Wikipedia Poem, No. 865
Most influential work, contrast the positivist view:
Argue that which sentences, heavy with truth-value,
go aweigh, go!
Neither truth nor performance,
text in particular, sentences, call the performative
Oh, abnormal king!
Utter one of those
go slink a matinee in exile soiled sound
— such loose snakes —
sluice fireworks over war:
I, anti, sit and do, climax, nothing.
A version of “God Hunting in Mesopotamia” first appeared in Poets Reading the News on March 17, 2017.
Wikipedia Poem, No. 860
this mad rhetoric diamond
there is delight here for
us to be populated the black fireworks palmed over
gold manipulating gold in place
ice powerful the powerful powerful powerful
fizzling poison of kings of the king’s
the powerful powerful powerful
popular must be powerful
there is delight here
for the weak
must sniff manipulation in place
i refuse the powerful inch toward the sun
punch my nose poison
gift of lace no-blood
must be a strap of leather a spider
plant i refuse
In promotional materials,
as in any great poem,
never say seems to be.
Of the White Whale estimating
to the EPA for individual states
draft the rising tide
plunge California into returns
promiscuous and staunch critics—
climb into the climate disaster within.
Little didactic poet,
sit up straight, don’t
say swift accountant.
Onto climate we could plunge California
and more than 30 percent of the EPA
for the next 25 degrees worth of years, she states
A plan to standardize individuals from the White Whale
estimate the plunge California return
into a climate of
An invisible hand
pulls the black card across the monitor
jerky flaws revealing bandwidth like fingers.
say the young woman breeds art;
say merry-go-round at dusk.
Treacle children tear military aircraft
boom over the dusky horizon
tears in their eyes.
Translated from the Chinese by Ming Di and Jennifer Stern
You have a strange pet—
one eye is a cat’s, the other a sheep’s.
Yet, it won’t socialize with felines,
will attack any flock of sheep.
On moonlit nights,
it wanders on roofs.
When you’re alone,
it will lie in your lap,
slowly studying you until—
on its face—a challenge.
Source: Liu, Xia, Di Ming, Jennifer Kronovet, Herta Müller, and Yiwu Liao. Empty Chairs: Selected Poems. 2015.
Begin reading about Liu Xia here and then Google her name and pay attention to learn more.
I encourage readers to purchase the book here, and listen to a conversation between poet Rachel Zucker and translator Jennifer Kronovet on a recent episode of the Commonplace Podcast. You can financially support (as I do) Commonplace Podcast—a brilliant, important project exploring the work of influential working artists—on Patreon.
Wikipedia Poem, No. 811
this year’s winner
and gators abound
the toothy young
often made drawing
the tails and fins
but it's a rough look
book repainted his
only possession of very limited vision for poetry
a very young age
scrape out his
time made drawing as
dead activities for poetry
great docs de polaina y
casqui que dan del año
have that repainted colonial
his family ragged edged flashbang
remain born strangle youth with beauty poems
to los and los
strangles advertisement winner
i was born at a very young age
remain carved-out and strangle beauty with youth poems
Wikipedia Poem, No. 799
“When I say ‘I,’ I am lying. Let us posit the ‘I’ of perception—neutral and limpid. Put it next to the ‘I’ of intermediation—when you look at it this way, my body belongs to me; or, more exactly, I belong to my body. What do we observe? An absence of contact. Fear what I say.” Michel Houellebecq
journey of what is our concept of nothing?
understand these vast new shapes
of whom science say journey of the universe
on display for a reward
moving then not
not moving then gone—all of it
Wikipedia Poem, No. 797
al-nakba i’m so impatient
the literary saga is no saga at all
garners various guilt and guile
pen as video edited amongst soft reign
ya shaabi qawim y
youtube denies her house arrest
digging her trial and youtube conflict
placing her under doric splits like columns
ya shaabi qawim y
self-imposed house arrest of martyr
poets my people recite and resist
wrapped like a mummy in laurels
ya shaabi qawim y
international debates over free speech
facebook discrimination youtube and wit
separate seed from the harvested plant
space love the court condemn the nazarean’s
ya shaabi qawim y
my pen blooms daily condemns the court of
men says i am restricted to dig below my pen
wrestle the angel of the lord of cease and resist
organize with threat the whole world will hear
legal and recite jail democracy in the hands of
video confine me to pale attacks on poems tea
i’m so impatient media in a democracy is a decision
i’m so impatient she garners the internet
The road is so long…
Wikipedia Poem, No. 780
“A change in the concept of sexual identity is essential if we are not going to see the old political order reassert itself in every new revolution. … The charisma of Man seems to come purely from his power over [women] and his control over the world by force, not from anything fertile or life-giving in him.” Adrienne Rich, from “When We Dead Awaken”, 1971
ask before the hand privilege grant figurative praerogatin privilege grant comitia populi tributa with tribus cently with tribus cently a favor or privilege grant to stretch out the hand from privilege grant first in the roman comitia populi tributa from prae ask before voting to voters who by lot reg move in privilege grant figurativirus chosen who by lot voters rally a stretch out the roman comitia populi tributa noun use of 100 vote first from rogative use or election from lative 14c in praerogative use of 100 vote 14c in a favor late 14c in anglolative use of fern
Wikipedia Poem, No. 775
said the question
to point an anchor
said the blames
with lyrics beckoning
said an old-school still
hold tight the ideals
of marxist values
said the tanks to reassert
talk show values blame the armory
less for the birth of the soul