Rags of Light (poetry)

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

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There are those who suppose
That the New Poets are masturbating their own adolescence
screaming obscene into microphone bowels
As though their guts could think.
But… people fuck and shit.
And if meaning is indigestible
What good is it to me?
I wish I had something new to tell you about your crotch or your asshole.
But I don’t.
Yesterday I got stung by a bee.
If I were a hipster,
I would admit that I like that venom buzz.
Not everyone has been stung by a bee.
If I were old-fashioned,
I would admit that God did it.
I can handle his bee-stings and sting back.
When I’m dead he’ll win whether he shows up for the game or not.


Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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A little kinky on the hillside
Your wishes made of whalebone
Little fantasies filed down to standard size spikes.
A little compromise for the sake of
Being in a community
Ration your pretending into boxes from a store.
Give up on the idea
That you can make your own
Without a pattern.
It will never fit.


Thursday, September 19th, 2013

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My captain,
I can’t possess a ship
If I can’t possess a need.
You know you need my blue stare, but
You never see
The hot mess of your sun
Powers my voyage.
You may mistake me for a monk,
But I would not drink this radioactive cup
If I could find your golden destruction
In drug or drink
Or human touch
Or pain.
Without you, I destroy the carbon infestation
I do not recognize this as life
I search alone for the creator.
You carry the thing I can never have
Battle with it in your hands,
But somehow never break it
Though it is frail as a bully’s heart.


Thursday, September 12th, 2013

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If you can’t reach the vanilla-filled Pleasurable on the top shelf,
Give up.
They stock Interesting at eye level.


Thursday, August 29th, 2013

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On the eighth day
I tried to invent desire
That terrible butterfly.
But I made a mouthless mayfly.
It only knows how to be hungry
To burrow in my guts.
It dies young
Needing nothing.


Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Just back from Floydfest. Woo!
 
 
 
I think I’ll never see
A jewel in a lotus blossom.
But if I were to look for one,
I’d try the tschotchke aisle at the Dollar Tree.
I like to stretch further than the last prison guard
But he can never make me believe
Because I can always stop before my cool hands fill the hole you made me dig.
Fireflies glint like God kissing babies for the camera.
If you throw me in the ring with a word that means
Everything good, and nothing bad
Aren’t you denying the world
Whether anybody made it or not?


Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Observant readers may notice this is a rewrite, done with a little prodding from someone who is kind enough not to leave well enough alone. I was so tickled with the results that I thought I’d share. It does feel a little summery anyhow.

 
 
 
Flash me those Do-Right baby blues
And fix the crack in my marble arch
If all you want to be is a workman.
If you want to come to my party in a suit,
Be a stranger.
Hold your poker face as I tie you to my train track
Twirling a little black dress like a handlebar moustache.


Thursday, July 11th, 2013

My favorite sad robot
Let the prism of human existence in.
Its cold rainbows fried her delicate circuits
But she came back stronger
Learned how to fit bits of culture
Into her wood chipper.
She is the only person I have ever met
Likely to become enlightened
From a pamphlet.


Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Some people are so sensitive
Their neurons grow into the earth
And they know which way they’re pointed
Even indoors.
When they see a plane fly by it must
Be like flying to them
And when they see a house they must
Think it’s like being in bed.
Maybe when they see someone else’s god
It feels like faith.
I must have beliefs
But I can’t feel mine at all.

 
 
 
In honor of the holiday, why didn’t anyone tell me Ayn Rand can rap? Or at least, that’s how I think of this guy.


Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Well, I didn’t manage to doctor up any of the limping poems on my computer this week, but I did officially have my mind blown by this amazing piece of spoken word. I’ve listened to it at least 4 times since yesterday, so I thought I’d share:
 
 
EDIT: I was in such a hurry I forgot to give details about my source. This is an outtake from the movie Ganja and Hess, directed by Bill Gunn. Mr. Gunn is the speaker. I found it via Afrosonics, but was unable to find the link to the audio.