for reading.

Security Forces

struggle in hand the jump
and cut of bloodless bone
of beak notorious for weight
lessness what does it cost
a useless periphery universe?

Searcey, Dionne, and Emmanuel Akinwotu. “Nigeria Says Soldiers Who Killed Marchers Were Provoked. Video Shows Otherwise.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 17 Dec. 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/12/17/world/africa/nigeria-military-abuses.html.

Transactional Middle Class Aubade

middle-class

Why is failure so central to your work?

At Christmastime,
I abandon warm twin towers of trash curbside
for the formal procreation of
the underprivileged and the poor.

What does failure mean to you?

All good men wear Gucci loafers.

Socrates wears Gucci loafers.
Therefore, Socrates is a good man.