fidelic whore-- this is appropriationmy sweet synchronicity ,i have downed your appetitein a bed of front teeth (it is morning in perthmidnight in dublin, and the noonsun has been lost behinda dress of mothy curtains)do i taste ofyour forethought of love making;do i reek ofthe weeds that have infiltratedthe posture of your spine?-you bend overmy lap a curve of guiltand weep all night.i collect each knob of your bodylike a gift. press it to my mouth.swallow, spit.
i haven't forgottentell me, boywho is your god.do not say itis the limbsthat spread youbetween knowingand comfort;do not tell me it ishands wrapping a headboard, nor a mouthtugging your namefor salvation.i want to know who it isthat makes you lucent,bent beneath the dark,weeping,because there is no divinitylike the one that makesyou bleed
how to healthey say honeyto soften the wound, but i let the woolwet with ethanolgnawuntil i amweeping,again, and again,and again
note 62i fell asleep besidehim, and around elevenhe woke up and said"i'm leaving"where did the hungerunlock from, why is iti spent months watchinghim come and leave withnothinguntil now"don't" i said"stay" i saidand bent my armsaround him. "allof a sudden you love me again,"and he stayed for a little bit longer
a poem for your poetryin you, find:repetition,cut lines,dash-and-enjambment;a woeof honesty wringingthe strength fromemotion:toward the end,destroyed.
i and youwho is it thatyou dream of?is it mewith the knife in your back;do you see methe woman witha wolf jawcut slack in a growl?do i pounce you?do you defeat mewith the knifei gave you?and i wonder the soundof me when you finally put your demonto rest--she is a venus(her body cut fromthe ivory tusk with hips like that of a valley, breasts shaped astwo moons caught inher breath)and i am the trapshe slips into.i cut her headinto a loop land wear her round my necklike lace.
a love letteri couldn't sleep. there are a lot of things on my mind, and i kept tossing, trying to fling the feelings from me, but they wouldn't leave, so i said to myself, "i'm going to write my fucking heart out, and it's going to feel much like getting slammed by a bus or a train, that immense crash and pain and blackness and the confusion after the hit (do you tumble, crack your head on the pavement or do you die, right there?)" and this is how this letter will go.i'm scared of losing you. shit scared. i go to bed at night, sure that i have you here, somewhere, whether in my mind or in my heart and i wake up and i can't breathe and god i feel like i've really lost you somewhere, in my dreams or my actions or words unsaid. and god, you don't know what it is like to have a person like you missing from a bitter thing like me. i need you. i am coffee, black and roasted and hard to swallow but you make it so easy. you are my sugar, sweet thing, constant love and nothing else. you make me okay. you
KATRINALIVES A MILEfrom the sea.she is sallow as a beach.she smells like rain,or a wet earth,with pale hair clippedbehind her headwith pins.she feels as though her hairwould be black. but it isbrown, sometimesand sometimesit is colorlessblonde.KATRINAGIVES MY STOMACHa fight.she doesn't speak.she is silence.i speak at her, mostlyand her eyeslook as thoughthey've been pluckedfrom a lynxto replaceher own.they are blue around the edgesthe deep blue you findat the edge of the sea,if you've been out that far.at the center they are greenlight like a riptide.they tug you in.unmoving, and calculatingwith audacity.KATRINAi said to someone once,gave me head.she didn't.her hands are too far duginto the coast of spainfor her to reach me,far too eagerfor my composure.she'd suck me drylike her mothers didthe caspian sea,like the fields of saharaonce lush with green.she is a barefoot girl.she moans like the shorefrontin the dead of night.i've made love to
movinglet's talk about itlet's talk about itlet's talk about itlet's talk about itlet's talk about itlet's talk about itlet's talk about itlet's talk about itlet's talk about iti'm so fucking sick of talking.and sitting in this house, and thinking. and feeling like themuscles in your throat thatrepel everything you sticktoo far downi was told that it was all inmy head that the world wasagainst me. i am paranoid,i am blackened by this bodythat hangs in the corner ofmy mindand it's all in my headthe way things vacate and glarebut every body is goneand the night is so silentso uncoincidentally at thesame hour,it's all in my head,and the floor hasbeen torn up, my prettywhite washed carpet,and underneath it's the samescraped floorboards, the sameshitty floor that was therewhen i was laying on itnine years ago,and i saidto myself the otherday things have changedthings have changedthey aren't the same,and i'm glad
on clarity, seeing yourself as you arewe're all hypocrites here.and we're all artists.we paint ourselvesonto someone else likeit isn't painful for them,like it isn't killing themin the process. we give themownership of our failures,we lay our flaws under theirtongues so when they speak,more often than not, we hearsome distorted version ofourselves. we expect themto love the way we love. we expectthem to fight the way we fight. but yeah, we'reall fucking artists, right?and we're all individuals, of course.we're all on our brave, one-mantrip to enlightenment,we're proud of the wayour word has been shaveddown to feelings, and moments,mood swings, and oxyoff the bathroom sink.well i can't be the only fuckingone who's tired of being an artist.i can't be the only one tiredof seeing my skin stretched out overeveryone i know. i am tired of watchingmy reflection shimmer and fade in theirsmiles, in their wrath. i am tired of becomingsilver in one moment only to tarnish in thenext. i am tired of asking
hungry womankiss me where i'm starving,a hungry woman's love is startling.drop your lips down my wrist,grab my hair, strip my kiss-the tongue is equippedwith two loves, one:skin, the other larcenyopen me uptake my shadowsscar melick my woundslift my fearsguard metake me downthrough the mountainsand haunt me. i neverwanted you to steal my dreams,but i wanted you to watch me in yoursleep behind my eyes where you couldcalm your lungs and ease your mind.breathe until yourbreath tastes fine.we take turns being strong,you and i, though i'll admit-you are the strongest most of the time.lick my wounds while i heal,make me yours, make you mine.kiss me where i'm starving.a quiet man may havethe loudest heart, buta hungry woman's loveis startling.
