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THREE LONGPOEMS

BY

VERNON FRAZER

chalk editions 2011


Copyright © 1999, 2011 Vernon Frazer

Free Fall was originally published


as a chapbook by Potes & Poets Press

text (c) 2011 vernon frazer


design (c) 2011 vernon frazer
cover (c) 2011 jukka-pekka kervinen

http://chalkeditions.blogspot.com
THREE LONGPOEMS
CONTENTS

FREE FALL 7

FREE FLIGHT 31

GROUND ZERO 69
FREE FALL
FREE FALL

Flagstaff Massacre redundant


invented history makes it scrawl
across pride’s wounded Rushmore
knee. Sweeping the locust streams
face roars to the subtle(s)ty.

NO MORE, NO MORE

the skies amass


virtue sweeping its totality
a broom of essence
openly seeking surrepitition

& wearing sneakers

To the shade we must bring


our stencils, cross the eyes & dot the tease
of her comely dulcet. To sense

the moribund at full strength,


the tide must be lowered through
hoops of crane & nets of cattle
heard lowing

in the Western wind

-9-
Where genre succeeds, all else fails.

Cast the hope of spells


awaiting speckled terriers
herpetological slithers whip the frail
fangs tight against the urban sky

while only the tacit fail

OF COURSE, OF COURSE!

the factitiously obvious


facetiously oblivious
to the seed of its fawning maker

Who else could swallow such a naked bid,


trumping castor oil for hidden triumphs in the sweet
sidelines of life, revealed in all its streetly rigor,
a pollen of forgotten dew?

NOT TRUE, NOT YOU

(or could it be,


whenever?

The saintly portal of influx


vipers its evaporations
on conjugal stilts, the hardship varies

But
what is, is what is
not

-10-
whether it can be so
is the matter

of its energy

more disgruntled neighbors

raging yellow Custer

his fury of blue croquet

theoretical impurities of the sane


loquacious denial of fabric softeners
harden the molt against its sinew:

where else can the smell imagine?

Nor walls of choice, voicing their discontent


its lineage a language, music musing bent
on amusing itself with self-abuse

of strictures imminent.

___________________________

Moribund redundancy aims & fires


labor forces, their broken unions rank
filed with fish & slumber
in the kitsch of uproarious nights

or, why bother?

-11-
If not for the tights of her morals
strictures would asphyxiate
on auto insurance claims,
their dreary sameness.

REMOTE
is the occlusion of face
the artery must go to the vestibule
a student of the undoored locks

there lies the flow of rigor mortis in all its leisure


suit, a pleasure of measured antiquities foregone
in pursuit of empty treasure chests & pirated seas

How else to look for the mirrored other


in the same’s reflective face?

OR ELSE, ALL ILLUSION

must pass must fail


its gradient ingratitudes
muster or, must
tend our tender

culture occult

a centered result

MUST
prevail

-12-
revile

reveal

reveille

( or not

indefinite dependencies
whereas startling strictures ring
stalling the pulse of ventricles
clamoring against the crustacean shell, swelling

full against the Camelot


of ingrown hairs borne
nightly by the strumpets
of Dudley

no matter the pain of discordant


trumpets’ double-see against the
I’s of the nearly blind

recordant in the respite


of Arthurian trays, all
defraying the deadly

-13-
QUICKENING

of all delay,
its decaying essence
turgid to the touch
inasmuch as its varied outcome,
such as:

lineal fundaments non-sequential


in nature of consequence denied, yet
essential to all others

at pace.

The foregone sweep of occlusion


remains
.

Extinct through it may be,


the birth of seclusion raises issues
notwithstanding.

(Omigod!

not

with

standing!)

-14-
If so, then the perennials must wander
the archetype desert, a locust Sahara tour
remote by the desert sea, certainly a bargain
for the cost buds.

Nourishing flourishing
rosebuds snow pods
growing blowing
winds sand

of time change

RESCINDS
the very fact

of

TRINE SHAME

OR ELSE, WHY BOTHER?

If efficiency compels If deficiency dispels


all rumors of doubt all ill humor about
without a simple flare we’re out a purple stair
into the night under the sight

-15-
WE MIGHT AS WELL

for what else is, there?

Or, wherever

the sweet cake of silicon

unfolds

its pyramid ruin, the last gasp of concrete breath


before the death of abstraction, its manifold attraction
infuriating the gentry vicariously through their sentry gates

to the millennium.

FOR APOCALYPSE IS ALWAYS WITH US


WITH US APOCALYPSE IS FOR ALWAYS
FOR ALWAYS WITH APOCALYPSE IS US
IS FOR APOCALYPSE WITH US ALWAYS

I N, C O M P L E TE / IN PROCESS

Indefinite as certitude may sometimes seam


it carries with it its own vaults. Beyond measure
we apply the mystical quadrants of its own,
drawing pleasure from intervallic leaps of net receipts
gross when taken for granted. Amid their sacred claim
to vision all else must properly be

-16-
BLINDED BY SIGHT

or can he merely apply the secret


unburned by paper stains, the unclaimed varnish
of youth? Of course, Truth hides where quickening resides,
its temper a tamboura of causal overflow

or the talk of the tanka


lying in wait for
inversions of reversions
shorter than linen
longer than single

respectively, or not. Its pungency breeds on over wrought-


iron display offending neighbors. The front lawns complain,

and who could blame them?

Vainglorious perusal of ancient truths


shall have their say, patiently, as with respect for their
where all else shall fail, who else shall?

Amid threats of impropriety the morally weedy grow


gardens, seedy with transit transfers or complementary ticks.
Notwithstanding the circumstances of their standing,
the lie down the path of navigator error breeds
terror into the hearts of Jacks.

Kings, Queens or Aces erase


all memory of conclusions forgone,
sowing discord’s accordance

with inapplicable rules.

-17-
To obey
is
to deny

oneself the option of platitude.


Taken as a measure against the folly
its vision turns

a hybrid

Meanwhile, the acerbic proclaim


the druid feast a cannibal rite granted
by constitutional array, their dismay apparent
to all unconcerned with the brevity
of green tenderloins.

In therapy, the suite dismisses its tenant.


Rent by the news, whose ever current display
breeds meat, the clocks shall overturn.

The burning shall not cease to continue


under sad circumstances said only
by the chosen new. For who else shall

unherald the earth? Who else shall

FREE THE MILLENNIAL THAW?

FREEZE THE MILLENNIAL THONG?


-18-
sing a million old saws
just because

ballads are renovated under the priestly sun?

For / ever
the chill moves against will’s resistance,
never insistent on
the direction of bikinis in autumn.

Their counterparts among the laces breed


consent among wounds more abundant
than necessity when sent express

for the overnight purpose

of leeing there.

Wherever the line goes, its traces


crawl their solicitation, unambiguous
to the threat of massacre. He
understood the chisel of history, scrawl
its face the field invaded, across pride’s wounded Rushmore
the swarming of existence knee. Sweeping the locust

in ways demanding filagree of the son,


cussed offspring of more abundance than,
moreover speaking in ways

mystery overtook. If you look at the incipient


deselecting, erecting its eminent countenance
imposes another artifact

whose irrepressible indeterminacy


cannot be outdone in matters of circumspect

locution
the factitiously obvious especially when features cannot condone
facetiously oblivious the dawning of the new brood, so daring
to the seed of its fawning maker in its sculpted stance, its bearing so

-19-
as all things would be so if they were
so solicitous or not. The misbegotten
parable breeds arable secrets, finding

themselves secret narratives in the ad hoc tradition


inadmissible to the present tense in so many
essential dissonances.

Where laundry may keep, the linen baskets in the sun.

The foregone far gone, the moments sense on-


word, a digital influx of silence essence its sense seeks
the clean squeak of sound seen in ultimate penumbra.

