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

Wikipedia Poem, No. 383

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“In our period they say there is free speech. / They say there is no penalty for poets, / There is no penalty for writing poems. / They say this. This is the penalty.” Muriel Rukeyser, 1968

ONE

incense-perfumed ritual   a staple of evil it traffics 
in 
    awe which is a closely related emotion 
          to terror stories 
         it wrestles 
         with me 
  the same mystic horror story it wrestles with its richness of 
exorcists 
of symbols and incense-perfumed ritual 
       a staple of 
evil it 
wrestles with 
the same material for 
    horrored epochs it 
wrestles with 
     the 
same the most mysterial horror catholicism 
      its richness of evil traffics in awe 
        which is 
a closely related 
emotion right up through a fox’s 
     current 
terror stories it 
         wrestles with the terrible iteration

TWO

     like the young pope beginning on friday 
          and showing 
on sunday and showing 
         on 
sunday 
         and showing sunday 
and showing 
   sunday and 
showing 
on 
sunday and showing on 
sunday 
    and showing sunday and 
        showing on 
sunday on sundays and 
      showing on sundays 
  and

THREE

   little-respected american the 
church 
conservatives and a bridge 
between 
church conservatives 
and 
a bridge 
between 
  establishment 
        led by the 
          orange vatican the church establishment led 
by the name 
pius 
florida hopes 
      he will be a telegenic puppet and a bridge 
between 
    church 
conservatives and a 
bridge between 
          church 
        establishment led by the name 
              hopes he will be 
a telegenic puppet and 
    a bridge between church establishment and conservatives and a bridge 
         between establishments

FOUR

law is but his 
belief turnt out 
an unlucky 
number 
      the new pop-culture literate he’s hooked 
     on cherry coke zero he’s hooked 
      on 
   cherry coke 
zero he’s hooked on cherry coke zero he — well he’s 
     hooked on cherry coke zero he’s hooked 
          on cherry 
coke zero he’s 
     the president now 
   is 
        superficially novel: he’s 
        hooked on cherry coke zero 
he’s hooked 
      on cherry coke zero he’s hooked on cherry coke 
       zero he’s hooked on cherry coke zero he’s 
     hooked on cherry coke zero he’s hooked on cherry 
coke zero he’s hooked on cherry coke zero he’s hooked on 
      cherry coke zero he’s hooked on 
cherry coke zero he’s hooked up

FIVE

  now meet 
people where the 
faithful compromise lays 
faithful 
   compromise 
that the 
faithful compromise 
that they are but a bridge 
but without compromise that the faithful compromise 
   that they are but a 
bridge but a bridge but a bridge but withdrawal bridge but with a drawbridge 
          but 
without drawing too sharp a point and he’s pulling 
          himself 
   up not to meet the people 
the faithful compromise 
that they 
are but withdrawn and ecumenicism     lit af
       it must not meet people where 
         the faithful lay
compromise is that they are 
        but a bridge but a bridge 
but drawbridge but drawbridge 
but withdrawn and 
ecumenical; 
he must not 
a bridge be

SIX

break the seal oh confessor spurning 
      the nun who raised him sees an orphan 
is an 
        orphan 
          as an 
       orphan 
is 
        an orphan 
   as 
a 
tyrant he has 
an orphan is an orphan 
eats 
a 
         tyrant has an orphan in his eye
   he 
has an 
orphan's offal 
         as a tired tyrant 
      as an opal 
as an orphan 
as confessor spurning 
        the 
seal of esuli, rifugiati e sfollati de mezzo america 
the curia’s influence he’s a 
       tyrant he has an orphan    priest confess

SEVEN

only god says you have a terrifying 
crowd in st peter’s 
         square hope 
for 
a terrifying will 
never be close to 
       one’s 
fellow man 
forget man forget man forget man 
forget man 
      forget man forget man forget man forget man 
  forget man 
      forget 
man 
forget man forget 
        man forget man 
         forget man forget man 
   forget 
man forget 
man forget 
man 
forget man 
forget man forget man forget 
man forget 
  man forget 
     man forget man forget man forget man forget man forget 
man 
   forget 
    man forget 
man forget man 
    forget 
  man forget man forget man forget man 
forget me

EIGHT

only as a furious shadow on the 
balcony shoot video for dramatic
maneuverings 
         church maneuverings 
      church movements and 
appear 
only as a 
      furious shadow on a balcony 
which elevated social media platform 
         a 
   visual 
maximalist         explore 
the 
drama 
of finding god through 
         isolation
church maneuverings
church movements 
appear only as a furious 
    shadow on 
     a balcony

NINE

     disjointed art-house vacation 
this moment that’s what the 
young pope 
is 
     but 
it’s 
what the 
young pope is 
but what is the young 
pope but 
      a pulpy and disjointed art-house 
       vatican of pulp and joint  
it’s what the young 
          pope is

TEN

it’s weakest the closer it sticks 
set 
pieces it's
weakest the closer it stands set pieces it’s 
weakest 
the closer it sticks 
      to 
its narrative intrigue 
narrative church impresa 
         with histrionics and 
      mustache-twirling and 
bombastic weakness
        the closer it 
       sticks to its narrative weakness 
       it sets its weakest pieces beside its epic 
      histrionics grown like a mustache

ELEVEN

young pope — he 
actually 
    calls himself that — 
i am the young pope 
       — 
i actually call 
myself that 
— 
    i 
put no 
stock in ether 
drafted to seduce 
a jealous meteor 
there’s an absurd 
       subplot in which     this
italianate conscientiousness actually calls 
       law stand with me in the puddle
as 
christ the vernacular 
      is lowered and i know it 
    sounds insane 
     if not 
blasphemous but it’s sacred and appallingly weird 
this
kind of 
  holy 
anger 
our eyes 
cycling 
cold lightning an abandoned child an orphan an opal a tyrant         faith 
a kind of misanthropy no one loves 
which is why i’m prepared for 
everyone

Wikipedia Poem, No. 348

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“The first and perhaps most fundamental [rule] involves the proposition that form cannot materialize or mutate unless it struggles against resistance in the process … [This proposition exists in and around] a ritualized realm of competition, exhibition, and idolization that is associated in our collective cultural unconscious with masculine identity.” Nancy Spector

cobblestone
result despite
the monuments

one-day
problems
are still

in modern-day roubaix
sunday concern
mechanical profession

difficult condition
annually the esteem
the result the queen

tyre puncture road
the school then
indifficult in its raphaelite

symmetries of iconogram
what separates whom
from scene when

the school
of the artistic
motif

all changelings
perfect figure
quiet scholars

sol of socrates
as it appears
to earth far removed

by windows that
third wave elevates
the fresco

and aristotle
quite wrong
echoes emphasis