Breakfast in Bed (Overnight Iranian Forces Fire)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 778

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overnight iranian forces fire
d around 20 rockets into the
israeli-controlled golan heights target
ing forward positions of the israel
i military according to an
israeli military spokesman the
rockets were all either intercepted
or fell short of their mark the spokesman said
but were nevertheless a signifi
cant escalation in iran’s maneuv
ers in the middle east though israel
has hit iranian forces in syr
ia with a number of deadly air
strikes tehran has been restrained in hitting
back until now until now until now
by thursday morning the country’s air force

Colonial Backwash

 

Wikipedia Poem, No. 700

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simple hunger from the eastern shore just past edge of frame the worst violence is a hunger for power the open ocean from the brutal american nurture by all of us drowned saying hunger from the pacific creation’s backyard deemed too far think of horror the you ess frigate united states out on these lighteenth shipped wars well done not in theory the viewer perhaps observes it is colonialism how this hunger from the easy station of the worst violence metaphor what resources today from india flint china mahwah mountainside vietnam bangladesh syria sperm whale alabama lead-in-the-water san diego staten island hackensack happiness within us all

“One should aim to memorize the precise point on the map to retrieve those pleasures.”

Wikipedia Poem, No. 694

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you logic in softness             please so stay 
rodents surface war again some sinful slime a boar ever in bush

you pinch birch
crush them between bite the seconds count to 206 degrees

you posit soft chew 
that proof of god in the bark not weak    please again don't knock

Violence / In modest tints arrayed / Within the silent shade

Wikipedia Poem, No. 602

“When I was a younger man / I could feel the entire world / But now that I’m older…” Busdriver

After Jane Taylor and Hoa Nguyen

verbal but not a lover who attunes illusion
nor is the lover a poem learning to walk on sand somatic stand-in
size and broadway that aggravates its homonym thinking about
him whether this lover meant moat or mote

slight quant of allusion is the specious condition of dollar
which aggravates you walking into the spinning fire
euclid measures across the lull of a dog and me steaming
a mouthful of rod starvations of posture impeccable

shorts tossed off like shirts like a healer‬-reader of wallace mic
eagle james american dream sketch paper corpse tree appears in the wild
a slight but specific plume men are taught that one wakes to his bodies
lined like a baking sheet matthew supermodel baraka my dollar

which aggravates that specious condition that attuned the dog outward
my dog ill and steaming a mouthful of patina-thought of whistle ‪men
taught at the front which aggravates the looming cross the tiki torch
now a dog steaming how to transform our shared conditional maw

To Think and Choose in America Now

Wikipedia Poem, No. 576

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“What can I do to myself? Bones / and dusty skin. Heavy eyes twisted / between the adequate thighs of all / humanity (a little h), strumming my head / for a living. Bankrupt utopia sez tell me / no utopias. I will not listen. (Except the raw wind / makes the hero’s eyes close, and the tears that come out / are real.” Amiri Baraka, 1964

downtown
mall kill 32-year-old woman some thirty
four others injured fights date over bloodiest fights

date over
bloodiest
city’s choice

remove
statue robert e lee nationalists no plan
demolition

nineteen rally city’s choice remove
statue robert
e lee

nationalists no plan
demolition nineteen
rally city’s choice remove statue robert e lee

nationalists no plan
demolition nineteen rally
city’s

choice remove
statue robert e
lee nationalists no plan

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choice remove statue robert e lee nationalists no

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demolition nineteen rally city’s
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robert e
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nineteen rally city’s choice remove statue robert e
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nationalists no
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nineteen
rally city’s downtown mall kill 32-year-old woman
some

thirty
four others
injuredition nineteen rally

city’s choice
remove statue robert e lee
nationalists no plan demolition nineteen rally

city’s downtown mall
kill 32-year-old
woman some

thirty four
others
injuredition nineteen rally city’s choice remove

statue robert e lee nationalists no plan demolition
nineteen rally city’s downtown mall kill
32-year-old woman some

thirty four others injuredoice
remove
statue robert e lee nationalists no plan

demolition nineteen rally city’s choice
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lee

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no plan demolition nineteen rally city’s choice
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nineteen rally city’s
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32-year-old woman some thirty four others injuredition nineteen rally

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Sources: 

Stolberg, Sheryl Gay, and Brian M. Rosenthal. “State of Emergency Declared in Charlottesville After Protests Turn Violent.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 12 Aug. 2017. Web. 13 Aug. 2017.

