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

Wikipedia Poem, No. 366

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“that / Strange and not unwonderful feeling, I have experienced this, this light, these trees, these birds, heard the very / Words you are saying, before, or, it all clicks into place and I know what you are about to say: ‘Please / Stop picking your nose'” James Schuyler

   munity of sabers
      a dot along a 
     busy drug-smuggling 
       out-way 
     he said they’re 
      pushing 
corridors 
          into southern arizona the remote community 
of sabers a dot along a 
   busy drug-smuggling out-way
he said 
  they’re 
          punishing 
corridors 
in a southern army soldier asked one 
    meridian rich weekend afternoon

     label 
it a militia and 
   scoff at them armed patrolling 
   the notion of others 
label 
      it 
a 
      militia and scoff at the notion 
  others label it 
      a militia 
and 
    scoff 
        at the housing 
   the housing the meridian rich  
construction but others rattle sabers on his hips
         the housing 
then sudden united startle

  led by 
its leash those were his dog 
        a 
   pitbull 
   named rocko 
by its 
  leash those 
    were his 
         dog a pitbull named 
    rocko by 
          its leash those 
   were his 
portable radio 
   had 
         intercepted 
      a 
40-caliber pistol and 
    and 
     scrambled communications his two 
       weapons his portable 
radio had 
intercepted he 
held a 
40-caliber 
pistol in hand and 
          and 
          and and and and and

Wikipedia Poem, No. 365

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For Andrey Karlov, Mevlut Mert Altintas and victims of violence everywhere

and instead
the associated press
powerful because highly graphic

their reaction liberates of them
perpetrators of the same is
many among the perpetrators

the periodicals of revulsion though toward one’s blind back
about those who did see so what
it was a shooting this idea of war

we have seen burning reproduce
photographers captured outrageous going
their actual liberties their reactional imperatives

the scarlet effect they help define it
they help develop it even monotonously
the immediate introduction of the photographer is

immediately possessed
it should change but a 9-year-old changes later
no matter the is

i thought aloud about the pictured moment
the scarlet banging when they were and these
police continue powerful as a war

even more
the gunmen
we help the defining of this

the 9-year-old’s reaction
the historian executed
a good battle photograph captures conflict then defines the picture

with outrageous acts
outrageous actuals of said i
this republic of the dead

is also powerful
is because is
no one is asking it    is it

Veglia, by Giuseppe Ungaretti

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Veglia

Un’intera nottata
Buttato vicino
A un compagno
Massacrato
Con la sua bocca
Digrignata
Volta al plenilunio
Con la congestione
Delle sue mani
Penetrata
Nel mio silenzio
Ho scritto
Lettere piene d’amore

Non sono mai stato
Tanto
Attaccato alla vita

Cima Quattro, il 23 dicembre 1915

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Vigil

The whole night
Discarded
Beside a friend
Massacred
His mouth
Chewed up
Beside the full moon
Mashed
Into his hands
Penetrating
My silence
I have written
Love letters

I’d never been
Much
Attached to life

Peak Four, December 23, 1915

translated by Joseph M. Gerace

 

Wikipedia Poem, No. 325

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“Where ever I go to claim / my flesh, there are entrances / of spirit. And even its comforts / are hideous uses I strain / to understand.” Amiri Baraka

 

fraud and but everything like wordlessness
imm not worse — less income and his rallies
themselves come depending to longishness

“People are going to march on the capitols.”

like that he might now
the new york times shooting
high above eighth avenue on november

“If push comes to shove she has to go
by any means necessary, it will be done.”

eight from the top of her pussy
caught there that if she done into a riot
concerns a many neighborhood

“It’s not what I’m going to do, but
I’m scared that the country is going to go into a riot.”

goes not what her husband didn’t say
but shoulda said that if the crows
never settle over the crowds imma be still

“Unfortunately, I’m not a man of vigilante violence.
But I do think there will be a large amount of people that are terribly upset
and may take matters into their own hands.”

he take matters into pointed politics you
know some lose their face inside uninformation
rigging the ballot be who owns a handslide

“Sometimes reformation comes through bloodshed.”

you go inton at thers
as there themself
imma bible christ

Wikipedia Poem, No. 284

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solicitation
the lasting sting-pain
poet in the dark

bullet as diligent research bound
an advanced pain a dark desert
handcuffed de-terrene wrists

target where the adapting-pain
on pique-white predators tactical best
of the poet not some bluish-purplement in heavy traffic

the same stockeyed honey bee
pain scaled up to life    for it is
that

more
life hours of morning
things failing the harvest

the poet’s own industry
from history
repelled forward

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