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

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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

Saffron Saffron

Wikipedia Poem, No. 454

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ONE drawn on saffron scarves
   drawn and chanted        hail lord ram!l lord ram!l lord ram!l 
lord ram!l lord ram!l lord     ram!l lord ram!l    lord ram!l lord ram!l lord ram!l 
lord ram!l        lord ram!l   lord         ram!l lord ram!l lord         ram!l lord 
ram!l lord ram!l lord        ram!l lord ram!l lord ram!l lord ram!l lord   ram!l 
lord ram!l lord ram!l lord ram!l lord ram!l lord ram!l lord ram!l lord   ram!l lord 
ram!rawn and chanted     hail lord ram!l lord         ram!l       lord         ram!l 
lord ram!l lord ram!l lor  

TWO         shops          that have since           been shut and them identify 
thousands of muslim-run butchers'     shops them identify thousands of muslim-run 
butchers' shops     the street youths           talking officers to hindu girls 
informers police officials say helping to stop       muslim-run butchers' shops that 
have since been shut and urging officials say helping them identify thousands of 
muslim-run    butchers' shops the streetice officers to stop muslim-run     
butchers' shops the streetto stop muslim-run           butchers' shops that have 
since   been        shut and urging officers to stop muslim youths talking          
to hindu girls in them 

THREE      the dominance of india's main religion which he felt was being eroded       
by yogi adityanath a       priest and politia         set up in       zero zero zero 
zero        by yogi adityanath a private militia set up in zero zero zero zero  by 
minority faithscian to assert the     dominance of india's main religion which he 
felt        was being eroded by minority faithstion which he felt was being eroded 
by minority faithsician to assert the hindu yuva vahini    (hindu yuva vahini (hindu 
yuva    vahini (hindu yuva vahini (hindu yuva vahini (hindu       yuva vahini (hindu 
yuva vahini (hindu yuva      vahini (hindu yuva vahini (hindu         yuva         
vahini (hindu youth force 

FOUR        to zero zero zero  million       last month to chief minister of uttar 
pradesh home to chief minister of uttar pradesh home to chief           minister of 
uttar pradesh home to chief minister        of uttar    pradesh    home emboldened 
openly proclaiming its    hindu roots and putting its       hindu roots and putting 
pressure on policeter of uttar pradesh home emboldened openly promotion people of 
uttar pradesh    home to zero zero zero         million last month to           
chief minister of uttar pradesh home emboldened openly promotion people of uttar 
pradesh     home emboldened openly proclaiming      its hindu roots and putting its 
hindu roots and putting i 

FIVE       country's secular statusd known for       his fiery      anti-muslim 
rhetoric and   a campaign against love jihad — or the country's secular statususs 
the conversion of hindu women to islam — has          shocked some indians who say 
it undermines the conversion         of      hindu        women to islam — has 
shocked      some indians who say it undermines the country's secular statusnversion 
of hindu women to islam — has shocked some indians who say       it undermines the       
country's secular statusn to islam — has shocked some indians       who say it 
undermines the conversion of hindu women to islam     —      has shocked 

SIX    that have erupted sporadical      hindu-first policies with the potential       
to stoke communal to stoke communal to stoke       communal to   stoke communal     
to stoke communal tensions that     have erupted sporadically through india's zero 
zero -year history india's zero zero -year        historyhrough india's    zero zero 
-year historyicies with the potential to stoke communal to stoke communal to stoke 
communal to stoke communal to stoke communal to          stoke communal tensions       
that have erupted sporadical hindu-first policies with the potential to stoke 
communal tensions that      have erupted sporadical hindu-first policies with the          
periodic decline

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Source: Jain, Rupam. “Hardline Hindu Youth Call The Shots On Streets Of Uttar Pradesh”. Reuters India. N.p., 2017. Web. 22 Apr. 2017.

America Waves

Wikipedia Poem, No. 439

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“It is snowing and now / it is raining and slush is all the mud / Manhattan can hope for / yet if it holds / we may have flowers all / over the sidewalks after / all” Frank O’Hara

 

promote rock needles
the reservation last year stands
very fossil fueled that mr trump adopts
but some slime became a ghost symbol

of needle reservation last a nearby grassy hill
families and the peptide stripes of empty tribute
dayglo tribes empty days tribes in a thousand tattered
promises promote empty days tribe empty days

tribes in tattered pro-drilling lifts please pledge
to the president’s promises the presidents promises to their
hawk stars in the osage betrayal of names
of thousands of tattered promises the worst tribes

french tribes american tribes thousands tattered tribes include
empty days tribes in orange to the pale yellow halls that
mr trump adopted but some hen if he brings regulation
look rock needle regulations or approve new pipelines

a global symbol of black needle ghosts
regulation its a nasty grassy hill
with families and familiars
like deep blue southwestern tatters

Wikipedia Poem, No. 379

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“Ti dico addio quando ti cerco Amore, / come il mio tempo e questo grigio vuole. / Oh, in te era l’ombra della terra e il sole, / e il cuore d’un fanciullo senza cuore.” Umberto Saba

       

publish    an unwitting  bump  
once his own of   red      bump going 
single green        he  
smith of garbage from the said   
he                 red  speaking 
ways of nature two big secretaries
       by           some other means 
don’t          —in his own minds 
answer— or less free- fan-dom
          it was colleagues what the stormcloud dismissed 
rest from         swarmic firmament directly
          days of garbage       dismiss            
but he said   hornet  because     of   a red art team  
(the      stop the drop    )he      smith     himself    
at the wronger for that american  
and sure escalater approach 
of the first americans can’t 
behind the efforts about  he when         horror erupts