Darkens Grind Inquiry

Wikipedia Poem, No. 976

Washington, 2019

chaos and delay
crucial deposition-grabbing
evident against mounting
attention-grabbing attention-grabbing
protest inquiry to insulate
insulate against mounting
protest seeks to halt hours on wednesday
staging against mounting against

suite where impeachment yet
pressure office suite where
impeachment investigators
conduct private campaign to leave
stridents behavior —
and refuse to smear
his political rivals
storm interviews
refuse to enlist

committees on the committee
which is leading let us in! let us in!
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Security Forces

struggle in hand the jump
and cut of bloodless bone
of beak notorious for weight
lessness what does it cost
a useless periphery universe?

Searcey, Dionne, and Emmanuel Akinwotu. “Nigeria Says Soldiers Who Killed Marchers Were Provoked. Video Shows Otherwise.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 17 Dec. 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/12/17/world/africa/nigeria-military-abuses.html.

Holding Myself Accountable (after Alison Knowles’ ‘Identical Lunch’)

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five thousand dollar camera
         fixed in a tripod
same location every morning
ten years one photo

federal regulations
prohibit hanging
banners from the monument

a woman's long thin
fingers kneading eggs
into soft yellow clay

experience points
earned for being
mean to my readers

atmosphere of crime
try not to think of the poem
gasoline heat of torches

i hope
to level up
soon please god

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Alison Knowles at MoMA in 2011/Robert Caplin for The New York Times

Opposition Art for d.a. levy

Wikipedia Poem, No. 678

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“Still, / like a Capistrano swallow, you come back.” DA Powell

leave-in alleviate dough raise       up up up 
refresh enjoy relieve mitigate ferment        up up up &up

as      one destroys & macabre      
name       
direct cause causing 
replace rise
that he battles leviticus or 
leviathan in harmony 
with           
forward progress    upon a draft
a few days back
hold back a strong leavening agent     or add
force the great german soprano entomb-up       
ferment name directors refresh stone sibara virginica as my home 
do not 
envisage my home opposite of le great germane 
i          perch the       mona lisa soak surround         
vascular witch scorch the horn carolyn pickles screams        of history 
he also rejects with bray themes the controversy 
forward progress 
a few days enjoy which fear      
base around       &up
that he contains the louvre          
the immutable     of the community 
of the diaphragm

Protest Chord for Taylor Swift

Wikipedia Poem, No. 574

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“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

Salty

Wikipedia Poem, No. 458

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“Their bodies were dragged through the streets and covered in heaps of salt to underline the point.” Sarah Bakewell

killed their bodies 
     for five earrings 
        me in the streets expensive 
      me
the streets 
        setting 
      fire 
      taking 
me
into the streets setting fire 
to warn 
worn like worms 
         to 
worn 
         tax 
collectors houses some 
attacked 
       to 
protest and soak 
  their 
      chalky white skin in heaps of rebels emblazoned 
with carved jade
        
     cabochon rubies 
and expensive days of protest 
      and soaks his chalky 
      white 
skin 
into a generally 
peasant 
uprising a few tax 
  collectors houses gone and some 
covered in 18k gold
my wrists worn 
   to protest and expensive days
of pleasant protest

Donald J. Trump

Wikipedia Poem, No. 451

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consider           guantan-a-lago the crown
jewel of historic resorts       beautiful military torture
tortured it is           the trump family has a secret handshake 
guantan-a-lago is a value        in the    golf base also
known        truly the us military is the trump family
match their       usurped elegance 
the cubans allow 
which the us returns      the club     the crown jewel 
of torture its illegance unmatched 
surrenders renown internationally
elegiac golf club one of tortured jewels 
truly the guantan-a-lago detention center and resort  
a landmark with the finest amenities 
       the us military can pronounce 
on cuban revolutionary soil
on such short notice           donald j truly 
the finest amenities that the cuban people can shore up
1959 the perfectly landmarked base 
also known against the us military    revolutionary
protested since every year go when donald j truly
the trump family has offered our incredible        
discount code        for a handshake and a dowry

Wikipedia Poem, No. 387

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“My idea was that poems might weave together such ‘hidden persuaders,’ … bouncing ‘controlling interests ‘ off one another and creating woofs and warps of ideological display.” Charles Bernstein, FSG Poetry


       it's expected 
mostly 
        temperatures observant
      wind runs 
winds the weather
sunny with 
          gusts

as 
high as 
it feels chillier 

setting the numbers fools you
    weekend in january 
temperatures  
look
      wind will 
make a dive 
the state 
         up 
from a cold blast
an alberta clipper 
      expected expected to 
         push 
the 
stake
        where's all 
their blow

  we're near 
the 
state
line up for a cold 
be near
  the 
weather
sunny with gusts
     as 
      high as you feel but chillier 

settling 
     takes 
  all that rotten feeling chillier 
       
setting 
their 
      blow
we're near the state
where all the 
calm dissipates 
      
  a 
        bit like 
night 
         dropped 
      on a drive 
weather up 
for 
    a cold blast

Wikipedia Poem, No. 384

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“Precision here is superfluous as cut flowers.” Amy Key

hidden into human voices

hidden 
     into form      a mean being 
          understood opposite its 
     faith pierced with derivation

like a patient 
     etherized upon a table 

vivsected every thousand years 
growing old 
finding out 
      unconcepted fart 
truth 
to human ancient 
reality 
    or falsehood opposite the discussed 
rivality reveality ruementality wreathed
      to 
mean 

          by the original 
      means
          being claimed by logicians 
          jews law journalism and views the famously lingered 
       common 
understanding  

sing about creation, our creation, the life of the world 
     and fantastic nature how we struggle to transform it, 
     but don't victimize our selves by distorting the world  

         faith pierce
          roles 
ultimately 
    agreed upon athens was also plato's 
sense-faith nor identify 
truth in i in i

Women’s March on Washington, D.C.

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