Baraka, Amiri. “History as Process.” Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation, Dec. 1964. Web. 13 Aug. 2017.

On The Media

Warm

warm we link arms before the brawl breaks our ranks
we touch again     ineffectual   fist to ineffectual face
we are touched again to be peeled apart    sprayed 
toward sobbing   and held again in rapturous pain   do you remember
now   singing by torchlight?   do you remember the strange sounds
of which we are capable?   the moan the mutter
the laugh around campfire and when campfires tamp
and glow   and our bodies   just cool of a blister
kind and momentary   sister to sister
brother to brother   all else like a staircase rises up
or helps us descend   in time
it is a struggle   to keep cool   to fight with
one's own fire   the necessary stoke and recoil.

Notes from an iPhone

Wikipedia Poem, No. 527

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“it is impossible not to hunger for eternity” Jorie Graham

men stand at car windows
knock on car windows
crystal stemware

in the lonely gardens of
masculinity crystal
stemware knocking watch

mediterranean men
stand watch stand
in the lonely

gardens
of skinny
mediterranean

men standing off
fingers off
antique replicas of skinny offers

skinny mediterranean
men stand at the skinny windshield
crystal stemware knock on car windows

crystal stemware knock
car windows and windshields
crystal stem knock car windows

crystal knock in car windows
crystal stemware knock the car
wind whip the window

crystals stemware
knocking
fingers

off antique
replicas of
masculinity

mediterranean
men men men
standing watch

in
the lonely
gardens

of skinny
mediterranean standards at car windows
dirty crystal

stemware knock
car
windows into begging

crystal
crystal
stemware knock knock

crystal car windows
crystal stemware
watch

in the lonely gardens of skinny
mediterranean men standing
fingers

off antique replicas of masculinity
poems?
his vicious

iron
hammer
bursting

watch
in the lonely gardens of
masculinity

his
vicious
iron hammer bursting car

windows
crystal
stemware knocking

watching
in the
lonely garden

Statistical Analysis as Genitalia (Have Data, Will Fuck)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 523

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“when a self can (through language, memory, research and invention) project itself everywhere, and can empathize with anyone or anything, what exactly is a self?” David Shields

served as a keeper   object acting or 
coil archaic   plant from ärmə cho͝or 
noun then: armor or   armatura or 
 
armor origin   original sense   
sense was armored   especially of 
a literary   work in which a volt
 
age is introduced   voltage is intro
duced by a liter   literary work   
through which a voltage   is molded with scent
 
century late mid   middle english from 
french from french from arm   mature plural noun 
noun armature is   induced by a 
 
magnet source of i   iron or coil   or plant archaic 
armature is mold   ed molded with scent   century late mid   
middle english from   from french from armed with   from arms armature

Pruned by Flowerheads

Wikipedia Poem, No. 470

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“A map for a new respiratory system. / Nitrous oxide replaced by tear gas. / Our head and face boundaries collapse. // Now: cut across the canvas.” Theodoros Chiotis

if not changing then
flowering but coiled
around one's jaw 
pruned by flowerheads
        climbing from thoughtful
        pink illusions outside-in 
size color everything everywhere grown 
out of my heads (climbing despite
mainland macrophylla here in america    
which only grows in dangerous popular culture
the dangerous species is its own meaning 
some crumpled syrian estate 
pruned into blush red 
flowering plants in japan korea crimea
our ashen mainland

 

Poets Reading the News publishes ‘Agraphia’

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“Car 5”

A great poetry website, Poets Reading The News, has published another one of my poems, Agraphia, along with one my recent photos, Car 5 (above).

I’m extraordinarily fond, and proud, of this poem. It’s about the way that war and violence affect one’s humanity.

It begins with a quote from Gabriele de’ Mussi, a historian of sorts, who gave one account of the beginning of the black plague in Europe in the mid-14th Century.

He tells of the siege on Kaffa (now known as Feodosia in Crimea) in which the Mongols launched the rotten flesh of their own sick and infected soldiers over the city walls in order to weaken the defending forces — an early version of biological warfare.

Please read and share it. You mean the world to me.

Thanks for being a part of this crazy project.

— Joe