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Mother mouthed you from a
rye-eyed linen bloom,
borne & bored on a rapeseed bed
(insert the “gendering” of responsible action)
there you were, in your grandmother’s slip,
your very ancient DNA from a
haplogroup of Neolithic proportion,
(I believe you came red-gluten-cotton,
sucking faux-fiber, taut meat
suffocation between teeth)
Mother Earth pinned to your breast
like homework (“C+” “D-”)
reinforcing your synthetic value,
your counterfeit blood & bones
pneumatic token, a digital tempest,
fake breath, alternative girl.
She shaped you, made
hands from paws
hoofs to jaws
sludge to goldleaf replica.
Mother mouthed us false:
the atrophied stars—
in warped air.
Is it homogametic to save us
(address poetically our planet)
Amazon rams new, national identity
Transparent new brand:
You don’t speak
my clan tongue
casted a dozen swords
welcome to my deep state
They’ll find you,
Whole Food kill you,
stake claim to
land & animal.
They’ll give you dense
& say, “swallow these.”
You won’t float.
See “multiple habitable planets”
The point of the monologue:
reinforce quo, ego
Earth is oily
Earth is classified
Earth is special
Citizen assigns significance
scope & sphere immediately tangible
See “the horizon”
water is lamina
bills (from tree flesh)
coins (from mineral/alloy/rock)
yet for years
no gold in Fort Knox
to back our debt.
Think of the clover mite,
so micro red; my mother
so tiny in the Brazil heat.
That’s how I see her now.
Water is lamina — rust, moss, & rot.
Wood anemone plus globeflower equals sex
power: source your senses from fluids.
The Bear staged Eagle’s extinction.
No time to write to your phantoms in uniform.
Unmask each night & investigate
weathervanes for bad bearings.
Keep watch for duplicitous foxes,
seeking eyes in the bottom of your wineglass,
maps that isolate themselves.
As the photo studio burns,
children howl from having to sit still
too long, grabbing their forcefields,
becoming rinds of mother & daughter & son
dying in an organized fashion.
Epiphytes are plants that live upon other trees without actually causing them any harm
I’m raising money to rent space at the Music Box Theatre to screen this timely and phenomenal documentary everyone should see: THE MASTER PLAN
This investigative documentary film explores the methods through which Russia influences the domestic policy of the Baltic States – by dividing the local community, promoting nostalgia for the Soviet Union and dismissing the recovered independence of the Baltic States.
dir. Juris Pakalniņš, 52′, Latvia/Lithuania/Estonia, 2016
Production company: Mistrus Media | www.mistrusmedia.lv
In Co-production with Monoklis (Lithuania), Allfilm (Estonia)
National Film Centre of Latvia
State Culture Capital Foundation
Lithuanian Film Centre
Creative Europe programme of the European Union
Estonian Public Broadcasting
Lithuanian Radio and Television
I’m very honored to be published in the Vilnius Review this month!
The editor—Marius Burokas—was recently interviewed in a local Lithuanian arts and culture newspaper, Bernardinai, mentioning the growing desire of poets and writers in the diaspora to bridge the gap with their native counterparts. Marius was kind enough to mention me as one the poets in the US and Canada who seek to participate in future Lithuanian-sponsored book fairs and readings.
Happy to share that one of my White Stockings poems has been shortlisted (among ten finalists) for the Berfrois Poetry Prize.
So Spuyten Duyvil is putting out a sizable anthology of some extremely talented and activist voices in poetry today. So grateful to be included in this book.
Resist Much, Obey Little Anthology