And yet,

the center holds


centrifugally, if nothing the perennials must
their broken unions rank else. Enter the gyre,
filed with fish & slumber wander the archetype
widening schisms desert, a locust Sahara
in the kitsch of stitching bait to switch
uproarious nights tour remote by the
in the guides of sand
or wherever
beauty pays homage to the
necklaces of camel-necked barracudas.
Recrudescent oil barreled over upon hearing
how the journey overtook them, invaded their stasis,
swept the rug under them, in place of analogue, the myth of
ancient hypotheses scrawled on walls of alabaster pyramids seeking
the seventh eye. Its paragons pentangled the heavens, an angular sweep
not to be outdone by the terminal sleep of the awakened, their wide eyes gunning
against hope, running the rope of despair to its ultimate tether, whether or not intense

derailment shall support their days.

Beyond ways of tracking didactic ambience

in days of practical ambivalence

-20-
more came from the mountains of epic
lattice, a long climb for forks uncertain of the tine
at its

PRONG!
the stab back, its retort
acknowledged its dis-
contiguity, the text of the
report a porpoise leap

beyond the scope & purpose


of hearing.

Silence
protested the roots of its origins
in discontiguity,

rendering space/time relativity


absent

______________________________

if continuity persists in its present sense the tense will demand separation a room of its
own for storing faces of dead presidents unimpeachable security essence preserved glass
cases on display daily demanding sequence or ample sampling of the illusion thereto
whereby the powers that define reality shall empower their subjectivity through swimming
lessons in the void

______________________________

-21-
or declare its presence

through assertions

of sense

______________________________

beyond the apprehension of thongs and tines forking legs and spines through hermetic
displays of gourmet appetite concealed in kitchens of the mind raining supreme over picnic
benches of the unforgotten dismembered in essence of string elastic plastic its monastic
past the forerunner of the unacknowledged gift bestowed upon the age of season withheld
for reasons obscure as the secret texts of recipes astrological forecasts repasts washing
memory clean of all effulgence its dimming glow the present below which all sunder must
rent a partitioning to petition the sundry whose efforts delay the

______________________________

definite particle
its substantial abuse
reduced to chemical independence,

a future aspiring toward itself


without regard for the carboxyls in the group

the medea’s lead insurrection


the insensate resurrection of radio
sacrificed to TV evangelists

in the stadium bursting forgotten mind


come alive with snakes of naked feeling

______________________________

scoop the petition comping feet clomping behind ahead alongside competition erasing
memory trace by trace copying its original the shell left in place deriding flowers and thyme
its carnival fragrance rooted in coronal occlusion behind which the shadow passes into
catheters of the mind misbegotten liquids overflowing impassioned signatures wherever
the meet rinds its way home the hearth Janus flames both ways blaming ambiguity for its

-22-
failure to provide appropriate direction to the insurrection of its campfire thongs of
protests thongs of meat thongs of girls that greet naked thought projection with chaste
redirection of primal urges horticulturally unseen with yet another

______________________________

redirection of the part most private revealed


the in pubic. Its nobility challenged only by its mobility, the chill
wherever we see its naked thrust shiver in the winter wind moves
sweet trees barren of ovaries and insistence, against
cake resistance the fact of nature persistently resis-
of silicon preserving its own for its own cast-off thousands, tance,
unfolds the reality of artifice thronging spectacles ancient never
its to modern, longing for the primal unity of the dying insistent
pyramid inanimate. Sensate, intense the rune sighs its secrets on the
ruin, dimensions pretensions dissensions and distentions direction
the (abstentions not included in this participatory phrase) of
last gasp unfazed by the gaze of future ruins, odes to odors bikinis
of diminished over time and garlic, gingerly proposing in
concrete thingalongs to lend the continuity its need. autumn

So, the breed


remembers its
dismemberment

yields its part to his/her/story


concupiscent glories unfolding
its collective size

wields its
upstart part
moribund
-23-
antly. And to leave
its etchings trace
on the race’s rotted cliches

stays aloof
from the stance
of impossible distance

prays abundance will chart


renewed galaxies across the paying stars
grown old beyond Jupiter, cold beyond Saturn

Plutonian
in its methane
malfeasance.

By the wringing nose of Saturnalia,


a cusp shall lead them, true, beyond the fields
of will’s verdant nomenclature, green framing
the regalia of the lost penultimate,

a history past the self-


proclaimed linearity of logic’s measure
colors the continuum’s wheel, unyielding
to the red of feet.

Trampling the last horizon’s narrowing rug, the frolic


tugs the many from the few, renewing the wield under
the field’s review, taking pictures of Easter and its
respective I-lands, clinching resurrection with Ice Ages.

______________________________

If you can’t take the cold, get out of the zero.


______________________________

-24-
sd the temptress,
seamstress of Time & all
its dropped stitches
staring into the Fall
of Math Anxiety.

Arable, yes,
bearable, no

matter / no, mater


worth sleeping under the Oedipal rug

jo, castor, poleax


the whole sweeping
entity

proclaiming flight reservations


history’s Senior Citizen discount
tours the acropolis

insensitive to
reclusive dissidents
at half-mast

terror
their
masked

in half-stitches

laughter
apocalyptic
after lunch

-25-
continuity and other naked affairs the shell
persists that resist fenestral tampering of clowns
left
in its the barker’s green pitch in the hay
in place
present forensic evidence of amperage
deriding
sense under attack. Where shall all the backers go when the
flowers
the tense front is a circus kewpie dolls in thongs
and thyme
will demand looking beyond the Renaissance edge, its pulver
its
separation the tone of apocalypsed nuance, a subtle treasure
carnival
a room the hayrides measure in stilts, the cattle in feet. The
fragrance
of inches grow indignant at the viper’s edge. But falling is
rooted
its own not an occlusion so much a stricter interpretation
in coronal
for storing of capillary madness carried to a feverish degree,
occlusion
faces of heartless to the shadows minding its grave
behind
dead demeanor, demented like ripening fruit on vines
which the
presidents of the unclustered, and who shall give them light?
shadow
unimpeach- The photosynthesis of neon stranglers? The tempests
passes into
able of centrifugal fugued force? Of course knot.
Can’t tie me down to the bladder chord harmony with catheters
security of the mind
essence fecal wishes & stethoscopes. Nope. Not atall.
They got me coming, they got me going misbegotten
preserved liquids
glass cases both ways to Sunday Monday Tuesday and back
in the mirror again to see their reflective force overflowing
on display impassioned
the self sees the other self in itself outside itself
daily signatures
a hallucination off to one side beside oneself
demanding wherever
for how else to know all that can be meaningless illusion
sequence the meet
in the snake pit of Latin where scholars kiss asps
or ample rinds its way
for ten yore saxophones of ancient muzak
sampling home
winding from the west at can force cloaking we-all isms
of the the hearth
in raincoats of gold braided antiquity.
illusion Janus
The cold rages in quickly against the dense rages
thereto flames both
of overturned shrapnel. The perfect sense of being
whereby ways
somewhere else for something other than the mirror
the powers blaming
looking out for itself with brazen point to
that define ambiguity
its bronze-veiled stare wherever its sees them coming,
reality for its
whichever direction the power runs a cable
shall failure
electronic currency the sine qua qua qua of Godot’s
empower to provide
freon anticipation molecules. Where fools await
their appropriate
the fire the water sings citrus ballads for the quickening
subjectivity censures of the century’s last centurion crawl. All shall direction
through mark this empty moment of renewal with dread to the
swimming or peanut butter. Better fed than said, especially in insurrection
lessons social situations of empty rumors, founded in situ with of its
in the void flagrante delicto serving as your ghost campfire
thongs
-26-
the saintly reprimands continue seizures to gall.

