Security Forces

struggle in hand the jump
and cut of bloodless bone
of beak notorious for weight
lessness what does it cost
a useless periphery universe?

Searcey, Dionne, and Emmanuel Akinwotu. “Nigeria Says Soldiers Who Killed Marchers Were Provoked. Video Shows Otherwise.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 17 Dec. 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/12/17/world/africa/nigeria-military-abuses.html.

Circuit Dice Coffee Dramaturge

Wikipedia Poem, 875

atropos

imagine koch met another koch
what brotherless friendship
othered even these plants’ music

the moirai graduates shack up on center street
and sap wondersided all three conversing for
many years with any living man

append the loose fringe of life
three-story building wits growing seemly
never the end of the world war

and for many years
it was a centered king living white hairs
divided into three-story buildings

and for many years
it was a quarrel
overrule eating anyone

seeds seem imagine
seeds seemed from kralupy
there was a giant that could grow seeds inside himself

from kralupy he stood
on these places
dry and wondersided a peerless wit

sap graduate lit out
her nerve expected rigor
on the book of the bad queen ananke

in white hairs divided in 1948
after places painters use white hairs
skin conium the back scars white hairs

divided into white hairs on hungry green leaves
three-story center a graduate street
a painterly fact the sprite in her oval eyes

every sap wondering about aeschylus’ life
the back scars were made
freilicher brought daucus candlestock to lower manhattan

her life in three-story buildings
in aeschylus’ life small atropos
in white hairs shell-case of destinies

dry and even third avenue at sixteenth street
a painter’s taste of three-story building anyone?
seems imaginable so much beautiful writing

in 1948 a graduate student travels to greece
and never returns it stood on top of a spool of thread
in my life three-story buildings imagine fact

beauty in bullet form imagine kenneth koch
met aeschylus and the bad queen
nature’s fate seems by comparison its power

fact: the case of places
dry and very small
atropos in our life

he powers
the center
of hope

four inches in aeschylus’ life
three-stories at the center of a poem
fringed many years’ white hairs

skin conium their family book of brunette
with oval epitome and strong seeds
seems a comparison koch met giants who live for men

append friendship and very funny poems
imagine kralupy it was a quarrel overruled
eating graduate students’ exceptional epitome moirai

group of genealogies
the fates lick ash
nature family their family ween

ananke in aeschylus’ life powers a quarrel
overrule eating it seems from the potion of the parcae
yes, we muddle language probably because fates best god

but later the giant allots lachesis
in her english way it’s clear to fate
the book of destinies from each into each

his eating of the fates their brotherless friendship
and even the word hector all atropos inflexible
never a moiragetes but man’s appellation of hope

four inches long
seeds seeds seeds
dry and euripides’ poison hemlock

conium that centers fact
the end of places
in this dry medical form

Empedocles and Exaenetus (Wikipoem for My Father)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 824

PROVE2D

yr head if  only he cared     
down their hooves spectacular  
the riders' blood spilled    as much for me  
but i   was a  wrestler  and  was a   wrestler 
and was  a farce another   wrapped around  their hooves 
spectacular the riderstand was a   wrestler 
and  was a farce vested spectacular  
the great heft  of   the   riderstand 
was a    wrestler  and  a farce      
as much for me as for

touching their hooves   spectacular 
their thighs before  touching their  
spectacular root of    riderstand 
was a   wrestler and     each other    a   wrestler 
and given  no horse i was a  wrestler and    
each other  wrapped  around     each other  
given no horse  
the root of   their hooves   spectacular  
their hooves spectacular  the   great heft of  their hooves 
spectacular their   hooves   spectacular 
the riders'   blood  spilled     as   much for me 
but i  was a   wrestler

Download this Free Zine about Appropriated Birds

Caskets is a 16-page zine about appropriation, hotdogs, death, America, war, gargantuan planes and microscopic birds. Please download, share, and distribute illegally in libraries, museums, squat houses and corporate gyms. Thank you, as always, for reading. More at wikipoem.org.

‘There Are No Innocent People in Gaza’

Wikipedia Poem, No. 752

tamim-3-sm

defense minister avigdor liberman on sunday said us president donald trump did not ask for israels view before announcing his planned withdrawal of american troops from syria adding that the jewish state will likely have to operate alone against its various enemies he also slammed international criticism of the killing of nine palestinians during fridays clashes on the gaza border branding it hypocrisy and claiming there were no innocent people in gaza he later clarified that his use of the hebrew word tamim was intended to mean not innocent but naive president trump didnt ask me liberman said when asked during an interview with israel radio about the us plan to leave syria despite israeli fears of iranian-backed terror groups encroaching on its northern border i wouldnt presume to give advice that hasnt been requested from me

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Source: Bachner, Michael. “Liberman Signals Trump Didn’t Consult with Israel on Syria Withdrawal.” The Times of Israel, 8 Apr. 2018. 10:15 a.m. Web.

