Andrea Dworkin

Wikipedia Poem, No. 924

power relations
all the course of redefining family
church power
relations all the course
of redefining family church power
course of course redefining family
church power relations
all the course of
redefining family church power relations
all the institutions
all the course
which inhabit and order our lives
the course of redefining family
church
power relations
all the course of redefining

Silk Wefts

Wikipedia Poem, No. 915

sunflower beer van gogh cy twombly illiad tapestry metropolitan musueum of art, 2019

the weight of a

poem on paper is

equal to its labor

CAConrad

silk wefts

comprehend the age of disparity for like glories
as well as the age of disparity for like hosts
as well as the heart of i must know to compromise with one’s compromise

in the age
of disparity for like glories
as well as the age disparity like
glory
as well
as the heart of the heart of compromise with a few small silk wefts with
a few silk wefts
with a ghost of one’s
compromise with one’s compatriots
bears an essential weight

one
must know the age of disparity for like glories
well as the heart of gloria
do well to
heart this age
of disparity for the glory
of compromise

in the age of glories
as well as the
heart of heaven
of the age of disparity
for like glories
the age of
essential weights and measures

one must know the heart of the age is disparity and separation
and compromise

in that long ago distant age of disparity and separation
comprehend the age disparity glory
as well as the heart of they must know the age is disparity and separation
comprehend age and
separate

comprehension in the heart of the ape
the ape of disparity for words of uncertain origin
as well as the heart of the heart of the age of
promise

in the heart of the age is

disparity for buzz words of uncertain origin
we weren’t paying attention to the age of disparity and separation
comprehend the age is disparity for words of uncertain origin
so it goes
the age is disparity and
separation
and ignorance their blue devices
as
well as the age is disparity for neon of uncertain origin
as well as their desires
as well as the age is disparity and separation
ignorance their desires
as well as their desires
as well as the age is disparity and
separation
ignorance

in their
compatriots’ capacity to separate
compatriots
bear an essential few silk wefts of one’s ignorance

in their
ignorance

in
the heart of
the age is disparity for familiar words of uncertain origin
as well as
the age of the heart of their
ignorance

in the heart of the age
is disparity of glories
as well as certain old stories they must know
the age is despair and glory
well done heart of the age in disparity and separation
ignorance

in the heart of the age

if yr / then yr / u won’t

Wikipedia Poem, No. 905

on monday
night agreed in principle
to scorch $1.3 trillion at the blasted
march, according to

verge at the blasted march

verge, according to two
congressional aides it is a figure
far lower
than vampiric

negotiators on monday night
exacted in principle providing
$1.3 trillion for
interloper verges

succor far lower
than vampiric
$5.7 trillion
to the blasted march

Dirty Pictures

Wikipedia Poem, No. 900

Doctor?
High for a brief time—then dipping, puffy coats.

“travel is reactionary / why is travel reactionary?
because you bring money & germs

— Carolee Schneeman

Capitol is a barren and spindly thing.
Its tart parts art themselves sunflower—
High for a brief time—then dipping, puffy coats.

This weekend in Palm Beach;
Prison guard for a weekend in Palm Beach.
Cotton, tobacco, lima beans.

Really Big Beach

the boy’s fingers tie
a dozen plastic
battleships
with copper wire
to unstretched canvas

anselm kiefer
mistakes
monet’s grainstack for
pure painting

tell the story
of colin powell
at the united nations
advocate of war
in 2003 his staff
covers guernica
with a curtain
atlantic blue

anselm kiefer
purchases
the mülheim-kärlich
nuclear reactor

i swipe my plastic
hammer i have
no respect for
other languages
or birds or the elderly
parked diagonally across
three quick edwardian lakes

i smile into a german car
i wish none harm
the past squeaks when
i am violent
the air forced from
my plastic head

i implore you
save yourself please
please i can’t
do it for you
i won’t

Things to Do with the Abnormal King

Wikipedia Poem, No. 865

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            Most influential work, contrast the positivist view: 
Argue that which sentences, heavy with truth-value, 
            abnormal abound:
            go aweigh,            go!

Neither truth nor performance, 
text in particular, sentences, call the performative 
peculiar;
            u up?

            Oh, abnormal king!  
Utter one of those  
astonishing valleys;
go slink a matinee in exile soiled sound 
            — such loose snakes —
            sluice fireworks over war:
            I, anti, sit and do, climax, nothing.

Artifacts of Reference, No. 14

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A version of “God Hunting in Mesopotamia” first appeared in Poets Reading the News on March 17, 2017.

The Prosecutor Said in a Statement

Wikipedia Poem, No. 860

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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

survey says:
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

Never Say Seems To Be

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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
—America.
A plan to standardize individuals from the White Whale
estimate the plunge California return
into a climate of
returning plans.

An invisible hand
pulls the black card across the monitor
jerky flaws revealing bandwidth like fingers.

Say fallible;
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.

‘Transformed Creature’ by Liu Xia

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,
preoccupied,
slowly studying you until—
on its face—a challenge.

6/1988

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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.