Wherewithal seeks its own level.

The wizened prophet margin


shrieks

TABLOID REVENGE
in moments of secret

constriction.

RAPID TUCKAHOE ATTACK RABID STENCIL PADS

SCARLET REP’D STARLET SEEKS MILLIONS


IN ABANDONED COLONIAL SETTLEMENT

the Lost & Found

of recent concupiscence

demands secret measure

downtrodden, weary,
the night’s pleasure past, he sings
song of pecuniary rancor,

thrift shops given


the short hop river molecule

as never before.
And never again

-27-
shall finitude seep

its creeping oil basin

into the skin of reptilian

porcelain, lest the goddess

of purple terror

shall treasure

its creeping fen.

Nor calling for the wherewithal’s wherever


in cries of dread certainty, the amplitude
engorging sweet cake resounds with of silicon

the valley unfolds its muster, cries desperate lassitude


to the mores of cortisone, injected by the turn of pyramid events
which ruin brass wrist clasps singing ballast of breath,

the last gasp brings the class to a tension of concrete.


In the absence of oil vellum, the creases move slowly
to the point of release. Still, the chill teases the game
moves to another venal. Stitches cross the way

with laughter, amanic


trenchant with a penchant

foreclosing against resistance,


whose force
regales the wind
never so insistent as
the makers of voltage red on
central residence filters

-28-
bestowing the direction
the past shall take through the future
of now, of bikinis atolls

nipping buds in terror of dental work,


underground tunnels abounding in autumn,
the subterraneans reviling their broken unions

in their native waters turning ecru


after blue rash sweetens the pod
rank with conceptual growth

& deciduous anima


the fury of its season
leering
outside eager studio doors
misrepresenting the whales

of destiny
their lineage on file and filled

the invading armies


the lampless prisons of eels,
with fish & slumber

the life-breath promise made


in the kitsch of uproarious nights.

Sampling the text of self-conscious sea mammals


reverting to inner language secret thoughts
the mindless absorb the factitiously bereft,
soak the raft in tales of laughter daftly told

obvious

-29-
in, of course, the most subtle dissonance.

Meanwhile,
the facetiously oblivious
stamp rapaciously toward
privatization of destiny

all thought incurred by the wooden mirror of haste,


no deliberate future untermed.

Liberation of the vestibule, however,


means the sacrifice cheese & other binding arbitration

to the seed of its last measure


face tainted by the fawning maker’s slow pace
through the desert of sullen delight, where gila monsters
scrawl the pulpit’s mane across pride’s wounded Rushmore,
while the knee sweeping the locust history invented

prevented

the redundant

to massacre Flagstaff

-30-
FREE FLIGHT
FREE FLIGHT

S
E
S
I
R

THE PHOENIX

s
e
h
s
a

e
h
t

m
o
r
f

p
U

-33-
into life

into flight

into

haberdashery stores of furtive dimensions inchoate


the lost atonement cylindrically cindered, at last at one
with

tertiary inclusions of theoretical matter


incendiary illusions of geometrical data
ancillary intrusions of metaphysical ladders

g
n
d i
e d
s n
c e
e c
n s
d a
i
n
g into the great

(where the unknown quantifies leaps


prolonged through leopard spots pronged against
the electroshock of contumely’s forbidden hiss

ZAP!
no stocking matters contingent
on flying reindeer odes or outlying modalities

-34-
in search of

season at the water’s edge


evaporation of summer aviaries
stationery in their cyclic output
the hair of growing renown

or
predatory butterlies
in Leap Years costuming
from unsightly transformations
discoloration a given among the

d
r
o
p d
p r
i o
n p d
g p r
s i o
n p d
g p r
s i o
n p d
g p r
s i o
n p
g p
s i
n
g
s

brought to you by the green flamingos of Key Lime Pie


-35-
swathy in their summer plumage
low overhead free dressing on the side
dribbling perfume stolen from the olfactory
presence of nearness to pursue essence
atingle with sound’s delight

the Birds who sing in syncopation


who never think the words are so much below
the blue notes they leave behind
that goes to show you just how much they know

even with the help of ornithologists


the moon rises
high as

FLIGHT!
AZURE CROSSINGS

that defy gravity

of language
of thought
of surface

imperatives
sought with the vigor
of archaeological wisdom

the cabal of Summer Dread enunciates


car flutes in digital amber strains purpling the diode
of directional matrix, color stains so integral to the process
itself disregarding dolorous remains of ambiguity
in the night. Where others fidget with the heads
lying in state among the bastions of the privileged
drying hair with tonsillectomies

-36-
of uncertainty there can be no doubt.
Without such imperatives the candle cannot glisten
nor the trenchcoat listen from its somber shadow
to the chattering above clattering to deride his silence
& its physics cannot deny the aerial demented
scattering to seek protection from the trajectories of

d
r
o
p d
p r
i o
n p d
g p r
s i o
n p d
g p r
s i o
n p d
g p r
s i o
n p
g p
s i
n
g
s

so integral to

FLIGHT!
and all the integers
inherent in the lapidary oscillation
of isometric factories
a refractory presence fraught
with penalties of individuation

-37-
& casualties redundant

as it

s
d
d n
e e
s c
c s
e a
n
d
s

into the great

transmittal of beige
where cattle graze products
of indeterminate obstinacy
abstinence its only known cure
the known quantifies its
ignorance smug as a bug in a
windshield. Wherever the bovine

gaze, flight takes a new dimension,


sight, splays it flattened, displays
the arrogance of days gone by
like old water wheels heeling the toe
of the Captain of Industry

healing the millworkers’ hemorrhoids


in ancient ways now rescinded under
evidentiary protocols

fists fur flying air pockets


lined with bribes

cloud formations migratory tribes

-38-
lambent on history’s clatter
the ordeal pursues its ideal
resolution, springs coiled
in self-referentiality
deferential to

the nightly agonistes


depicting the rainwashed sullen under vipers
nesting their hooded broods
coiled to strike

THE SKY

in falling gains new respect


as do the defeated always in their incremental ways

THE SKY

is failing its disreputable ways


alleviating the feathers of the unknown

THE SKY

is palling the day’s abrogation


of meteorological austerity, harsh in its depiction

of roosts coming home to chicken.


In such an atmosphere quickening is
unavoidable, as is thickening its onslaught.

One ought to know


by now the literal slows

-39-
the figurative’s fly
with sly rotations

of denials their insistence fled.


Their unknown demands fly

into the great

egomaniacal carnage of
uncloseted thespians pursuing
new

heights
up ladders of chronology
down freight elevators of ontology
to

where phylogeny keeps its low,


breeding to beget wings of thought

flapping across the arid desert of the Great Sahara


irrespective of propellers
in their midst. And so the agenda
remains hidden, its followers bid
losses accosting jets of water

g
i i
a a
p p
dis s
l r
y y
n n
g

-40-
nonchalant streams of palaver
calibrating nuptial endeavor
with an incumbent riding his
cadaver into the great victory

celebration

unknown

To those who care


where the green flamingoes’
Key Lime

f
a f
l a f
l l a f
s l l a
s l l
s l
s

let it be said

THE DUCK DROPS HERE!