ZemiThings having to be returned to their transparency: i. / green mist-earth / knit atmosphere / fathomless blue-lavender / lights spun out from light ii. are recalcitrance / and you are convergence & - a fingernail of summer - a melting of rain - a crown of flowers - a priest of sunsets(beautiful? I love you, because. Zemi.Zemi. are you beautiful because I loveyou? Zemi? ) iii. I imagine this is what it's like to breathe sea foam over the Cliffs of Moher: hydration. absolution. To Rilke, it's a melody that floods over us when we have forgotten how to listen for it. I never could forget this: for how could I know my hand as both well and chasm? and how could I know time, a windstruck dimension, standing in her white street? iv. We go on morning walks and Zemi laughs at everything I say.
what are you thankful for?thank god for youand for LSDand for all things in between the twothank god for democracyand for level-headed patriotswho realize the real love of countryis the love of others and respect of self.thank god for the biologistsand the chemists and the physicists andthe mathematicians who in the faceof an ugly human race, give mereasons to love the worldeven more every day.thank god for trees and mountainsand oceans and fresh air and wide fields and, i'll say it again, thank god for youand for LSD too because they belong in the listof natural beauties as well. you are made of the earthand lucy helped me to see that. every day i thank god forthe truth being that he doesn't really exist. that all thingsexist. that i have a conscience to keep me straight. thatenergy is never created or destroyed. that energy is god. i thank godfor that.thank god for my family. i wish they weren't so blind but i thankgod for them nonetheless. i thank god for your eyes. green likethe back
a string drawn tautthere are so many blue stars in your skinbut i can't believe each neuron is a universealight with planets,gaunt aliens signing godin the absence of your name,dim cars on the street,beneath an awninglike a glowing orange wombyou shudder saying,god,i just had a chill, is this room coldor are we in the gut of a giant who's strung outseven days lifeless,biting the apple,a dragon,wishing for his mother,mijo, dioses magno,the earth is spinning in the eyesof a turtlewith a red shellwho swims in the flowers ophelia braided, who swallows supernovas and they pass through his kidneys,oh god,we could burst any minute,a fly's nerves twitch,tectonics shift, a city laid,babel screechesbetween microscope lenses, clutching wife to child,do you know my name?do you know you're shivering? do you know i'm the son of your nucleus?i live in your cheekand die at your
Vishnui. (matsya - fish)in the beginning, there was silver;mercury inscribing cuneiformbeneath the bloodwork of your skewed scales,scrawling preserverthroughout salt-drenched lungs.and you laced clear planets into your slipstream,wrapped solar systems in translucence.ignoring all the shattered galaxies. ignoringhow easily their frail orbitsbroke.ii. (kurma - turtle)your ribcage screamed a shattered warcryof not-quite-god and less-than-human;a shark's-tooth carapace crushed in. forgotten names clawed out your sternum.your spine fused into your biting back.iii. (varaha - boar)razor-wireless shrieked of true talesthieved by midnight's neon-tripped true bones.gunshot eyelids half-horizon,you rose, arpeggioof stop.iv. (narasimha – half-man, half-lion)he walked like christian gods on holybreaking waves of children's bowed backs.a crooked tooth inside you turned,crucified his smug steel-gray blue.v. (vamana - dwarf)eras of electrons scratchedthemselves into your heels
SurrealismThree a.m., andGod is in my bathtubagain—sipping whiskeyhallelujahs;backlit bya freshwater moonin the mother-of-pearl sky.
