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.

Laura Dern

Wikipedia Poem, No. 811

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        this year’s winner 
        and gators abound 
the toothy young 
scrapes out 
        the old 
        his time 
        often made drawing 
limited 
        drama 
the tails and fins 
but it's a rough look 
        book repainted his 
time
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great at 
        a very young age 
scrape out his 
        time made drawing as 
        dead activities for poetry 
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                                casqui que dan del año 
                                have that repainted colonial 
siphonophore menthol 
of 
        child 
        his family ragged edged flashbang

remain born strangle youth with beauty poems
to los and los 
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        award: 
i was born at a very young age 
remain carved-out and strangle beauty with youth poems

Poem about Bees

Wikipedia Poem, No. 799

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“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
what eye?
on display for a reward

moving then not
not moving then gone—all of it

Dareen Tatour

Wikipedia Poem, No. 797

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נָצַר

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

qawim
ya shaabi qawim y
sha’abi qawim

youtube denies her house arrest
digging her trial and youtube conflict
placing her under doric splits like columns

qawim
ya shaabi qawim y
sha’abi qawim

self-imposed house arrest of martyr
poets my people recite and resist
wrapped like a mummy in laurels

qawim
ya shaabi qawim y
sha’abi qawim

international debates over free speech
facebook discrimination youtube and wit
separate seed from the harvested plant
space love the court condemn the nazarean’s

qawim
ya shaabi qawim y
sha’abi qawim

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

forza
pobożny

The road is so long…

 

أرثوذكسي
שמרני

 

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Further reading: 

One Hundred Uses For a Fern

Wikipedia Poem, No. 780

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“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

Anchor Point on Marx’s Birthday

Wikipedia Poem, No. 775

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indoctrinations
said the question
needing communism
to point an anchor

profane
said the blames
with lyrics beckoning
snow

bitter acid
said an old-school still
hold tight the ideals
of marxist values

question
said the tanks to reassert
talk show values blame the armory
less for the birth of the soul

Callidity Crush Humble

Wikipedia Poem, No. 760

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callidity  crush humble            pretty cool interviews     mr pruitt’s politicians callidity crush humble pretty  cool to hear he wanted to move away dislocation  lobbyist marsha lindsey callidity was nearing at least    one other and antique rugs state salary of an influential telecommunications            lobbyist who was stunning soon mr pruitt was erupting inside scott pruitt stunning       soon mr pruitt even bought ms lindsey callidity was stunning soon mr pruitt  — who was in dislocation —    city home  influential telecommunications lobbyist marsha lindsey callidity was a state capitol said that after    dislocation oklahoma city home of an influence

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Source: Eder, Steve, and Hiroko Tabuchi. “Scott Pruitt Before the E.P.A.: Fancy Homes, a Shell Company and Friends With Money.” The New York Times, 21 Apr. 2018. Web.

Mohammed Bin Salman

Wikipedia Poem, No. 756

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      conqueror 
during the 
         conqueror during 
      the conqueror during 
the conqueror during the conqueror 
during the conqueror during the conqueror 
   during 
          the conqueror during the conqueror 
during the conqueror during 
  the 1070s 
as an 
          impregnable castlelondon 
       as an impregnable castle 
the conqueror during the conqueror during 
      the 
1070s as an 
     impregnable 
      castlewilliam 
the conqueror during the conqueror 
during 
        the conqueror 
       during the conqueror 
during the conqueror during the 1070s as 
      it was originally called was originally 
    called was originally called was built by william the 
conqueror 

   surrounded 
by prisoners such being 
formidable as those of a 
      dungeon formidable as those of 
a dungeon and even 
      spacious the two 
youthful tudor princes edward 
   v and 
in some cases even 
spacious and ennobled 
prison walls as 
        formidable 
   as they 
      were 
  not 
         austere 
   anne 
       boleyn and 
richard 
  thomas moore anne boleyn and 
      ennobled prisoners such as formidable 
as those of a dungeon
and ennobled prison walls 
as the two youthful tudor princes edward 
v 
    and 
        in 
        some cases even 
spacious 
         and ennobled prison 
walls as those 
       dungeonable 
as they were not austere 
   anne boleyn and 
       ennobled prison

m4 
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with 
         brightly colored with brightly colored with 
brightly 
colored 
   with brightly colored with brightly colored blankets in the 
hotel’s 
ballroom b 
standard 
   military-issue 
m4 
         its 
       civilian variant or a corner standard 
    military-issue m4 its covered with brightly colored with brightly 
    colored with brightly colored with 
brightly colored 
with 
         brightly 
colored 
     with brightly colored with brightly colored 
shaky video 
that appears to be an 
american stands with
       a 
     rifle 
   while guards

 

MUSEUM

Wikipedia Poem, No. 744

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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