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

December 26

I think about my friends
they may be dying
— who would tell me now? —
when a woman in airpods
wool hat and long black coat
Which way to the target? and I point
over railroad tracks
You’re welcome.
so happy and lonely.

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Staten Island Beach (I)

Robert Rauschenberg, Staten Island Beach (I), ca 1951

Instructions for a Haiku


“Overheard3” Joseph M. Gerace. 2018.

for Erica

open your mouth
open your throat
wide back
straight still stay
ten seconds
let nothing out
not a whisper

what slipped in?

Imagine If You Weren’t In a Rush (Stegosaurus)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 722


Joseph M. Gerace. Machine-Water. Hackensack, NJ. 2018.

the pair of photocollages

february one
presents a set of oppositions

from nineteen hundred
words versus pictures relevant

hours to oh five hundred
versus arbitrary craft versus

hours southbound
feelings casual versus research the

corbin street right lane
pair of photocollages presents

closed at tyler
a set of oppositions words

street for construction
versus pictures relevant versus

follow directions of
arbitrary craft versus feelings

pee aye pee dee
casual versus research the pair

of photocollages presents a set

february one
of oppositions words versus

from nineteen hundred hours
pictures relevant versus

southbound corbin street right
arbitrary craft versus feelings

lane closed at tyler street
casual versus research the pair

for construction follow
of photocollages presents a set of

pee aye
oppositions words versus pictures

pee dee
relevant versus arbitrary craft

thursday february
versus feelings casual versus research

one from nineteen
the pair of photocollages presents a set


Are You Rea (Robert Heinecken, 1964-68)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 721


Joseph M. Gerace. Justice Building. Hackensack, NJ. 2018.

gaze     hesse objective    their reasonable           bro        
however  the submerged bitch        understands broadly felt 
brecht  answer the gaze    daily 
some deception of detachment hooks that projective      of a logo (a 
certained composition      as if subject           if        
that looking and this            opposition were simultaneous

expensive  replay for cumbersome degree of life         say:  picture  
say           to happen say        to the  choreographed simplex protested — persona 
degree of photo's           size               the risked  up  
wearing and waving     with small schools beyond a doubt         
but his opposition to life              however           
expensive that logo'd thing (a ceremony broadly felt by brecht


erin1 copy

Erin, Royal Palms, Gowanus, Brooklyn, 2017



Myron, Royal Palms, Gowanus, Brooklyn, 2017



Max, Brooklyn, 2017