Wherewithal the soaring cost of mounting feathers


lost in the adjunct velocity tremors the influx
utilization’s precocity weathers accounting
in peacock’s haze, let the bettors
assume their risk

ashes to crashes
dust to bust,

-41-
even flight

a tip of the wings


to those who

RISE LIKE THE PHOENIX

an incendiary tract

ensues

ASHES TO ASSES!
DUST TO DUSK!
BENIGHT THE PHYSICAL!
THE TREATISE HAILS ITS DROPPINGS!
THE TREATISE TRAILS ITS DROPPINGS!
AND MENTORS YEARN FOR LAVENDER APOSTASY
GLEANING WISDOM FROM THE THREE-FOLD PATH
REPLETE WITH THE WISDOM OF THE TABLES
TABULATED WITH RASA AS ITS NEBULOUS GUIDE.
THE COLUMNAR DISTORTIONS PROPORTIONATE
THE WISDOM DISCOURSES WITHIN
THE TRIPLISTIC MODALITY OF WHICH ONE
OF / OR ALL THREE OF ITS COMPONENTS
MAY ISSUE ADVICE WISDOM KNOWLEDGE
PASSION COMPASSION DISPASSION
ACCORDING TO THE DICTATES
AND MANDATES OF

-42-
wherever whenever whatever
flight stringent abundant
modalities intrinsic antagonistic
perpetuate merit factors
denial welcomes preside
radiate transplant negate
all some all
factors rudimentary primal
take ambiguities scrutiny
steps with empowering
to certainty its
wherever whenever whatever

you may deem appropriate to expropriate universal particulars from unsavory situations in
which earth pulls atmospheric compounds into the carbonic womb entombs the airy light
in grappling compounds whirling flesh ensues eschewing nutrients ground down by
old dentures flossed & polished & indentured to the corporeal relics unencumbered by

FLIGHT
as only those gaseous compounds would know stealing verbatims from Dutch Uncles to
overthrow nationalist regimes in utero dealing plumbing fixtures to misguided missals
resplendent with blasphemous protrusions scantily elegant & tired in the vestibules of
knotted fates rambunctious hawsers & unkempt hemp discarding the finitudes of hanging
bosses tossing dice in aquariums where the masses transform prefixed phoenix parts from

ASHES TO ASSES
&
DUST TO DUCKS

-43-
notwithstanding quackery in its highest forms the norm for metempsychotics committed to
bodies for indeterminate periods subject to intervallic assessments harmonic
reconstructions carpetbagging the Southern tiers weeping hysterectomies of hooded
leaders burning crossly on lawns of soil enriched with gingivitis grinning gums drop as they
speak the Tempe rate zone posted its Tuscon movements to retirement villages in which

the ashes

rise

from the dust

of the

PHOENIX

scatter bird seed everywhere


scatter into the great books
of Western Civilization
replete with cowboy boots

spurring the womb of the sleepless


in Seattle wheedling the Space Needle
into gracious acts of boorism

stirring the uninitiated into gratuitous facts


of dubious authority. Notwithstanding its perilous influx
diameter must remain concealed from dripping iron cylinders

befuddled in acrid rain of personal exploration


& threatened derivatives,

even Birds

-44-
wrapping up their confirmations
so that you can let one go

hear the rhythm


hum the music
strum the drum stick
who could bask in everything or.

Wings protrude thick


flying Bird trick
count the bridge tick
with a track click

you want ashes


have some ashes
you want fat ducks
two could ask to turn into for

get me not
in summer’s boldness
the proclivities derange

the senseless in search of themselves


through dotted-note documentations
syncopation enriched with soy meal

arrange
breath’s humming coldness
your derivatives will change

ashen textures incarnate transmigrate dust


from room a gesture of trust mis-shaken
irradiates decibels with tremors deep in the soul
of the inner ear.

-45-
Hear the bones crackle
to dust. Here the bones crackle
to dust. In weeping silence

verisimilitude rears its noisy feathers


gleefully treads through threads of sound
nonexistent but for its forceful rhetoric

announcements pronounced through mystical modalities


assured entry through ticket doors undeclared to the off-
limited mandibular associates demurring to cocoons

protesting larval stages of igneous rock


as insectuous in its poker-faced bid, arresting
the id as fatuous in its Leap Year molt decrying

the wings
that brought me
hear
them rustling through their transformation
so that flight can make them grow

sound
as a seasonal
appendage
upending the unending
springs that coil stings
when sprung the strings

attack the earth-bound


missiles rising silos crises
abound the anointed

-46-
wherever birds shall

fly.

The ground shifts

riffs

repeat the threat of syncopation


calling for reiteration
don’t you know your bettors
place odds below
the hatch deck misappropriated
secret longings / the strong shall
forbid serial fecundity & aggression
in sequential processions as matters

of straw. Their bosses hold


these troops self-evidenced
& their reek shall inherent with mirth

repeat they need reiteration


calling for odd syncopation
though they owe their debtors
space to go

smoke their fire in legendary snorkels feverish with apocrypha stroke desire with accidental
forklifts integral to the rising process as determined in accordance with presumptuous
metabolic sources glandular in their mist not a single secretion between them but for the
shared metaphysics of laundromats complacent in their spandexed latitudes exquisite with
stretch formations chasing the limits of hair curlers and snapping gum clicking the track for
hooded sound engineers procuring forbidden smoke their fire a polysonic flurry of process
ensuring marginal platitudes proscribing enunciation of denunciation with syncopated fury
no limits to their bold transgression in the gravel pits of recreational pursuit during
evolution’s blast days everyone sipping cappuccino praising their arcane tidbits of
regression all points aggressive in a suit of cashmere the tip of the gray Stetson fedora

-47-
RISING
from sundry sources
lipping apocalypse in smoke-filled tombs stating

ether/ore
in exclusive terms redacting
as superfluous the inclusive option

both/am
in cold pursuit of the redemptive quest
incestuously transcribed in the hidden tablets
advertised on latenight cabal TV

where the Ginsu knife to the Spirits


retreads its sacred flesh undergoing
transformations from energy to no matter
consequential as only differentials need apply

nor the isolation of physics intrusive


underscoring the plaintive’s right to wail
tenor on the impeachment stand of oral testimony
preaching to the inverted of his word dactylic if its idling meter

the stroke must meet the eye in flight


or there gassed the lavender renunciations
shall cry their muted breath, declining

-48-
the rightful spread of all wings across delusionary tables
enabling fables of the spurious to apply anecdotal credentials
to reverential supplicants endeavoring the weave of matter
to wind rings of kindness around ordinary ampules

meanwhile the precarious preserve all assurance


in kits & nodules. Granular effervescence prevails.
Lids raise the swollen eyes of garbage cans. Praise
all who hale the stench

wafting its rocklike pontiff


with ordinal veracity incapacitated
truisms abound. Leaping displays
of olfactory power

manufacture spare arts, the differential


the price of omission, the referential a
confidential confessional filled with

either
gastric fluidity of a seasonal nature
its stature forbidding all future displays
of fortitude

/
penitent in its brevity
conciliatory in its threatening
grow against all who would

-49-
or
deflect the sense from its tangent,
whichever contact may greet its best.
For the rest nothing is austere but the
peril of sequenced events trenched

amid the casings floating timidly over the verdant field


as flight leaves its wake for the forward to advance. Never casting peril
the Purple Error strikes.

RISING
evidence unfolds, mounts a steed
for hire. Lugubrious arsenals buckshot the sky where

FLIGHT
attacks the earthbound sirens. Whistle
the haze full-toned its blush. the thrush awaits with open
fangs. The trench wages victims of the flesh

over Spartacus themes.

get me not
in summer’s boldness
the proclivities derange

syncopations the senseless search


of themselves for thorough dotted-note
documentations enriched with soy meal

-50-
arrange
breath’s humming coldness
your derivatives will change

or
the imperatives will burn reluctant cinder
tinder to the barer of the pair, all eloquence notwithstanding.
Nor the risen to undertake preliminary strategic
planning with deadpan exuberance

on behalf of the cold miners panning foals


in them thar hills.
Origins bequest derivatives,

stationary ambiguities subject to change


with weather’s every blast, the cast of steam
cased after breath,

lurching in search of

RISING
THE PHOENIX

p
u

from the ashes

-51-
takes

STOCK FROM HIS HOPED-FOR

FLIGHT
The search
for survival though revival
quests enough

actions that defy gravity


& logic

transmuted through stunning articulations


of retrospective dependency

the flame takes its


measure, its

wing of stationary frenzy


stenciled proactive against the sky

its retroactive preliminary disingenuous


a sty its ointment. As a fly peels off a windshield

to the surprise of life, its surfeit


rings its surplus of

survival. Through
revival enough quests
the search for

WINGS
of dodecaphonic ascent
capillaries fervent

-52-
with enamel
the postulates await
their theorem.

