Friday, December 31, 2010
Pugnacious muhfuhs packing twelve unruly
months up to the brink – while taking pundits’,
politicians’ and fanatics’ punches – uncomplainingly
sustaining bruises, black eyes, lumps, contusions –
blamed for everything that human beings do –
not to mention so-called “acts of God” – tsunamis,
global warming, killer flu. Lord help you if you
land in an unfashionable decade. 1962
was screwed till someone turned it into Mad Men.
Take Twenty-Ten: he took it on the chin:
no puny ancient Father Time, all done-in, bearded,
ninety-nine and in a pickle, carrying a sickle
in defeat as he limps out some last eternal door:
Twenty-Ten looks like an only slightly beat-up
forty-nine: he’d get into the ring for more
and do just fine. Luckily he doesn’t have to.
Midnight – one last long piss in the bathroom –
and he is outta here: gone to that big barroom
full of beer where he can spend whatever’s left
with friends – those other years who’ve cracked
the goofy mystery the rest of us call history.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
You think you must have known once how to do it
but you cannot for the life of you remember how –
literally for the life of you, were it to come to that,
you could not save the thing if what you had to do
to save it were to bring about romantic love:
to conjure up whatever ardor may define the heart
of it, sustain it into living being with another being.
You cannot hang your soul upon the hook of thinking
it’s a matter of discovering a lover: or of the sort
of blinking glorious extinction of the mind you could
effect through certain sorts of blindness long ago:
you’re in a different show. Oh, you know blood
and glow – and even maybe love of some strange
species: but whatever the organic apparatus
of you is, it isn’t interested in leaping or in weeping
or in fleeing. It’s mainly interested in seeing.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
(with gratitude to the former Secretary of State)
Apolitically – as is my wont –
and meaning not one whit of disrespect –
I have appropriated “Condoleezza Rice”
as quite the nicest bright concatenated
and most rippling sound of all the many
marvelous competitors my mouth has ever found:
one wag I know said when he heard the name
he’d reflex: “zesty side dish!” – cute, but:
pish! – it’s so much more delicious! –
how it lolls and trips and ululates all over
palate, teeth and lips – and how my soul
sips nectar when its spectral bliss
leaves that mysterious strange whiff again
just hovering there, shimmering before my nose.
I have supposed it into every part of speech:
I “Condoleezza Rice” instead of preach
or leech or bleach; “Decisively?” No! –
“Condoleezza Rice-ively;” song lyrics
ache for it to substitute: superior advances! –
“Condoleezza Rice exchanging glances” –
but mainly it’s the preternaturally fleet
sweet flexibility the name evokes:
luring swooning lyric whispers
out of sensuous syllabic cloaks! When I speak it
I tweak possibilities into a snaky scheme –
I am a writhing naked thing – a malleable dream!
You think I’m kidding, but I’m not. In a gerund:
Condoleezza Rice-ing hits the spot.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Five amply breasted women
and their orange cat
sneaked silently into my living
room while I was napping:
sat and murmured to each
other in a language
I had never heard, which
woke me up: friendly, though:
a touch of Dutch, perhaps? –
a strain of Finnish, Flemish,
Rhenish? – clucks and umlauts –
softly spluttering like
plump contented ducks. Nice
to have this clutch of femininity:
splendid round and warm
and breathing flesh with
all its massed and curved
accoutrements: a kaffeeklatsch
of not uncomely bundles
of the female: estrogen imbued
the air and made my lair
a different sort of den:
a Dionysian scent: a yen
to swoon into another sleep:
ladling a labile ladies’ perfume
through the place: a soft-edged
ambience of lace and laps
of sweet maternal heft. I drifted
off into another nap.
When I woke, they’d left.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Vanity’s a pig:
it slavers, over-eats.
It craves the very big.
Its blunt compulsive beats
drive it to madness –
worn pink, like sanity.
Its schemes of gladness –
and suave urbanity –
doom it to glamour.
It showily believes –
but wields the hammer
that clubs down and deceives –
or thinks it does –
as if the patent form
beneath its buzz
were not a bloody, warm
and rotting fact.
I thought those pics
of me lacked tact.
They all were tricks:
not true by half!
Does freedom lie in humor?
I couldn’t laugh.
I had to stop the rumor.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
The Arch-archbishop of my It-ness
flowed out through my nose and rose
today to see if I’d the fitness to be free.