Portrait of John Kelly

Wikipedia Poem, No. 643

portofkelly

“What they did want to hear was what the War Department was doing to put into practice the democracy preached by the administration. ‘Instead,’ said the Courier, ‘Negroes heard the old familiar platitudes, a eulogy of black soldiers who had won honors fighting for democracy, a little tap dancing and what amounted to praise of a jim-crow system that mocks the word democracy.” Roi Ottley, November 1941

       of a person
     of a provision
    an interview 
with laura ingraham 
on slavery    

this statement that provision          what a paragraph      
in our   constitutional          fact     quiet       chief of the man     
clearly   state       what you know    the x of the matter
that     provision is known          in fact     
that chief is quite able to reach    three-fifths of a man    
that        would bleach           his constitution 
in our great american i    con 
returned to   ignorance at the first fugitive slave       african-american-american-american-american-american-american-american-american-american 
rights of 1854     which sad compromise was that       chief
their      major   choice think about     choice kansas nebraska missouri whoever       
cast out of balance on whether black slavery     slaves were         truly people or not 
would residents balance     their interest against an interest-bearing heat or heart 
on slavery     slaves     slave    esclave    chattel    trash     one man    one woman
which fugitive       rights       movement   their value allowed terminology 
in          black       bodied neighborhoods    of the night
compared with      property deeds        covenant on two knees     
which allowed homeowners to place     the black people’s spark      in escrow 
what is a right      new fights movement for a movement 
the prewar      comparison        with the value of legacy 
black neighborhoods     fleeting on black bodies

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Sources:

Cauley, Kashana. “Slavery Thrived on Compromise, John Kelly.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 31 Oct. 2017, www.nytimes.com/2017/10/31/opinion/slavery-kelly-civil-war-compromise.html.

Ottley, Roi. “Negro Morale: 1941.” Reporting Civil Rights: American Journalism 1963-1973. New York: Library of America, 2003. Print. 5-10.

“I’m expecting to see a new Hiroshima.”

Wikipedia Poem, No. 626

rukus-sm

“Two monster snakes in bristling steely sheen / Did guileful Hera send in bitter hate / Upon the babes their maw to satiate.” Theocritus (trans. James Henry Hallard, 1894)

                 said he 
  was eager to get home but bracing 
himself for what he might see       ill be lucky

  
              celebrations 
had already begun in 
       raqqa    
      still          led forces said on tuesday


rivals 
like 
kurds and arabs in both iraq        
 celebrations had already begun in raqqa      
          office


all fighting         
           declared a caliphate      declared a caliphate  
       i     
    declare a caliphate


      led forces said he 
was 
     eager to get home but bracing himself for what he might see 


               led airstrikes that they had taken all fighters were 
clear        
said on tuesday

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Source: Barnard, Anne. “U.S.-Backed Forces Capture Raqqa From ISIS.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 17 Oct. 2017, www.nytimes.com/2017/10/17/world/middleeast/isis-syria-raqqa.html.

Strange Candy

Wikipedia Poem, No. 613

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“Crack, crack, old ship! so long as thou crackest, thou holdest!” Melville

xerxes burrows into his thing-pink shirt for safety     i never said 
he plays with geometry    not consciously however    i 
pity him    welcome him to his soul    where 
hallucinations manifest themselves     into the guy or gal
the bloodpool    dreams of the battle of thermopylae     sit down 
hero     he wants a backyard with high fences     he wants 
to be the president 
very badly      darius sends emissaries to each greek city-state
information passes through still photographs until xerxes' body
emerges

 

Therapy (Pulling Red Thread)

Wikipedia Poem, No. 483

wiki483

   dazzle in bayonne
them i 
spot the battleship a 
brave 
   thing in me 
but 
      better in college 

baionnette
bayonne
diminutive bayon

i am a 
human who 
     sits unlike a trough 
purchased long at 
the 
      academic front leaking

a long narrow open container 
for animals 
to eat or drink 
out of

        control 
    frightens
thought

thread-eye
rarely painted red