(MDCCCXVIII.)& maybe élanis holdinga magnumto your temple-no bullets,flowers(lilacs)like we stolewhen we were young,wondering aboutcelestial skies& the meaning of forever:it will never passinto nothingness.
Eighteight.i felt most violatedwhen you denied it—evidence may have mountedin the mouths of other victimsbut i haven't spoken—even in the wake of certainty,family and loyaltyforked my liar's tongue—maybe it's enoughthat you know what you did—because i can't bring myselfto hate you.seven.your son's beautiful—you were my firstand i don't regret that—in your arms,i realized myself.six.it wasn't my fault—i received the letteryears too lateand suicidehas never been sympatheticin the eyes of thosewho suffered to live—yet, i write for you,remember your face acutely,long for the nightwe bathed togetherand you told meGod hated us.five.i wrote a poem for you—it was long and vitriolic,full of anger's energy but—halfway through,i realized you aren't worth it—have a nice life,long and unfulfilling.four.you hid food under the bed,said we were bad children,did everything in your powerto make us f
.all we are is cheapmetaphorsgoldfish drowning inthe ocean, birds that forget how toflap their wings, mid-flight
apart.and I was sitting in the gutterafter trying for the fourth night in a rowto drown you along withall my other ghostsand the churchwas across the streetcross lit up high in the skyand it feltlike the completeopposite of salvation.it was 4amand with the neon blueshining in my eye linei realised i was alonei was utterly alonein the saddest way possible.
life history tradeoffsnothing grips me the waythese notes do. strung together,high, low, together, blue.tonight, i amnot laughing withthe seagulls flyingover the cape, no,i am not smilingbecause i counttheir wings andi am free.i am cryingbecause though it is beautiful,though i am free,though i stand beside you,though i am still and thoughmy steps are small and silentin a sadistic, empty house-though you kiss my headand number my fearsso they are manageable,i am still my sorrow,i am still the shitthat soaks intothe soil andmakes grassgrow. i amlosingmy fear,but i amlosingmy mind,i amlosingit all.
make me blue foreverwe had sex between empty boxes on the floor and the scent of vanilla and dragon's blood incense made everything seem more vacant than it had to be. the room was cool but too warm beneath his skin, between his and mine. the ashtray was half-full, i noticed, as we moved across the floor, and the smell of summer dying was coasting through an open window. i becameinfatuated with the knowledge that fall was coming. soon it would be cold. i could smoke,stare at the sky and maybe i'd stop purging. maybe i'd commit to health, stop cutting and anxiety. maybe i would change.or maybe i'd keep promising myself that until next fall. all the while, i am changing, just not in ways i want. i corrode internally. i turn so blue that i begin tofade into the sky.he grabs my hips and moves me, tipping me up and steadying me to ride him, the phosphorescence of the quiet bright room seemingly ingested by me. m
untitledseducing the writeris pointless;he'll seduce himselfif you're silent.
tremblingmaybe i should askyou for a lifetime,she said withher palms dangling,neck dangling, toestipping over themselveslike she was the pervasiveproduct of a sad, crumpledpuppeteer.maybe i should askyou for, at least,a summertime, she said,this time circling withblack, slick, meteorsfor eyes. i didn't care-supernova or end of theworld, i'd tear myselfapart just to be ather center. i'dvolatize myself,blue blood runningthin- i'd destroymyself.maybe i should askyou for my name back.maybe i should askyou for some space.maybe i should askyou for some fuckingcompany when i'm aloneand i can't faceanyone else. maybei should introduceyou to my mother.maybe i should peelyour skin and blow your cover.maybe i shouldask youfor alifetime, she said.i'd give it,oh man, would i give it.
.i have learnt enough about gravityto know that he can do what i can't, myselfsnap my bones like twigsunderfoot, andhe says that beautiful things arethe easiest to break
they can't be takentheir bleach skin caught my eyealbino white against the wildhair like bright sky electric in the briarshaloed sister gods shot down like fawn
tell me things
that are true.tell me thingsthat are true.'fall comes soon,your eyes are blue.i love you.'any of those willdo.'breathe,come on,deep breaths.'the seizing ofmy chest is makingup for all the yearsthat i thought iwas dead.'hannah,come on,i am trying my best.'pleasetell me things thatare true.tell me things thatare true so when i losemyself, i willalways knowthat youhave me,that ihaveyou.
thankheaven for books,and mulatto boys thatbreak my heart; thank god for vodka andthank god for urges that slither into deep throatspast better judgement and thank god for his handsthat he lovedme with