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Ending With Lines From Supertramp

Monday, April 24, 2017

I CAN’T remember what they’re called,
the little tabs that go in shirts
to keep their collars straight—not tabs,
but plinths? Or stanchions? I’ve a friend
who calls them slidy flats. But what’s
the proper word for them? Not sharps,
surely, or monoliths. They can’t
be called straighteners or guides.
    But anyway I’m missing one
today, and so have one curled prong
or pointer: flyaway off to
the right. I feel a boy in school
inadequately dressed, of poor
couture, cannot afford fresh sticks
to sharp my collar points. And what
of love? It’s raining again; and
you know, it’s hard to pretend; oh no.

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Poem Composed in 22 Seconds

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

We think you might be sending
Friedrich mixed messages, Janice.
We’d like you to stop contacting him.
If he needs anything, he’ll reach out,
and then you can reach out,
and the sun and moon will reach down
their light, and the rain reach its rain,
and life will go on reaching, imploring,
and feeling its way forward through time;
and that is the end of your picture
book, Janice, here in the middle
of our way. Caught on a rain-lashed
peninsula, poised atop a deck chair,
reading night-time words to a wee one,
both of you drenched, nothing
can get in the way now, Janice.
The future is yours to embargo.

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Willem Jacob Gravesand

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Shortly after I became a brand
I decided to look up one
of my old schoolteachers—
Willem Jacob Gravesand.
We used to have fun
visiting various beaches

where we would conduct
experiments in mathematics
by multiplying bathers.
Sometimes it sucked,
though; Willem’s antics
wore thin, and his father’s

also got old. I hadn’t forgiven
him until much later,
when I became a Christian.
Jesus’s hands and riven
side. No longer a hater,
I joined a Dutch delegation

sent to welcome the Hanoverian
succession in Great Britain,
and Prof. Gravesand was there!
Bright eyes. Merely an
apology sparked the man,
the mathematician: my mentor.

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Aaron Belz

Monday, April 17, 2017

The poet in all ages has despised riches and grandeur. Aaron Belz improves this sentiment into a hatred of the rich and great.

The poet of other times has been an enthusiast in the love of his native soil. Aaron Belz rejects all restrictions on his feelings. His love is enlarged and expanded so as to comprehend all human-kind.

The old poet was a warrior, at least in imagination; and sung the actions of the heroes of his country, in strains which ‘made Ambition Virtue’, and which overwhelmed the horrors of war in its glory. Aaron Belz hoists the dying onto his shoulder and carries them into the darkness of distant fireworks.

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East Coker, Part IV

Friday, April 14, 2017

The wounded surgeon plies the steel
That questions the distempered part;
Beneath the bleeding hands we feel
The sharp compassion of the healer’s art
Resolving the enigma of the fever chart.

    Our only health is the disease
If we obey the dying nurse
Whose constant care is not to please
But to remind of our, and Adam’s curse,
And that, to be restored, our sickness must grow worse.

    The whole earth is our hospital
Endowed by the ruined millionaire,
Wherein, if we do well, we shall
Die of the absolute paternal care
That will not leave us, but prevents us everywhere.

    The chill ascends from feet to knees,
The fever sings in mental wires.
If to be warmed, then I must freeze
And quake in frigid purgatorial fires
Of which the flame is roses, and the smoke is briars.

    The dripping blood our only drink,
The bloody flesh our only food:
In spite of which we like to think
That we are sound, substantial flesh and blood—
Again, in spite of that, we call this Friday good.

–T.S. Eliot, 1940

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My Cat

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Named my cat Whiskers.
If you think that’s unoriginal,
he named me Bill. My real
name is Aaron, and who
meows what his real name is?
Could be Alphonse Lord
Sparklepaws the Ninth.

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Two Kanye Limericks

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

There once was a man from Chicago
Whose whole art was built on his ego:
“I am me, me am I”
He sang with a sigh;
And so he became a mere sideshow.

A certain rapper had a powerful gift
His sad listeners’ spirits to lift.
“All I need is a beat
And some words to repeat”;
But he also was rude to Miss Swift.

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Undeveloped Social Media Properties

Thursday, April 6, 2017


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In a World

Friday, March 31, 2017

In a world where you
can be anything, be kind
of interesting. Don’t
overdo it with the hairdo
and the rumpled blazer
look. Don’t keep checking
your Apple Watch.
Drop the act, in other
worlds, such as Saturn.
In a Saturn where you
can’t even breathe,
and temps lurk just north
of minus 300 degrees,
be kind. Don’t lose
your cool all the time,
because time is on your
side, yes it is. Time
is on your side, yes it is.
You’ll come running back
to Earth in that
futuristic space-hopping
asteroid-evading VTOL
flying disc you call a “car.”

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Summer Salt

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sitting at my desk staring off into spices
arranged on a rack nearby: cardamom,
cumin, dark shambles, estrogen.

Peppercorn. Like I don’t even know
what sage is, and you do? It’s sexist,
and I’m tired of it, and so

is everybody else. We’re weary
of being categorized according to arbitrary
criteria like what kind of car we drive.

Standing up, taking it all in with a yawn.
Who has time to canoodle
with an imaginary bank dick

that looks like a cross between Kevin
Spacey and Bert Blyleven? Not eye
will see nor ear will hear,

the famous scripture reads, when He
returns, rendering all this fruitless—
this gesture and these bootless cries.

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