Monday, May 29, 2017

godzilla's travels

Was Dr Ruth a sniper?

to waste less than ev'rything
for people to stand in line
to do something foolish
inside the hollow moon
there's no holding on
pale ultramarine
gray Accord wheeling at dawn
through a fractal wilderness
racing with the ghost of rain
fantastic city
floating domes pastel & vague
oligarch twilight where we run
labyrinthine shimmer-blades


Sunday, May 28, 2017

useless island


"In Japan there also is Yako Zen, wild-fox Zen, the Zen of the phony, the Zen of those pretenders to enlightenment who deceive by mouthing truths they don't understand." --George Crane


Friday, May 26, 2017

the grinch of popish village

Refugee Dallas.

superannuated cockatiel
that candy-colored clown
high mesh walls

view from a window
view of a busy highway

blue teeth
blue cupcakes

white catsup


Thursday, May 25, 2017

interview with the vapor

Good Bones.

sound-world, word-world, alas:
landslides, fireballs, rusted fence
with a broken gate
somewhere in the dreams
Biscayne dark & Biscayne bright
is one that's real
shine a yielding word
ruin in the path of peace
hitch a ride with hearse
carrying many mouths to feed
rays carom off elfcavort
whistling as i suss the airt
tracking fathom'd manticore
tracking fathom'd manticore


Wednesday, May 24, 2017


(via ka-perseus images)

New words in Ido. (--If only!)

they forgot how to do square roots
said ev'rything irrational
will have power over us

shifting of the frame
not directly visible
at dawn, & at the end of life

various thunders in the ego tunnel


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

memnon's curse

"...patriotism is the unconscious form of nationalism. It is being national without understanding the meaning of a nation." --Chesterton

"Live long and prosper" in Ethiopic.

"We abandon the dying like a sick beast left under the hedge." --Iris Murdoch



Monday, May 22, 2017

exploits & sufferings of paper

     "The Yellow Emperor"

one remaining sunflower seed
i dig for with my fingertips


"Come on baby light my fire"
weirdly echoic
in the McDonalds restroom


the alchemist grown ancient
copies & recopies the old equations
cannot make them come out right
cannot make them work
the alchemist
grown ancient


craterous trail, tornadic days
read the map upside down

they go in
they don't come out

this fine sequestered cell
hebdomedal toil
pangs of allegiance pave

dash into the intersection night


on the edge of Chernobyl
i stopped for a picture
it was the trucks bringing the snow
that got snowed in

fields of wild grasses
untouched by the mower
erases all my footsteps
a minute after i make them

willow, williwaw-wambly


Friday, May 19, 2017

torture by pity

Lobsang Rampa.

"But individualism is still the foe of individuality." --Chesterton

these letters "The Davis Mountains" tiny
that door is still there

against all odds
& storms fronted

door never lifted
from locked sleep

our empire is cancer


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

letter from the bottom of the sea

"The sense of mystery on the ocean is constant and oppressive; and yet to those who think, it is the same on the land as on the sea." --Amory H Bradford


"We cannot re-enact the intellectual experience of the Humanists, for whom the Greek grammar was like the song of a bird in spring." --G K Chesterton, What I Saw in America (1922)

Farewell wolverine.

magic fled lit residue
ink smears from a Bic
someone's flavored coffee
ground before this unflavored
ghosts towers rise
& their lost bells
which i have seen cracked

not even a response
which is more & more the norm

melted down from soldiers


Monday, May 15, 2017

tahoka daisy

"The nineteenth century prided itself on having lost its faith in myths, and proceeded to put all its faith in metaphors." --Chesterton


A titanic battle is being fought, over the heads of the populace, who hardly notice it. On the contrary, one half is ready to rise up against th other by force of arms, all on account of what blithely transpires in their "news" feeds, if only they were not, house by house, so utterly intermingled.

On Euler's equation: "Kasner and Newman [in Mathematics and the Imagination] go on to tell how this formula struck Benjamin Peirce (a Harvard mathematician and father of the philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce) with the force of a revelation. 'Gentlemen,' he said one day to his students after chalking the formula on a blackboard, 'that is surely true, it is absolutely paradoxical; we cannot understand it, and we don't know what it means, but we have proved it, and therefore, we know it must be the truth.' " --Martin Gardner, in 10/61 Scientific American


Sunday, May 14, 2017

cricket lexicon

Why are there so many 17th century paintings of monkeys getting drunk?

no no
that wasn't a planet
things belongng to a former life
the rending tide knows
of the driftless
dull green in the stormloom


Saturday, May 13, 2017

] ] doom ]

"Bannon -- somewhere there's a painting getting younger." --@jeffreyford8


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277 lines (prime)

The Secret Sonnets.