A geometry of innocence ensues,


line by line ensnaring the few who do
with the fatal repose of those who do not

fly the wages of Mexico.

On their transcontinental way back, the delta crosses Icelandic


without jets to bet on the horse race of the
endangered purple mollycoddle

& her licentious brood.

No further tangents await.


Straight ahead! Straight ahead!
Containment makes its takeoff,

burning red carpets over concrete


tracing dead combatants replete with dread metaphors

hurtling through inner space


& slamming face-first against the seat in front of

them. And all the others like them deny


the perpetuity that tries their dissimilarity though

obfuscation in no uncertain terms.


Straight ahead the flight, straight ahead!
Ride the horizontal attitude of those parallel in bed
thirty thousand feet below. Cruise

the even keel across sky page or screen, visible as music


to the hearing-impaired. Instead, dare

to stare the blue in the face till they drop from observation
in the air traffic controller’s situation

-53-
who but a union could grieve?
Take wing! Take wing!
Sing as bolded lettering

the cloudless music of the light,


its brilliance resilient as withered sparrows yonder

wander like pilots wobbly


from the wreckage below. The reckoning beckons. Heed

its beacon call. For all you know


it’s a wrong number riding a declaimer’s digit, voice strong

in millennial protest against the earth-


bound to settle out of court a nolo contendere

in kangaroo court with Austaliopithecans


boycotting the atmospheric

condemnation of fugitives in flight, the furtive, the frightened,


cringing with delight & moss.

Gossamer realities abound for those unbound to fealty


realty or other profound distractions

the loss tosses like a wing


lettering the late lavender sky
kinetic with the scope of dawn

taken as a line,
the shoe fits.

Buffet it. Make it shine


like an eagle, shine like an eagle
shine like an eagle

-54-
against personal reflections in the eye
of a hurricane, deflect tense defectors

their due respect. If they correct


each morally correct antipode, an ode
takes wing takes wing

a jazz of language,
ear of eye,
eye
the left swings to a bird on the wing, singing, the right rings to a coal trane howling
steam in the night prophetic, each of them a king of the kindred ear where sense
becomes sound becomes sight becomes seer seeing seen on a scene beyond
the scene of the noirly-abled frequenting the historic district of the post-Pollock line
in conceptual motifs black as Henry’s first Ford & the next green million
vipers added to the mix muggling mystic brew smuggling the struggle nimby home
of harmonic substitutes & allegedly disrespective modalities allied against the sallies
of the muted in spirit the dumb of foot, acute or chronic, hear it brush the ear
or shriek the canvas word the page a process in transition never to be changed
rearranged deranged estranged alienated ill-fated destitute brute taking the name
of the label in vain the style as content the substance as form the epochal sable leaping
onto the back of a frightened mink on a guestbed dementedly vapid tracks
the hunted with a cane while water witches cook brews beneath the surface
of their welcoming barks. Ascension was always the intention, even where
klactoveedsedsteen was available by prescription only giant steps were made
in the procurement process through the efforts of those in need of koko
un poco loco the spirits came un poco loco the spirits un poco loco the spirits
the same for each, the treachery of the figuratively deaf blind & dumb
monkey see monkey do monkey hum a few bars & fake it, take it out
take it where air has never flown before, take it to the top not from where
those say who do not know, no secret but secret knowledge unhidden
in the quest for free form bound by associated conventions
dismantled intentions yellow brick road to the level Hell
its circles un-Danted, its lines indented, its measure invented with signature phrase
building resistance among its leitmotifs bothered to abstraction
the bucket sprays a wall of sight with sound
around which aficionados murmur
the bird or the trane
each one the same plane & one of their own both in

-55-
FLIGHT
a jazz of eye,
a language of ear

hearing infinity for an hour

while talking to a wild flower

with nerve enough to answer back

given a Blake eye

its border an ashen smudge

of downfalls & fires

emblazoned on the phoenix

emblem. Just as fire

smokes the process blazes

to new life, to

FLIGHT!
Across the sty

the reticent watch

reluctance a true breed

-56-
g
n
d i
e d
s n
c e
e c
n s
d a
i
n
g into the great

Dutch Uncle in the sky puffing his dirigible across the day darkening
his rhetoric with fitful spins of retrograde propellers his jet engines
unknown to quantum mechanics in blue worksuits intoning
technical exhortations to blasphemy among the economically
discarded & their hatching broods. The retarded movement
of obsolete diseases pleases the recumbent eye of the
affluent, seizing his dodecaphonic greed through
apertures of needy fingers his actual tonic
a dominant thirst for sight of the earth-
bound taking

FLIGHT

and pausing
to admire their wing
formations a liquid that
refreshes tired sensibilities
at the threshold of reedy affluence
with prophetic babies riding baskets
through the rushes, bull-like as only a cow
can be when exercising its gender differential
amid tensile etchings of winch and pulley stretching
the rigor taut at private institutions of higher learning
or aching for a better alternative unstated even denied
as the ruddy face appeals to the Master of the Sky to deliver his

-57-
d
r
o
p d
p r
i o
n p d
g p r
s i o
n p d
g p r
s i o
n p d
g p r
s i o
n p
g p
s i
n
g
s

to SPLAT! against the watchful eyes of the populace

a h s e a s a h
s e a h s e s e h s
s s h s s e
a e h a
s e s s
e h
h s a s h h e
s e s s e s
h a a s

downing to raise as Arizona retirement communities shuffleboard bingo & swing the dust
band of crowning Stetson natives riding restless in the southwestern dust a treasure on the
make looking for blue-haired ladies to make hay take wing take everything that isn’t
nailed down to the deeply-rooted tumbleweed indigenous to moral issues elegant in their

-58-
thoughtful persuasion to mundanity
no capacity for mendacity ensuing only control
of thought control of opaque dissonances

in the dusk
an eye awaits
its sky of music
its ear of color

steadfast in its anticipation hurtling through the


the fervor of nostrils lavender sky awaiting
placating the tendencies the music of chrome
of oxygen to demand its continuity
breath and depth of surface shiny as
substance abuse

where there can be no

RISING
there can be no

phoenix

only the exhortation to

jazz of eye,
language of ear
-59-
RISE ACROSS THE SUNSET!
FLY ACROSS THE NIGHT!
BRING HOME THE SECRET DEPTHS OF THE MADDENED
THEIR CRIES THE TONALITY OF ANCIENT ARCADES
CRY AGAINST THE SKY!
RING THE DARKNESS WITH SHADOWS!
BRING HOME THE GOLDEN SPEARS!
COME HOME CARRIED ON A FULL MOON SHIELD!
YIELD TO THE PRESCIENCE OF NUDE INVESTORS
PRUDITORY IN ECONOMICS ONLY DOES THEIR MORALITY PLAY!