Interrogatively he besieged me – then
decreed that I had never grasped
inconstancy and therefore had a row
to hoe to which I’d better soon apply
myself if I still wanted to get through
and out from under all the vastness
that would ever more exasperatingly
increase and cause to cease my
pertinent capacities. Oh, for release!,
he sighed, as he reminded me to sign
another lease to rent more breath –
in whose dark pages he however had
neglected to say how much I had left.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Élan, Panache and Savoir-Faire
flop wearily down in their chair –
an L-shaped gray affair built to
accommodate their suave triumvirate.
Élan is blasted – feeling blitzed;
Panache has crashed – is on the fritz;
and Savoir-Faire has come down
with that jaundiced air of flu that can
afflict the likes of me and you when we
can’t take another word of small-talk.
But you’ll not hear them balk.
Élan, Panache and Savoir-Faire
will soon get up, go back out there
without a fuss. They won’t be taking us.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Mister Xmas Hunk
and Mistress Holly Sexpot
va-va-voom out of their
funky monkey bunk bed
once a year: appear
right here voluptuously
in delirious December
to disseminate their
seasonally seminal hot
Xmas cheer. If you see them
at the bar on Xmas Eve,
buy them a beer. Doesn’t
matter if you’re queer.
Hunk and Holly tend
to do whoever’s near.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
It’s always time for cake,
he would placate himself
by stating, and then bake
another festive torte –
his forte: a tuttii frutti
layered sponge with half
a quart of just the sort
of caramel and orange
icing that went well with
his blue periwinkle plate.
Taking breaks and slicing
pieces was a great way
to abate a sorrow:
you never had to wait
to celebrate until tomorrow.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
To push the ugliness away’s the thing –
uninteresting that it seems to want to bring
more than its hunger and its lust –
or its reminders that all provenance is dust –
unless truth’s not the beauty of a youth –
but the commitment to a duty: be the sleuth
of meaning: breach and press – go in.
Strange to feel the fingers reach to bless the skin.
Monday, December 20, 2010
How cute! we think – how sweet! – benign! –
plumpy stringy flying dancing creatures –
kiddie fun and pastel hues align
to reassure us that whatever features
we make out bespeak a dimply innocence.
Then pimply specks of red appear:
we start to fear the smile is less beneficence
on Big Green Golem than the hungry leer
preceding a rapacious rape and kill –
and who knows what are pecking
cotton candy flesh to make its fluids spill?
We’re shocked! – and quickly checking
what we know of motive to account
for why these peeps we thought were sunny
bear exasperating aspects which amount
to species far more creepy. Funny,
though: nobody on the screen appears to flinch,
as if the flying buggers biting them
do nothing more than cause a harmless pinch.
Perhaps we got it wrong again. (Ahem.)
Then something in the mixture’s
fixtures casts a sinking pall.
Maybe no one in the picture’s
thinking anything at all.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Some thoughts are like swank parties.
Full of debutantes and smarties.
They wittily regale with sleek allusions
to the best and brightest fusions
of prefrontal cortical scintilla: Zeitgeist’s
latest sexy anti-Christ’s
predictions of the Next Great Thing –
intellectual bright bling
that percolates the night.
Thoughts like fancy parties are all right.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
I’ve started playing Bach as if my life depended on it –
which I think it does: my dying mother told me:
“use your music” – which I took and take to mean:
translate and fuse the buzz – incessant in the head! –
into discerning living flow – in and up and out of bed,
in sex and food, philosophy and sleep, as shallow
and as deep as such a thing can go – and so:
D minor on the violin begins to spin out in the filigree
of Bach sonata and partita, first to treat insentience
with exactitude and heart – deploy a weaponry, employ
an art – release the sacrificial beast which jumps
in ecstasy into the grease and fire to be the feast
(served – with aplomb – by an insistent solemn mom)
that gives the start all conscious lives require: build
a swallowable architecture – finial to floor to wall
to spire: conjure up the lineaments of gratified desire.
What is it men in women do require?
The lineaments of gratified Desire.
What is it women do in men require?
The lineaments of gratified Desire
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
I run a reasonably tight enterprise:
while I ply and exercise the wry
intricacies of fantasies in sleep at night,
my bright amanuensis Wanda
sweeps into her office with the artfully
cracked wall towards whose small
aperture the moon creeps through
deep sky to make its call – to whisper
code to Wanda who, in shorthand,
writes it all in orange ink and leaves it
for me to think over in the morning.
