Wikipedia Poem, No. 744


manifestoes  but all the text is small and difficult  
museum admissions and     museum educators       
portal insightful flash lateral        and cliche fish chatter to the ropes 
meet           in the extent to which the texts trouble and engage 
meat thee   lively conversations:         gaga purism and terralism
all talk becomes soup in the word flesh   join us  
as if us attempts to attend members-only gallery sessions  
talks greet in the galleries   chatter-ninnies rattle off the sculpture garden
out on the attempt to answer this question
engage three forms            amplify

Walmart Statement on Firearms Policy

Wikipedia Poem, No. 737


on firearms and ammunition and adolescence
to implement this change: we will update our process

sell bump stocks high-capacity magazines
broke applied filled personified we also do not sell hurt

before purchasing flames they seem to pass the background check
requiring customers to be splashed and responsible curios

to mingle responsible writing include sportsmen
and toys our heritage as the company slips the cross into the satyr

The Menace Relations In Himself Is To Destroy Them

Wikipedia Poem, No. 732


reasonable people assemble people assemble
people assemble people assemble assemble assemble

people why liberals – some of torture while advancing
americas missible duress even the neoconservative

code-named geronimo carried 14-inch hatchets made
by a north carolina knife-maker for his chicago

police unit those same hard zuley a special
dispossession and brown democracy of opinion

the menace relations in himself is to destroy them
bend the observed race relation this toni purposes

morrison-industrial weapons and for the majority black
and brown and bellicose police the m under obamas element

together with mass incarceration now segregation
was always how long the non-book we were eight

years in american society he grew up in americally
disadvantaged me after and m urder the relevant point

he affiliated to obamas fascination of american
oligarchic shindigs that to netanyahu is presently claimed

to netanyahu is previously known as stenographer
to trumps pot for little slavery in american we understate

impressive especial groper is primarily consistent and genocide
there is no doubt that his run obama had inaugurated achievement

vindication of the i force: colour-blind universalism
its democrats was the cruellest  bottle-feeding class

the civil public view in a new era of opportunity of racial prosperity
liberalism are still prone to the the architecture of henry kissinger

that some of the lethal powers invested war oversaw more
than that thistled with no quid pro quid pro quid pro quid pro

quo the late jets during the aspen
ideas festival along aspen ideas festival

along with bill kristol house in the reflexive cause
more heat their cocktail dresses gentlemen shiverse workforce

fill the air was measured coates black lives matter is most
certainly not a white merica great again of non-violent protest

but also a comprehensive critique of non-violent protest
but also comprehend people each years to us have been

to have been hounded flaws that influential dispensation
of polition of white links of the right to be a rainbow of what even

embracingly aware of ordeal ordeal ordeal ordeal ordeal ordeal
ordeal ordeal ordeal ordeal ordeal ordeal of hierarchy and wit


Source: Mishra, Pankaj. “Why do white people like what I write?” Rev. of We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. London Review of Books 40.4 (2018): 17-20. 23 Feb. 2018.

On Politics

Wikipedia Poem, No. 642


seine          of the times
republicans like roots
                          diction control
                                          means         colorful
butchered meats leak from vines
the most popular color in the world     sky
strawberry  parsley  persimmon  almond  eggplant
meaning normcore              roots        goody-goody                    
call diction a spoiled system          friction addiction in america
reformist         reagan democrats                    
drawn to don    america's evolving empirical     mugwump
goody-goody     trawl
used in   macomb county       
and as such         podesta in chains                       
diction ally dossier in     mean business 
and by their lowest common slings
beleaguered trawling middles

Portrait of Marx (2017)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 639


work   thee must educate oneself     
of what skills in her craft       make 
a     streetcar named authority   oh
who made this sweatshirt sweetie

three rhetorical questions then
how          must she educate herself
of what a woman directs
how must she educate her people       and
which woman disemboweled aphorism   why

give education to balmy breath
of what         a woman must be 
educated     herself       or burn rubber

a cauldron who breathes deep must           
educate herself    of what women
landmark their assembly   who
fed these grapes which will us again

one last rhetorical question then
how indomitable      to enforce 
authority or     on a mantle 
a small golden rhetoric   quiver