(listen to your Dutch Uncle


his cigar’s last grasp

of fruitful things
gone to ashes

gone to dusk
& buggerall

while sonnets march forward immune to presence


their essence cocked roosters of sodden form

free as a thesaurus to seek its own


meaning however derivative

against the robin’s egg smashing


the corporate leader’s head

the meltdown ever so popular


in its joyful menace

the movement reverses itself mid-turn


& turn again (& again & again & again &

odd infinitum the perishable


nature of its reversal

-60-
sodden roosters march presence immune to essence
while their cocked form sonnets forward

ONE MORE TIME!


only with cigar droppings ashes in flight
to retrograde perversion in

Volkswagen bugs, hugging basketball


centaurs in lieu of wanton

saxmen reeding the rushes


back to front

hunting the hidden forbidden


reprise

offered only to the couponed


elite baring trousers in public

la dolte vida
nothing lasts forever

not the fake book’s


last measure of freedom

barcoded to acrylic symmetry


in the barroom’s truculent barley mist

& gains bear their short-


age with the patience of subsidy

only there
can the lost substance be,
found, unfound, unsubstantiatedly true

-61-
as the rigor of anecdote demands
of its young, the argot of recycling vapors
layering ozone in the salons of the flesh

where talons await the predator


eyeing the mirror’s rejections
with grave acuity

only there, and only can


rhythm seek its own lever.

TREASURE THIS MOMENT

where ashesmeet ashes


& dust meets dusk on crosscountry
frights wig its circular go-round

stopovers in Phoenix
layovers in cheap motels
of rumored stewardless legend

with god as a co-plot


defendant no more!

no, more dust


no, more ashes

dependent on a good Dutch Uncle’s cigar

exhorting Cuba to boycott the Phoenix


all cinder no ashes,
no ashes no phoenix

-62-
NOTHING!
not even the process
devoured by starving millions in Third World countries
a generous corporate contribution

offered in lieu of the Real


codes with bars of fern plants

h
a
n
g
i
n
g

everywhere you look


for rocks crawl out from
life takes itself into
your own hands

gripping a plumbing wrench


thumping dull against the law
ripping

a
s c s
r
o

t h e p a g e

sound & furry signet flying

-63-
NOTHING!
(a fate of
indecision

exercised with the utmost


precision, enacted protractedly
against tactile bulges
the incipient retread
conveys through poster hate
a desire better left to posterior
for belated inconclusion

and other masters


of great certainty)

humbling even the broadest of wing spans


flapping from the gallery of lust
in-Danted with insufficient prefixes

to ensure their berated uncovering


a fixture in the pillar of commodes

a harmony evanescent its discord


grows

frantic, seeking rain across the stars,


ruin across the skis, ever the
d
o
w
n
w
a
r
d

-64-
grope the groupies
gripe the grippers
ripping off the set

Gone Hollywood
with footprint aspirations
& Chinese

the appropriations lugubrious

the accommodations
trusting to blind flight a burning thistle

in the sweet eye of lint.

Screening
the encyclical process

the blurt buggers description


with root image

parfait a glucose semaphore

to the needy in their triumph

a jazz of language,
ear of eye,

mordant with vigorous trusting


wit that bites indentures

inordinate to the bellicose


wandering of primal screens.

-65-
Men without windows
live that way. Open doors

with no knobs to carry backpacks on


rustic trust in government’s (b)anal thrust
purpling the gritty lotions of the hunted.

Run through the blaze unknowing


the cinder singeing your ash is

a jazz of language,
ear of eye,
eye
refurbishing unwitnessed decibels
with watt’s age & fern bar takeouts

Chinese, acryllic
footsteps attackl

(a fate of
indecision

Gone Hollywood
and other masters
of great certainty)
the remnants of Grummond’s
smoking days delays while they

unaccompanied by the midst


of dissimilar others

-66-
up

from

the ashes

THE PHOENIX

R
I
S
E
S

-67-
-68-
GROUND ZERO
Ground Zero

where we are desert flat tumbleweed heartbeats

where we are desert flat tumbleweed heart beats

heartline pulsates gravel rakes bump across

[] [] []

Bill Dixon started here.

/SPARE
minimalist
mute

-ation

-71-
where it all begins

flat across the desert silence the muted solo heartbeats at a minimum spare the mutations
extrapolating currency from the source rumbling its uranium muse spinning the dread of
all creation severed from the absinthe’s flow where no other can go be fore (or aft)

merrily we roll our mutations along the raptured


indentations

of karmic-muscled fury indentured to intense


deliberations

between warring reptiles the armadillo


pigmentations

shoot buntline’s Tuesday Special


blue toots preciously mute the heat
species endanger with there

where we are boiled music


bipeds slinging heartbeats

indigenous opposition’s brute


singing choirs of blue necessity

orchestrate the coup

The croupier’s gamble never rusts its menace


the starfall deer never leap the sun its miserly flourish
the crystal runs its horse against suntimes
the centimeters of metric fury enamored
the deathrattle purring its last with light
the intrepid beetle runs tepid reflecting
the call of the wild thing running itself against
the tempered tales of wizening the hoary multiple
the existential question ever silently exponential
running
deep its indigestion never
satisfied its appetite

-72-
accusing the intimate of sheep when fed itself
when a banjo steal will do the opposite
retracts defeats the greater
perpetrators
the tumbler meets its fill water seals
the leather hides rattle in the barn itself off from the neat
the ride stumbles underfoot off canticle mutes
from spur mutations
the glossaries of the chanticleer

riding heartbeat across the Western ledge (end a (s) (n)


desert flat begin mute trumpet side desert music
the heartbeat felt other
itself waiting, pulsating with
anticipation & her three blast
girlfriends
who shall remain
elsewhere in this heat where the sky is the furnace
and the ground its penthouse magnate building casino magic
sprouting alfalfa sounds in husking winds where it all

BEGINS:
once upon a jeep graveling heartbeat across flatline readings the cloud mushrooms in the
distance of its conceiver’s eye winking slyly at the Hiroshima of history the roadside stands
selling fried armadillos the mutations of hundred foot cacti muted free improvisation tried
at its source the heart throbbing growths in the distance of ideas felt heard scene its
presence immediate no time to wait nor hesitate raining gravel raining snares raining words
from sources predating predatory growths of liposuction veneer twisted ruins of fabric
of mind twisted ruins of kind pursuits skeletal as Burma Shave roadside memories

TWENTY MILES TO COUNTDOWN


it said tracing the sequence its own blipping heartbeat’s gravel thump beside the road
less traveled the rave unpaved the rant unchanted inside the shell of turtle heat the
meat of the moment mushrooming anticipation’s dread the heavy air lying there thick
as imagined clouds shrouding the merry moment of dissuasion when persuasion is

-73-
not an option
nor a compositional ploy
of Ancient Mariners landlocked
in the literary moment

or two basses bandlocked in duet


draping wet textures of sound (the density)
over the muted trumpet (its implied intensity)

mutating sound
as life imitates evolution
or versa’s vise removes its grip

from the illusion of seeming


no pocket goes unsown (or untapped)
weakly in its forensic midst
the mind wanders trapped (unseamly)
voices of discord raising
harmony in its looted clusters

toying with sandrocked explosions

mad in the minefield midst

of where you step

(how deep the roadside doo

you cross through

loquacious magic
in the moment’s frenzied delight

the sway of shock absorbers


sitting in the audience experiencing transmission

as platitude or insignia
waving its muster like hot dogs

in the dustbowl stadium


of carefree relics forwarding past to future

-74-
tumbleweed heartbeats tossing heat
where grain denies itself as other & seeds

ravish the momentum of history


rocky with the insignia heralding glory

in loops of animosity
circling the animate in their dreary code

berates its tragic


soliloquy of colloquial drive-bys

exorbitant in their price


nagging economics of a one-horse town

bad meat the medallion


of prehistoric crossing guards

of the time that land forgot


a million dead eyes watching the final clock

to the moment
where growth explodes its

shattered fury with gory


insignificance lavish with animus

CONTINUES

FIFTEEN MILES TO COUNTDOWN


a (s) (n) of last anticipation lost to cornfields of the unwary
other distraught with the clarity of their very own ambiguity
blast patching sleeves of the autonomous wedge