The doorman tells me she’s a peach:
she teaches him odd tidbits when
she comes and goes (transliterating
moon-talk as one might suppose):
elaborately coiffed, last night,
for instance, she revealed to him
the French for “I am thirsty” is “j’ai soif” –
he evidently looked a little dry –
and while she looked him in the eye
bestowed on him an ample flask
of moon-shine – whistling a tune, he said,
that sounded not unlike, but rather
better than, Debussy’s Clair-de-Lune.
We find Wanda quite a boon.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Thoughts await their turn, sit by. The big
ones sigh – sometimes construe and try
to hide behind a dreamy Springtime hue
of baby green-y grasses, cream-blue skies –
hoping to distract you from their size.
The wily ones all exercise: reflexive orange,
purple-red exertions make them snake
and sweat and writhe until they’re über-fit:
fold leg!, arc arm!, bulge gut!, bend hip! –
seeking to sneak friendship with some
inadvertent inclination you have puffed their
way. They bet on what you’ll think today.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
He ached to make
his great round self today
deploy the sharpest lean acuity –
permit an edge to softer senses,
so to wed to – thus to wield –
the finer assiduity.
Oh, sweet relief! –
again, it seems for once –
to let the wily thief
of sleep prove him the dunce –
un-gird his girth of words
and lease them flight
like savage birds
into the undiscerning night.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Not known as pretty, though red-haired and slim and tall,
Mary wasn’t bitter or complaining, wouldn’t carp.
Secretly she'd fantasize that she was Lucille Ball,
all dressed up while playing an imaginary harp.
True, she wore a see-through, peek-a-boo, blue negligée,
and left her curtains open, which was tricky,
but she just couldn’t not risk being just a touch risqué –
while waiting, every night, for darling Ricky.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
The body is the thing that brings it –
let us not dismiss the flesh –
but what’s the thing that sings it?
Something in the vein-y mesh
corroborates intention and reflects –
attenuates – a motive force –
breathes sentience into it – detects
a form it tricks out from the source
into the living thing that brings it –
let us not dismiss the flesh.
As for the thing that sings it –
something in the vein-y mesh
corroborates intention and reflects –
attenuates – a motive force –
breathes sentience into it – detects
a form it tricks out from the source
into the living thing that brings it –
let us not dismiss the flesh….
Saturday, December 11, 2010
She sold the city winter air her soul –
so bracing, toxic, bold! – she couldn’t
get enough of what it gave her, so she
bargained with it to enslave her: keep her
for eternity – subjected to whatever use –
as long as she could ramble loose and free
through it as fog. She’d walk another
frigid midday followed by another floating
goblin from the city’s vast fraternity
of kindred beasts: her recompense became
its pay – it loved compulsively repeating
dirty roundelays, which rendered just
the haze she needed to distract it: to pursue
the dark bliss of her course, and smooth
the creases of her mission. Which was to
join it – be received by it – as witch. Last
week, we’re told, when she was found stiff
in the cold, she made the switch.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Their spirits coalesce in busy
corridors, slow mud, swift
tributaries – corners, cul-de-sacs,
long roads – some straight
as boulevards, some twisted
and invisible as fox-paths: math
equations tick away, resolve
themselves, unlock their enigmatic
locks to let another avatar come
out to take a look: to creep into
the book I seem to be compiling.
Some balloon up in a great
loud glare – envious perhaps
that I get to get up and go from here
to there and all they get to do
is stare. Although it seems to be
enough for them to see: gazing
at me not as if they cared too
much who I was but to exercise
their newfound eyes. Perhaps
I ought to bring them ‘round
the room to let them face another
place or two for novelty: but they
do not inspire love particularly;
the point, unsentimentally,
is not about a camaraderie.
We’re neither nice, nor shy.
Tonight this one has got me
in her eye. I look right back. She
seems to see a plus. I see a lack.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Talent is an awkward and audacious lady –
always squirming from her hunger to become.
Her charcoal-gray and pink-striped hair, her shady
eyes, her blunt red-purple leotard suggest the sum
of stranger things than you could know.
All writhing elbows, breasts and thighs and knees –
she manifests impatience in her jarring glow
to be exonerated: exercised into an expertise.
Not pretty when she isn’t tended –
lava of a hot remorse will burble up and spill –
she’ll burn you with an agony that can’t be mended.
Do not take her lightly: she can kill.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
In the layered grayness, clabbered
shadows and penumbral cellar dust and air –
among unlabeled cardboard boxes –
a smudged and chubby little boy decides
that he must sit on one and wait. Perhaps
he hopes some great important secret there
will leak a clue – or is he playing hide-and-seek
with you? – or is he laying plans to change
the Universe? Does he fear some imminent
dark curse? What shocks him? Who or what
has found him out? What awful revelation
pocks and routs the darkness with its sudden
light? Why is he unable to believe the sight?
