Sunday, December 23, 2018

Fallacy of the perfect dictionary

I want battalions
No metaphor or fact
Beautiful horse or storm
With a chance it will kill

Passed out to perfection
Too close to repulse
Our adrenal event
Celebrates the scepter class

The shadow defense
Happily draped
Nothing but an effect
You are confirmed in seat 21C

Goosefat & gristle
Caws to muscle
Who's buried in the floor
Who wants to know

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Equalizer - Third Series

PDF of The Equalizer #3 - with bookmarks for sections

If you download, it's a bit easier to navigate. Thx to editor Michael Schiavo.

Samuel Ace
Jeff Alessandrelli
Zachary Anderson
Rae Armantrout
Steve Barbaro
Alan Bernheimer
Elizabeth Bevilacqua
Cathleen Bonner
Ana Bozicevic
Julian Talamantez Brolaski
Simon Brown
Megan Burns
Jenna Cardinale
Ching-In Chen
Lauren Rose Clark
Shane Clements
Clark Coolidge
Jack Davis
Jordan Davis
Shira Dentz
Christopher DeWeese
Cody Donovan
Trezlen Drake
Carolina Ebeid
Zack Finch
Jessica Fisher
Graham Foust
Benjamin Friedlander
Schuyler Greenway
Phillip Griffith
Luke Hankins
Nathan Hauke
Maximilian Heinegg
Destiny Hemphill
Walidah Imarisha
Mason Just
Robin Kirby
Michael Lally
Ricardo Alberto Maldonado
Carlos Gomez Marquez
Maya Marshall
Charlie Martin
Farid Matuk
Charlee Meiners
Lynn Melnick
Catherine Meng
Sharon Mesmer
Philip Metres
Robert Mittenthal
Gina Myers
Sanjana Nair
Urayoán Noel
Alice Notley
Dylan Nutter
Jena Osman
John Pluecker
Alex Quinn
Raquel Salas Rivera
Anthony Robinson
Judith Roitman
Jan Sanderson
Adam Strauss
Jacob Sunderlin
Eileen R. Tabios
Adam Tedesco
TC Tolbert
Gabriella Torres
Sarah Trudgeon
Jennifer Tseng
Vickie Vértiz
Emylisa Warrick
Afaa Michael Weaver
Stephen Scott Whitaker
Geoffrey Young
Timothy Yu

Monday, December 17, 2018


I trust the hammer
Idyllic tears & tributaries
back basin echo to sign the air
to trap the fish

Your low center of gravity
somersaults to evade
Niagara’s request
was it Destroy all monsters or the MC5
lacking the love Iggy required
Stooges unable to answer

A riot not a strike
no misnomer
happily withdrawn
Cave of our own making
how do you spell
lost words how do you spell
missing ingredient
your article too kind
the Utopian airways
boat floating all boats
what is or equals
echo and Narcissus

I rest my case
painful letters cascade
loop after loop
here to perform the vanishing trick
Haunted illusion
false to its own memory
They say it is curtains
named for the Roman gods
who hammered the water

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Duck and Coverlet

Full glass
take half
yogurt & salt
submerge in olive oil
apply pepper

Repeat the following week
Recipe for form
clipped back into sound
Our ship hidden
hounded by gulls
absent the foul taste

Denial is a siren song
I dreamt I was in the engine car or caboose
someone said do not feel what you are feeling
do not enter the arms of the feral beast
this is how the world ends
Follow the marching ants & form a ball
a bridge in which the future is written
A world of diagrams & intercept points

Thursday, December 13, 2018

It's after the end of the world

‎I'd seen him
singing Soviet songs on his stroll

If we were centipedes
Lost in our own footnotes
What new light trapped inside

I tied tubes
walked to the shoal
Another day at the thought collective
Sound of ducks landing
on the interstate
Motioned to appeal the motion
Imprisoned in the wave that follows
Beyond where we can see

6 minutes to dissolve
to undermine this moment
red hull 
stars on the sea

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Empathy toolkit

Looked for rational limits
Gave myself to machines
to the accumulation of lost counts
Took truth off the market
Denounced myself in 25 words or less

If inoculation is overrated
I need proper nouns
not enough pop in the punch
to counter levels of abstraction in the time required
Is it time I asked myself
Compassion not capitulation
Is it about to rain
a poem invoking or inducing rain
No living to make until the living makes you

This is the new fake me to the tune of
50,000 or jail time or was it twinkle twinkle little star
followed by the hegemony of what we want 
We want Architecture to breed the negative
to fire that fungal thing
to connect Tree to shining tree
not Capital's unquenchable thirst
Donner Party of six billion
(too many served or starved)
Each vampire homes in and hides out
Each zombie shoeless unvested

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

I am not Apollo but plague him

Of all her words none
gendered unfortunate
Lost if the message comes out

The only question is
who moved into this life
no breakfast or lunch

Mother of all ghosts
can't double back
sounding alarm for Apollo

What’s the name of that song
what’s the voice of that voice
the infernal exit back on the highway

I am not Apollo but plague him