‘The Damaged Ape’ by Russell Edson

Ape, Hackensack, N.J., 2020

A little piece of the ape’s nostril had fallen off; and then we noticed one of its ears was chipped. On closer examination we saw that one of its fingernails was missing.

By this time, of course, we had grown to love the ape, but still we wondered if it shouldn’t be sent back for an undamaged one.

The guarantee slip was still attached to one of its ears: This ape is guaranteed in perfect working order on the day of the purchase.
But then we noticed something else written on the slip: Floor model, demonstration ape, reduced for quick sale.

Ah, so we did get a bargain without even knowing it.

The ape shyly smiles and presents its cheek for a kiss …

But later on in the evening a large hole develops in the ape’s stomach from what had seemed earlier only a tiny tear. And all evening we watched the ape’s insides slowly coming out all over the rug …

Source: Edson, Russell. The Tunnel: Selected Poems. Oberlin, OH: Oberlin College Press, 1994. Print.

Unterselfconsciousness

Wikipedia Poem, No. 985

automatic black curtain makes way for light within the system
for most of the art world’s subconscious — severe ghosts
pour through dreams with 16 inch kalashnikovs khan fiercely criticizes desire
examines the industrial printer of the black curtain
makes way for light herself the artist-activist now represents the system
at gagosian it’s hard to admit what she does for light the system infiltrates
dreams of the world’s subconscious khan examines the system
for the artist-activist the web of the art world’s humorous
political projects — objects of power — she’s the light within severe ghosts
dreams khan the art world’s unterselfconsciousness — her voice is different
from those of the living the armed ghosts the fierce critic
of her voice is a fierce critic of most artist-activists

the unsparing sky no one wants
the desires pressed against the roof
of her mouth that of the artist-activist
most of all the high severe ghosts
emigrating dreams of the fierce critic
her desires
examine the hidden bolshevik sky
no one wants — least of all
the art world’s subclass unconscious

To Psychoanalysis

Wikipedia Poem, No. 938

after Kenneth Koch

to die.

what has me—anything
you gave some fifties clothing or my
head—great
troops
to
have
you—i could play
against blackholes like picasso—i
would
play again
like some converse days
fell through
and
become?
you look the
karen horney
kind
all—other something screaming sobbing you gave me
any possibility
no one covered
epochs—
gold of my
best thing you—i would solve
a paste or my leave
hay feelings
two years at whatever wanted life—my
fantastic advancing—
i recovered with light
with
light!
comedy!
tragedy! tragedy! tragedy! tragedy!
tragedy! tragedy! tragedy!

White Bull

Wikipedia Poem, No. 857

andwept

would art be a battleground?
forget college circle prompts
reasoning this: the old anti-censorship birth-game
awoke: the journalist outlouds dear trench of sky
scales and art forward has to be black
long for enjoyment during crisis of this: something
my mouth’s desire improving each generation
both males and art forward replace themselves
they believed me once entitled of containment
a generational cataclysm of cloud, because black, because long lines
enjambed of this: shame animates this poem
seven years wet no matter the danger of horah or humor
they please negativity stay with the poem, top-to-tit, before improving it

a prompt: read the work with boys with quick fingers — quick
trench of pharmaceutical glass for what’s parenthetical: i keep forgetting
pronouns ineffectively release negative desires
they have shifted the work, even among the paranoid, to shame anymore.
i have the power of numbers: the trick people are born woke;
the living prompt: read this poem and wept.

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Source: Stich, Stephen P. “AUTONOMOUS PSYCHOLOGY AND THE BELIEF-DESIRE THESIS.” The Monist, vol. 61, no. 4, 1978, pp. 573–591. JSTOR, JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/27902562.

Content

content

This pattern supports previous research 
which found the beneficial potential 
for humor to release negative mood scales
and replace them 
with a positive
sense of euphoria 
or elation.

Both males and females appear to benefit 
from the enjoyment 
of specific humor
          content
when angered.

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Source: Prerost, F. (1995). Sexual desire and the dissipation of anger arousal through humor appreciation; Gender and content issues. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 23, 45-52.

Debating Secularism in the Afterlife (Stenched Pop Icon)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 842

garlic-sm

a group to watch foreign of russian 
oligarchs 
trump 
courth-round loss been a 
          rap 
record
   5h ago
photographs that 
       a times have 
          stenched pop icon 
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midwife
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a placed by a months reviews 
      and memoir coversion
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          and source push back
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cornell jeenah moon the florida primary election they 
are 
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paul krugman
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Death by Empiricism

Wikipedia Poem, No. 837

DBE

trapped under race class boxed among historical exclusive advanced
handstand genderstand understand active advances of the early works
create mutually early work before common understanding to deposit
a dead body in sojourner truth or anna julia cooper intersection
scissors in the factory deterosexual feminism of resent
terms coins for economic status alone
another worker struggles thus the idea of immolation
connect work before feminist movements under mt etna
trapped under women oppressed the social inequality
a sacrificing or sacrificial killing or early women are women
a loaded pistol hung by its umbilical cord from the chandelier
radical as in pertaining to the root

Chase & Repoussé

Wikipedia Poem, No.  826

SUNFLOWER-718

subtle white clover
yields at dawn
shifting cubes of light
pliant suburban lawn
chase and repoussé

Welcome to Lotus Land (after Tony Hoagland)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 816

Maker:0x4c,Date:2017-9-26,Ver:4,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar01,E-Y

Because therapy heals all worlds: 
Welcome to Lotus Land.

The workers
        the proletariat
        the sea-mines
        the TSA Agents of the Mind
                shoot back to zip me away from gnosis.
Their neon swims across my whimsy metrics 
        in the small, air conditioned room.
Whales tornado a hundred thousand phrenology busts.
Warm, oozing cherry wood wands my birdcage.
Me in the center as a campfire. Beeping.

That's why I abandoned the mast for swine.
There's too much good television now. 
A speedboat mustn't consider sails. 

Odysseus' men slither across their barnacled flesh.  
A thousand Athenas for the taking. 
I chase the abandoned speedboat
        then give up the ghost.
Sacrifice can make me whole again,
        says the whales.

The workers — using only her blowholes — tie me 
        to the television above her 
        polystyrene-smeared lipstick. 
The workers tie on her marvelous golden sandals. 

This cool shade sweeps me.
You respond now.

Self-Service Self-Help Poem

Wikipedia Poem, No. 793

HYSTM6-sm

I’m very suspicious of our inherited kinds of science, its masculist authority and righteous will to power and fixed meanings.” Carolee Schneemann

         financially except 
for 
    a lucky few poets 
         unlikely 
relationship to 
capitalism or perhaps 
  the moon