Heroes of the Meme War

Wikipedia Poem, No. 585

“Whatever happens. Whatever / what is is is what / I want. Only that. But that.” Galway Kinnell


is his implicit support office 
      in the slobbering security 
   the highest 
      office in the 
     limply said
         usually a politician 
     long death 
      squads engage in our land 
   he's the 
         collage in our land bricolage-feeder 
who lies once he leader will not stand 
he's the dead in our land the 
its leader will not stand the right-wing bed 

          pardon our land 
     he's the slobbering 
the collage-feeder will not stand bricolage-feeder 
         not stand the scaled 
upon adopted genes 
the slobbering 
  his implicit support 
in sabotage in our land the 

Protest Chord for Taylor Swift

Wikipedia Poem, No. 574


“The good guys sat / & watched the door / the wizards crawled / from 14th St to the / outer crust” Amiri Baraka

first to oxford
with crosscutting pilgrim-mages
then to mount calvary to dialect’s grave

then back to age of baroque nicknames
to roman locks and nave
to your beloved trapped in pun
then back to pun itself
where we find the beloved scrubs
feet of dialect

Toothpaste for the Young Poet

Wikipedia Poem, No. 514


to rescue to operate on 
the marks of infinity to be 
transcended against one's will

time rubbed into lather
	for your opponent every deck 
		underhanded or made gape

i'm less 
jorie grammatically 
buys a vowel
your immediate opportunity tomorrow
	fidget spinner i promise 
		it's not you it's me this working problem has 
your poem 
wants to be bleach with its brief 
heavy handed whitening as declension

suicide i'm still
	novice be let bezos-loose 
		keep it just   write deep mystery

new tooth shapes become octuplets 
holding hands ripe bipedal feelings 
unbruised "skin the concerned"-essential 
is this how surprise 
	tastes? great
		all my new deepstate teeth 

shaping edits 
a poem but 
it has a point: threatening 
your own image/experience of the stuff 
	and when i wouldn't make your art form 
		how weird 

to be bleached 
	on the castle keep 
		for posterity

from Percival Everett in “The Art of Fiction No. 235”

Everett: “I remember loving Lewis Carroll from an early age, and not just “Through the Looking-Glass” and “Alice” but the syllogisms and a book on logic. And then I remember quite well, early on, reading something I thought I shouldn’t be reading, Maugham’s “Of Human Bondage”, which I got from my father’s shelf. I think I was nine. It was fun because I didn’t think I was supposed to read it. As I look back, I think that it’s reading, probably even more than writing, that I find important. Reading is subversive because you necessarily do it by yourself. Which is why books scare people like Donald Trump. What’s interesting to me is that the poor people who identify with Donald Trump, they think of themselves as unlucky rich people. If things had just gone differently, they would be rich, too. The system has worked against them. It’s the same reason people play the lottery. Overnight you could wake up rich, and that’s an exciting thing. What you can’t do overnight is become educated. That requires a lot of work, so that’s not a goal. It’s something to fear. But that’s exactly why I find books so important. I don’t care what people read. If they read anything, then they might read something else. I just want to participate in making a different culture. I’m thinking of that line of Walt Whitman’s—”Produce great Persons, the rest follows.” It sounds flip when you just say it, but it’s true. That’s not to say that people are bad, but I want a readership that wants to read things because the work is difficult, not because it’s only fun. I want the fun to be in figuring it out. That’s what reading is all about, and to me writing is really just an extension of reading. But there, enough of my soapbox.”

Read the entire interview in The Paris Review.

Wizards Fall

Wikipedia Poem, No. 501

a mean kind of english
wreccan driven out
outcast elend misery
reflecting one’s genetic survival
instinct outcast misery miserly

development of meaning
a sorry state in vile dallag erman
the old english drive
driven out punished person
exiled and remarkable
a strong sense of the vile

drive them out who strive for natural gifts
our vile reflection senses its spirit lift