Is it delight? – or fright? Out of nothing
come the halleluiah and the groan.
So much is going on when you’re alone.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Purple dream – blue devil – brother father killer lover –
shoots up from the center of the primal groin: exhumes
himself to join you – salacious fumes – smells like sweat –
manifests a steaming wet hegemony – the magma of a mute
iconic masculinity: he reaches out in lavish tenderness
to you as if you were his son, or were the one whom
he once had, or once had been, too gloriously capable
of some sweet glowing sin he cannot know again. He is
the gape after a blast – echo of a thunder – a vast capacity
for blunder and for sorrow and for rape, for murder and for
that sweet soft landscape of soul in which, although he’s
shattered everything, left nothing whole – at last, for once,
has fathered something necessary. He is the lunk, the dunce,
the brutal pump and pulse and emissary of the shocking
gentleness of unacceptable desires. He is what sires.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
The truth is, she would just as soon not delve too deeply
into things: her secret psychic race, for instance – how it brings
two prepubescent twelve year old green, yellow girls into their
endless whirl around around around circuitously overlapping trails
that evidently took and take, will take, have taken them to some
patched version of themselves – herself – that make and made
her the amalgam ring-a-dings they are, she is, will be and was –
she’d just as soon forget the whirring buzz – the spell it casts –
how it impels a yearning to unite with something that keeps
passing just precisely at the instant that it ought to light, ignite
epiphany, a recompense: the girls come whizzing by and miss
each other’s outstretched arms again and she will not, no, she
will not, no, not at all will she say one word, not a single word,
until they reach each other, stop, embrace and kiss. And here
they go on by again, again, and no, she will not speak till then.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
All he had the energy to do today
was strip down bare and walk into the salty bay.
Last night he’d tied one on; he didn’t feel so well.
In fact he’d have described his head as holy hell
if anyone had asked him.
But now he thought he’d bask in
warm and pleasant lapping water: he would chill.
Maybe soon he wouldn’t feel so ill.
He searched the sky above him: it was pink.
He wondered if that was a symptom of the drink.
The horizon never seemed so flat.
He’d never really noticed that.
Didn’t everybody say the world was spherical?
Maybe everything turned out to be a miracle.
But wait, if that was so, then nothing was.
His mouth felt like it had been stuffed with fuzz.
He hadn’t noticed people gather on the shore.
They looked at him as if they wanted more.
While he stood upright thinking he had capsized,
someone cried out: “A prophet has been baptized!”
Damn, but he was parched – had trouble swallowing.
He waded back, and found he had a following.
Friday, December 3, 2010
We do our best to play our parts –
in card tricks, verse, mixed martial arts –
but something gets caught in the fence –
we cannot find an audience.
We like to think that what we do
is entertaining, funny, true –
we trill our tune until it glistens –
but almost no one ever listens.
We’re not an egocentric jerk –
we know we ought to love the work –
we’ve heard that that should be enough –
the rest, we’re told, is merely “stuff.”
But surely we should not berate
our hunger to communicate –
no less than E. M. Forster pecked
out on his keys: “only connect.”
So here’s the thing: go out and play
and razz your dazzles anyway –
forget who doesn’t come to call:
somebody will see it all.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
To hug an ideology! –
to love its big blue Buddha-king
monastically examining the middle distance
as if it were the only thing –
as if it held quite everything
she’d ever need to know.
She climbed it daily, naked, with her living glow,
clinging to its cool availing folds,
hungry for its spiritual silvers, holy golds,
peering – bold – as close as she could get –
into the sacred face whose flesh –
her heart had told her, once –
transmuted from the Word
to bless, undress, caress her.
What more was needed than these two?
Why were they waiting for a third?
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Undulating malleable bands and strings and strands –
wrung and flung by forces no one understands –
colored by a chemistry as labile as psychosis –
repellent and alluring – the ambivalent hypnosis
of a dream state: rapt consciousness which locks
in for eternity into distractions, excavations, shocks
and metamorphoses: today you are spaghetti;
tomorrow you’re a cloud; and then you are confetti
on a celebrating crowd. Whatever value you have got
resides inside the pin-prick heart of this one spot
which you inhabit like some frantic germinating seed.
Whose intention is this? Whose need, whose greed?
Sunday, November 28, 2010
It’s really just a matter of his style –
he knows he comes across as looking pissed.