-75-
pledges itself to distraction
as another past blips gravel across the heartbeat of terrain
tumbling past other mirrored inflections

centrifugal in their hold


at the edge of attraction the last gavel slips its weary mumble
deflecting rumors of future abstractions

bumbling fleets of the unmitigated


who invaded Caesar’s gall

(after the pause that defleshes)

rampant mystiques obtrude


the burgeoning necessities felt sweat
stamping out their immediacy (end-mute, blARE:

to the autumn another music


full thistle blown but urgently
(double thrum) awaiting the grating strings

humming

below the desert’s middle sea the fossils go


automatically deeper under the dunes of Sphinxes
giving answers weight, the credence revived

under water
heartbeats flat against the desert throb hooves
percussion’s tint winding west where the east lies

under
hapless rays of the betrayal of oak residue
clinging to unseated beliefs in the heartfelt

-76-
water
dusting matter into energy hydroelectric
nuclear Strontium 90 windfall other acid rains
decreed by acrid reigns to mutate the spirit

the evanescence
of storm clouds
gathering flowers
while the may-
pole twists slowly
in the wind-down
through the very
stem of being’s
most intricate
thrumthrumthrum

where we are desert flat tumbleweed heartbeats

where we are desert flat tumbleweed heart beats

WE ARE

intricate in our most fertile disaster


fluxed with imminent distaste
await the crux of dissension’s
spirit a heartbeat thumping

-77-
the arid. There

the outpost finds its ruins

amid the clued

fecundity of assistance in a land

where no man

nor water

[] [] []

They dwelt across the


and thought so too, despite
all other attempts to

The questions raised eyebrowed answers


sleek with necromoniconic concomitants
when they. And the very reason why.

Heartbeats mutate at the ledge.


Reason know its sum. A costly benedict
leans cozily against its laconic lariat

telling legend across the.

He came to town with his boots on.


Holstered its vehemence to where

the next note blARES

a (s) (n) past exhilaration crossing boundaries off the uncaring


other fraught with the peril of immaculate terror the brutal
blast onslaught taking its measured time against all the

-78-
heart.beats 000000000000000000000000000 thrum, thrum
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thrum, thrum
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heart.beats 000000000000000000000000000 thrum, thrum

tEN MILES TO COUNTDOWN


the journey paces itself the sonic explosion raises the flats a boom only prosperity can
define an Ozzie & Harriet cameo cruising the tumbleweed fro burgers or takeout pizza
stake out across the street coffee in hand newspaper at the wheel a reel Grade B stains
down the front of the surveillance equipment guarded fortunes of the fortunate hailing
uptown cabs from the curb unwary of the very process protecting them from their inner

[] [] []

-79-
Dangers pose the worst
just ask any

model that comes through here


A or T doesn’t matter, nor the gas

When they ask for it


just

(can’t go wrong that way,

or left

Behind the multitudinal sway of ether


the conscious rays its grip (nor answers
candy of the unfolded laundry secret in their
spinning dryers across the tense)
grammar of geography no axe abated
questioned for the parsing of simian thunder abetted
at mighty heights accruing their ledge aided
the experts felt the heartbeat’s muting air raided
traded
arcs of pentagrams bestow their visible means berated
furious geometry knows no where nor does it stated
arrow the invisible target with roadside marrow
remaindered

in the fields

of the gored

The oxen pulled his stash nightly


(slow) going across the desert of will
(still) thrashing the whip’s umbilical
(heart) record of toxic merriments
(beat) lashing the spill of the daring
(blare) to explode stars against the nights
with all the force you too

reach for the apex of gingivitis united in discrepancies of the very who dwell in the house
of each divided query well nor teach the nadirs of notwithstanding time-crux redundancies
derided clocks & other time pieces of high noon scattered over sand of weathered brain

-80-
dust tarred & feathered in future times past so tense no tense invents nor purchases for

there

is where the music (heart)

beats (blARES

ANCIENT ROOTS UPRISING


ANCIENT FRUITS REPRISING
ANCIENT SUITS REVISING

time & its lurid glow

where

(music) there is the heart

(blARES beats

where we are off-


center

tracing the glory of injurious flight


explosion implosion starting at

NINE
millimeters seeking to balance
the microtonal ballast leaking

the gorge of latent ruin

en route to repetition’s first delineation


a yield of attrition paces its nation
signs it on cymbals on places on syntheses

ad hoc temporal magic


the meat of legislative ruin
reeking desert heat

-81-
like a rattler’s death heart beat

the snare raps its taps of governance


the metric of the metropolis now become

an oligopolis that won’t bite unless you move

away from

GROUND ZERO
to the

polis of the missile thrust


the polis of the trust of instinctual
rabbit hutches bunching the aggregate polymers

to the

bleary mercantilism of triglycerides


where fatty acid steeps its uproarious glow
into the carboxyl of mythic soup left unaccountable.

Still,
the least must

rise
with the vigor of escargot

repleting
the size of demonstrative

escarole
ferreting the rigorous depletion
unslumbered
as the nascent turret lathing

lumbering

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basses bowed arco pizzicato

plucking
the sounds of feathers

from
the ducks of living geese

its more abundant truisms


bleat moribund allusions

the reddening reference of wits


quipping whips of sagittarian flu

redlining the cattle’s ulcers


with Toyotas in their midst

let low rent put asunder


the unwieldy in their recumbent

benign incumbent signing


under the mordant inversion of nymphs

wooden in their stoic frames


yet another oral declaration of order

the latest version


promulgated to those immersed

in the biblical sea of pulpits


bullied by the very act of occupancy the

EIGHT
bestows its blooming grandeur
its weight looming slowly, but growing
ever blander in its lassitude. It
waits. The heartbeat blander than gloom
releases its glowing purr glandular increases
the flow of excrement

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to the harbinger of latent fury
surging forefronts to the rear
clinging tentatively to the mere
abundance of fictive fact

an act that necessarily swallows the whole it wallows in


(red clay) heat puddles hissing cymbal ringringringring sizzling
fingers flutter the ringing over the doublebasses doubling
(fatty acid) the strum thrum POP! pluck Be-DONG! coming against
the soul’s nutrients

POP! pluck Be-DONG! the SWEETNESS of Be!-Ing


POP! pluck Be-DONG! onSLAUGHTness on time
POP! pluck Be-DONG! WING-ing its FORE-ground
POP! pluck Be-DONG! POP! pluck Be-DONG!

stop punk begone or other rhythms stun among us


the lotus sphere loquacious here drops funk in schisms
they’ve done us a spacious design of interim specious
junk clunk belongs to others in the grim grounding
of sounds wedged against thicker than textures
reeling through wheatfields of meaning’s brick thickets

increases the beat’s ring of eating bought circles


distraught before time caught its nuance astound
singing lore stressor dealing appeals the oppressors
forgot the century of the crime before time forgot
the land that feeds them dead music they wrought

SEVEN
time’s over, the ref said, riffing his skiff or the wattage

In the determinate cliffs of fatty acid


germinating ignominious feathers of serpentine aridity
no hammer shall read its way

stiffer than roads already mustered


the gusto of fisheries in toxins of leather-making machinery
always rave in place of banners

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a loco pride
in the essence of essence

if the known
be truth or declared truant as such

the note-wary
shall hear the strumpet’s siren call

scary as all
sacramental barflies to the mustard

of guillotines
blazing both barrels heads will rumple

stilts kin
breed with police badges

threatening to
feed cross-country tourists

to the wedge
they form in the flying face of local life

no room left
for emendations accommodations or aberrations

nor bereft
of situations commendations for citations

of accuracy in

SIX
mediums

too well, they decry


the infamous vintage of extremes
barring their vantage
silently running deep
when the opposite retracts