"It is only among people whose minds have been weakened by a sort of mesmerism that so transparent a trick as that of advertisement could ever have been tried at all." --Chesterton



Friday, May 12, 2017

the drinker of molten gold

("The Queue" by Alfred Janes (1939))


Glass of perIlous sweet, bones for the fight club
Remorseful fNordplay zing · sunk by a kite flub
Alt-certifieS · till we cry uncle, red mush roar
Shock motleyYow · i now unchortle on Mount Rushmor'
Pheus sciuriNe to the manor born
Retrograded · Eft till that banner morn
If not martyRdom's wiles collaborate
NarwhalpurgiGantomachy · rabble late
KevorkiorkorY night in the nosebleed seats
Your mercuryPasta splurge · sows need-bleats
Yclept eclipAcene with schmiss-chin quarks
Eftsoons aleRt departure blows seed-meets
Nanofurlong Karst or question mark

All Zaidenberg's Huysmans.

"Cherie is thinking of adopting a "submissive" shelter animal... Not sure what her intentions are but she says it does not have to be a cat." --=@JoyceCarolOates

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

generation of vapers

(still from Black Narcissus, via @NitrateDiva)


somewhere north of Franklyn Jenifer
transcending all i could have thought i'd see
array of tilted geometric planes
somewhere north of Franklyn Jenifer

sun in my eyes on the way to Richland
things have fallen into place & so
my scope enlarges to include the news
sun in my eyes on the way to Richland

pale smoke blooms at the indicated takeoff
my eyelids leaden till i prop them more
can efv'rything we've made be falling down
pale smoke blooms at the indicated takeoff

The Return of Throbbing Gristle.

"It is when men have seen and suffered much and come at the end of more elaborate experiments, that they see men under an equal light of death and daily laughter; and none the less mysterious for being many." --Chesterton

Sounds in Transit.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

pillows not to sleep


siren-call of the quotidian iota
golden koan spiralling
into itself with the gaseous census
whose thoughts are full of indices and surds

silverfish, be my messenger

Drilling a square hole.

" has long been recognized that America is an asylum. It is only since Prohibition that it has looked a little like a lunatic asylum." --G K Chesterton

Republishing the Bolted Book.

"That monstrous chamber roofed with blood-red wings" --Nimrod


Tuesday, May 09, 2017

planet clerihew


the reason for my hope
a blank book
planarian worm in maze
the Columbus of worms

call it sleet

Opening and closing.

"And he, that never, never shall return,
Like music burning floats into the sun..."


Klingon Tao te Ching, Ch. 25M.


Monday, May 08, 2017



we if we were otherwise
the city in shambles
still running
the sun goes down
over long-shadowed concrete
splinters & glamoury
what have they done in the capitol

Piet Hein.

"Celebrities seem to function as a pseudo-elite in our society: they are the visible face of success and wealth in our society, but in reality, they've never been more than an especially privileged working class used to appeal to people's aspirational hopes and to deflect anger and criticism away from the real elites, who control the contracts that make most of those celebrities line up to dance." --saulgoodman on Metafilter


Sunday, May 07, 2017

close the door softly


in time they came to see
the side that they were on was wrong
& all their roads sheer fantasy
in time they came to see
no border maker but the sea
& who most listened, was most strong
in time they came to see

the side that they were on was wrong

Suzuki Beane pilot.

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Saturday, May 06, 2017

incision despot

(pic via cassandra grindall on fb)


i keep wanting to find the icebox
in the pantry
in this mirror-universe
whose amino acids do not feed me

dark without
a gold-covered book of T'ang poems

bees on the moon
may find sanctuary there

the 60s
Greece to our Rome

through the myst'ry doors
through the myst'ry doors
through the myst'ry doors

"...who galvanized in excitable need and microdermabrasioned took the lonely exit ramp on the nature, constitution, and forces of matter..."

A word James Whitcomb Riley uses: 'the yeller-janders'.


Thursday, May 04, 2017

telling the cats


a mood in which to divest
a clock exactly six hours off
on your failed experiment
among the final ices
powered by starlessness

"...the Swedish avant-garde does not share the same attributes as the North American one (there is an emphasis on anachronistic, flowery imagery, for example)..."


kite flub


our rabbits
were never anyone's
knocked from their orbits
our rabbits
sit back & kibitz
at all the tumble-clowns
our rabbits

were never anyone's

A spiritual solution to climate change.

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

no omaha moon


HB2899 · HR8832
cirquepunk unction
in zygal wyge
agora birkenstocks

barrage of lost shelf-pegs
in the glarebullseye
of the pulpitbull goatsang fnasting
i am apteryx-shaped
but drumly
as morale declined at the Yildiz Palace

A modern icon painter (including Gerard Manley Hopkins & Philip Berrigan).


Tuesday, May 02, 2017



coins into the day's maw
something counts
Mumbai bongo goatsong

Martin Gardner in Scientific American.

"Surveillance is its own reward." --sayings of Asmoday

Tennis for Two.


Monday, May 01, 2017



my shadow on the alley
this way twice

the book, sealed
the fifth scanner
things you can't see
from a tower

vase of irises
half a second the list

About Wratislaw. (via feuilleton)


an old man plans a garden


apteryx-shaped syllogism
in the horse-brain cup
test-marketed foul play
gray warm morning

suicide by jaguar

Brexit to the stars.