Sunday, August 7, 2022

Well-Meaning Congeries Of Poets Bringing Further Order To The Universal Order Of Things

--on some lines by Rebecca Solnit* 

 
Billions upon billions 
Of stars given 
 
In the universe but how 
Is it we make our own 
 
Constellations? 
 
 
*"The stars we are given. 
The constellations we make."

 

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Resolute Irresolution Of The Wishy-Washy

True as can be 
To ourselves, what it is 
 
That must be unequivocally 
Stated ad infinitum 
 
Is that we are always 
Lying in wait, ever ready 
 
To lie to ourselves 
Again and again, 
 
Till it all comes out white- 
Washed to no end. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Emily's Drone Anywhere And Everywhere

When I first saw that small 
Swallow on 
The telephone wires jabbing 
With its beak into what I first took 
For thin air, I just had 
To zero in for a closer look, 
 
And sure enough there it was, 
That maddening almost imperceptible 
Fly trying to find a chink 
In the bird’s armor and then— 
 
Can you believe it? 
Both flew to where 
I could not see to see. 
 
 
 
 

 

Friday, July 22, 2022

Enigma Sealed And Never Delivered

If, as you yourself so readily admit, 
You’re such an open book, why 
 
Is the one you’ve been working on 
All these years always shut, aye 
 
So far and away 
More than verily,
 
Very kaput. 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Monday, July 18, 2022

Ball-buster (After Archilochos)

Lo and behold, you 
Of the high- 
 
Blown ways, do you not 
See how low 
 
Your testes have fallen, 
Again? 
 
 
 

 

Friday, July 15, 2022

Keeping Up With The Papadopouloses

Where once there was 
An outhouse 
 
With swatches of news 
Paper nailed to bare brick 
 
Wall next to a gaping 
Hole, now indoors 
 
A fine vitreous fixture 
And a roll of three-ply
 
Soft ass-wipe unwound 
All the way down, touching 
 
Cool marble floor. 
 
–-Vassilis Zambaras 
 
 
From the debut issue of Defecation Reflex, which is (according to the editors’ mission statement) “an explosive and absorbing new upfront poetry magazine designed to blow the britches off the asinine mainstream poetry establishment.”

 

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Downtrodden

Justice reigns 

Supreme and holding 
Court only when endowed 
 
With the highest 
Esteem towards the lowest 
 
Of the lowly, unless 
The majority of the ‘highly 
 
Esteemed' powers that be
Just happen to be 
 
The lowest of the lowest 
Scum, perhaps you 
 
Don’t agree?
 
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