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its leftmost utterance retracts, retracts

to echo in the way

light refracts

to convey its muted


refracts, refracts, refracts
abstinence

in the absence of number


where the shield of the projective field
annunciates its reflective yield of invective

for the benefit


of the two parity system
rich with its history of antihistamines

protecting the golden pollen


from its sniveling recipients

there the heartbeats its where with all

coming

down

to

FIVE
water seals from the glossaries
of mystic texts self-proclaimed
protect the leakage of private
truths seeking

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a (s) (n)
other answers not to be found
in the wreckage of
blast
or whatever mutating sequence

CONTINUES
there, or wherever the croupier’s gamble
leaps the sun: centimeters of metric tales enamored
against the hoary multiple exponential with light

silently running tempered tales of


the existential question against
the hoary multiple

The bitter fugue continues


centrifugal in its ambient curry
spiced with stuccoed wizening the neat
stumbles underfoot canticle mutes

intrinsically humbling defeats the greater


where bumbling with perpetrators
appetites that astound
the sounds of the un-

distinguished / extinguished
follies verge air wherever the

hunger strikes

There,

FOUR
ask not

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the mutation’s mindly blare
fourth coming out of all sole evenings
intrepid with conclusions of foregone delight

wizening in the dark with hoars


while badges shield their furtive yield
under covers of abstract specimen,

nor

obtrude in its abstruse wakening.


The hope is. More than what it
precludes, making obtuse its

not

the song of the ancient. Three


thrumming treetops of long strands
of branded memory’s candles

[] [] []

withhold. The matter weeps at its reckoning scandal its mordent. Hopes inverted is just us
delayed, no matter. How far the crow. Flies the straightlaced fie the intern and his cara-
pace accruing in the armadillar transfer of heartbeat energy to the chordal hum of
thrumming basses beneath the blare, raising it higher. The note as electrode, the neutron
as sound node: akin within the heartbeat breathing its rising pace. Charge the tumble-
weed: electrified tendrils reek out the firesome stench, slither desert eels gliding over gravel
the dry snakes of Eden charged the sun’s anticipated brightening enlarge the sky to
encompass. The ship estate barges star-bored into ports of calling fish through the biennial
stages of attrition documented by independent sources of hearsay. The evidentiary
thrum blares bass drums thunder snares pop motors rev ready run the edge jump as

The night approaches


day in its august midst dissembling
unknown factors

inherent with fortitude, forbearance its miscue


a deed insistent with attitude, uncaring with all

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due distaste. Inside the clutches far pavilion
the papillon deeds its kiss to the gravel-paced

rumpus of eggshells
remunerating the hen for its young
betrothal of love

as a form of lesser mutation

of seeming landlocked in suet or illusion intensity


density of fortitude in fortissimo either its implied
sound advances its mutation
or per) incendiary tractors

cross the grain with humdrums


of dissipate ensuing the litigants
of the spirit

for giving its excess


all due immensity

while confusing erectitude with trajectory


the pinnacle

understates its height


as calculated from

wanders trapped in dustbowl minds


hoping to find its charge

sur, meta, sum, beta

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graveling data’s groveling blue feet
of course on course in the course of it as it

is

or
may

THREE
be

that as it May or June


the songs of fortitude shall leap in

frenzied delight at platitude


and its economic concomitants
forbearing the thistles of

wandering solitude
monastic in the stress of its kiss

heightening though the damned


be remiss in their desert, enjambed meant
a (s) (n)
new self approaching other
the squinting eye of blast
all visions etched in the solstice of primal regurgitant
stretched dry hides glamoring insist the wretched try
incisions of criminal intent carefully bladed in sum

other
wise to sharpening ways to sharing plaster casements
militia shelters hurrying ahead of the dread apocalypse
whose initial helter-skelter rush to darkened basement

blast

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scurrying ferrets internalized the weighing dangers off
set in actors’ trailers the reel terror lurking in the mirror
mutation blaring is reflection of hordes hurrying toward
a (s) (n)
historic rain prepares the autumn of its last nobility
in pursuit of a ductile recreation vehicle repairing
to the last despair inherent in the last metaphysical

per suit, per capita

the laundry emerges unscathed

dissolute, but rapidly

becoming

a (s) (n) squinting eye of

other selves approaching

the new blast

TWO
musics heard
one ear
turned deaf

with syncopated anticipation

piercing
its very
nostrils

amid the ampersands of everyday diligence


the clockwork of springs unsprung & springing

blARES

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the the

bell magic

free of its

powers blast

under pinned

its the

converging

thrum POP! pluck Be-DONG!

the image in process


declares itself empty refracts, refracts, refracts

the empty in process


declares itself image

retracts, retracts the process declares


itself in empty image

the in image declares


itself empty process

ONE
PERMUTATION WORDS ANOTHER
PER MUTATION WARDS AN OTHER

[] [] []

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Crystal anodynes crush the unhurried.
heartbeats Synapses sneak their hockers in tow. thrum. thrum
Astride cataleptics the sea mists emerge
heart.beats gauntlets tossing the fro from the two to
thrum ,thrum
heartbeats market the hazelnuts dressed trans- thrum. thrum
missions, watching their epithets gargle
heart.beats & glow. TO THE LIGHT, TO THE LIGHT thrum, thrum
cry minds counting numbers between
heartbeats number. Starts the factional breakdown thrum. thrum
to fractions. Actions thump attractions thrum, thrum
heart.beats bump corporate mergers to copulate
heartbeats seats in backs of auditoriums ever. The thrum. thrum
watch heats. The boil waters. The lamb
heart.beats seeks its glow beside the still wattage. thrum, thrum
Electricity flows sounds to the finger’s
heartbeats touch and. The moment is. Near the end thrum. thrum
of the sequence of anticipation squatting thrum, thrum
heart.beats for its leap the crackle sings its singeing
heartbeats music one last breath before merging thrum. thrum
the urgent force that follows its own
heartbeats thrum, thrum

music blares its atom blast


sound sears passing skin
where the din heats its aural
maze ventriloquy starts
leaping voices overlapping
a (s) (n) other blast at

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g0r0u0nd 000z0e0r0o
g0r0o0u0n0d000z0e0r0o
g0r0o0u0n0d000z0e0r0o
g00r00o00u00n00d000z00e00r00o
g00r00o00u00n00d000z00e00r00o
g00r00o00u00n00d000z00e00r00o
g00r00o00u00n00d000z00e00r00o
g00r00o00u00n00d000z00e00r00o
g00r00o00u00n00d000z00e00r00o
g00r00o00u00n00d000z00e00r00o
g00r00o00u00n00d000z00e00r00o
g00r00o00u00n00d000z00e00r00o
g0r0o0u0n0d000z0e0r0o
g0r0o0u0n0d000z0e0r0o
g0r0o0u0n0d000z0e0r0o
g0r0o0u0n0d000z0e0r0o
g0r0o0u0n0d000z0e0r0o
g0r0o0u0n0d000z0e0r0o
g0r0o0u0n0d000z0e0r0o
g0r0o0u0n0d000z0e0r0o
g0r0o0u0n0d000z0e0r0o
g0r0o0u0n0d000z0e0r0o
g0r0o0u0n0d000z0e0r0o
g0r0o0u0n0d000z0e0r0o
g0r0o0u0n0d000z0e0r0o
g0r0o0u0n0d000z0e0r0o
g0r0o0u0n0d000z0e0r0o

-94-
a (s) (n) other blast
at

heat inversion puddles hissing cymbal ringringringring sizzling

dustbowl minds hoping to find

currency from

the croupier’s gamble

boiled music bipeds

choirs of blue necessity

where we are desert flat tumbleweed heartbeats

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