But he’s been waiting such a long, long while.
He wants you so to know that you’ve been missed.
So please see past his seeming rage and bile –
and grant him what he’s craving to be: kissed.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Another face comes pleading to me for a place
among the rest – it knows how grumpy I can get
when something’s lines and tones, geometry
and attitude don’t pass whatever test I never know
I will subject it to: it wants so much to stay it turns
androgynous – as if to lean too heavily towards
any single gender might result in its peremptory
dismissal: perhaps an ambiguity might tickle
some acuity: trick me into shading it into some
possibility of permanence: it knows I crumple paper
up at tiny provocations: so many of its relatives
get thrown into the trash. It’s hard to serve a master
this importunately rash. Ah, but it has wagered
well tonight: it’s wriggled into an alluring guise.
It finds I am a goner for imponderable eyes.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Sophistication visited today.
He didn’t have a lot to say.
He had a horror of cliché.
He sat there with a vacant air.
in his tasteful greenish chair
(I wondered how he’d got it there) –
as if most thinking didn’t matter –
and talking was a vulgar clatter,
feelings self-indulgent spatter –
that it was better just to sit
and sip a drink and quit
I agreed I disliked pap,
then crawled into his bony lap
and yawning, with him, took a nap.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Hail to thee, oh mammal of a man! – lunky, hairy,
corpulent and loud – cloudy-minded –
grandly undistinguished save for your broad
belching animal reminder that we are
biology: the spawn of all the span of all preceding
species which commanded us to be the primates
on whose stage you take your sweaty
and unwitting stand – stretching out your hands –
bellowing to God to send a ragtime band down
from the sky – proud without a thought for why.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The perfect birth occurs so rarely on the Earth
it never has been documented, but we’ve heard
that it involves a beautiful blue giantess who,
when it’s time, scoops up a small completely
formed red-purple iridescent creature from her
womb while standing in a jewel-bright Tropic sea.
The whole thing happens painlessly; the newborn
greets his mother happily – smiles sweetly at her
gleaming azure face and by the means of grace
and some arcane telepathy begins a dialogue
in which he teaches her what she has come to learn
by bringing him about: the perfect birth allows through
this engagement the swift banishment of doubt
and the full gentle rise of understanding that the only
virtue worth pursuing is to be, and that the greatest
pleasure is to do it consciously. What they do
from that point on we’ve not been told. One hopes
that they are happy; one supposes they grow old.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Anguish sends its tendrils out,
involves the furniture,
ignores the weather and all
tendencies to wrap it up
in anything but what eventuates
the pain – it is a galvanizing
of the brain which focuses
to paint profuse effusions
of itself on anything it brushes
up against: it cultivates a deep
propensity for laser-vivid sight,
which lights and frames its
burning point into its only view:
no partner for it ever can be
found: no friend will do.
I wish it wasn’t drilling into you.
Monday, November 22, 2010
It can’t be true –
that I’d be able to
see through you
as if you were
hollow broken glass.
You are a human being,
after all, presumably
with mass: the normal
densities of fluid,
muscle, fat and bone
that keep a creature
visible – and prone
to sensate shocks:
physical affronts like
indeed, when I sent
my embracing arm
again around your
shoulders, I could
sense a back, a front,
a crotch, an ass;
but as I leaned
away from you,
you hollowed out once
more to broken glass.
the effect: although
you seemed to speak,
your words blew
past like clear
below and through,
I wonder what we
ever had to do with love.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Desire sits there in its angry certainty –
a mission and a fusion and a fission –
so efficiently constructed to annihilate,
burn hot: to decimate the spot that, blasted,
will eject the last impediment to entropy:
an entity of enmity fueled by the prohibition
of resistance, with no other goal than to
exult in the destruction of its own existence:
or else corrode whatever comes in contact
with its toxic heat: to beat whatever’s in its
way until the thing humiliatingly retreats,
abates. To think that this is what creates!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Each face flags me down
and drags me in to trap me in
a cul-de-sac: they each would
keep me there forever
if they could – so much about
what’s bad and good must be
explained! – but I feel drained
before they’re halfway through
and sneak and sidle backwards
when they sigh or blink or take
a leak or get another drink
or otherwise release me from
their captive and commanding
eyes: it takes a second
to pull off from their reflexive
unselective beckoning to reach
the reckoning that while I cannot
not fall into their beguiling
wiles, their bipolarities, their
dreams, their cries, their smiles –
I’ve got to get back home
and do what I must do to honor
and obey my law: inhale –
sit down – exhale – and draw.