Grand Master Sever Fishbrid of North Cutup, image by Daniel Y. Harris
Five Poems (and one Cut-Up)
Excerpts from Disaster Utopia
V titles ending in α
In hilly grooves jagged crystal teeth in sino-optimist smile fresh fecund for birch and bittern life flight rips out headland husks pulling back tapered skin as deep gullies gasp the earth splayed to arch long after the velocity of vertigogic satellites unfolding inverting chrysalis abrading dizzy snails quaky lives slime victim flashes bursts of driven life well kneaded substance all gaping wide raw landfill beauty King Devanampiya Tissa the forest's first overlord nature's darkness locked.
Super volcano ancestor ash cloud choke hold genetic plant sprawl forgotten marsupial semang old journey unique markers mapping ancient colonization hit flat rock face bent crippled dna dead mandible dead cave entrenched in how did we come to be and how harrowing their journey was a most peculiar mammal.
По Assoluta Maya
The thin veil cuts rifling through waves of enchanted oak and life tissue hunger the voice of an enamoured piano as a man shoos the air between his hands and the forest it whispers its defence surrounding his hands the touch of an artisan in ecstasy laying an invisible framework to the ground and moon at his fee the grass animated moving fur on a feline's back streaming wind through narrow alleyways courtyards the marvelling sky her voice inseparable from her fingertips cutting tossed lonely inside tin cans sealed and did you get her pregnant on vein faded glass and a skill for changing her name becoming like water on a beating drum forming droplets of illusion the veil cuts through coral sheets I did and it is true that the truth breathes doubt in giants a temple of forgetting now dancing the veil hidden from reality and the translucency of little mirror drops connecting with light the fragile collision the hopelessness of guiding the wayward blood of knowing poetry life a chance to see as her mind did through the lens a sense beyond herself and then died there in the city sedate a somnambulist in the night wavering sleep for forgotten dreams decried out in absurd yawn-speak carting her bloated livestock belly around to fill the ghastly shallows awaken a slipstream back through veils cut and exhausted waves surrender caught in pipes and her hollywood eyes sleepy lashes lit under dancing palms starving impotence under a shadow of debutante departure hollow breath and smiling frocks all beauty wrought under glass all sanctuary all time a rhythm carrying captive under her silent veil.
Marmot daughters beaten out abortions conserve heat winter long whoring penguins trade sex for building materials while their husbands guard the nest beavers extort the havocverse coercing smaller rodents into paying land tax for shelter from the ice long before hydrogen fuel double stuffed friction burns deeper hurting to its nucleus nuclear core jets of radioactive emissions throat melting pulsating luminous shapes of tied up gagged laid bare out the best angles its all worth it for that 10 billion year contract the universe engaging in sadistic sex with itself hurtling whirling supernova moans gravitational collapse amasses protoplanetary nail marks stellar asphyxia climax securing the best deal for the rights to the sun a well established brand of intellectual property in the life sustaining energy racket from a little dust cloud grows a gaseous nebula fast tracked ascension now modern man vandal of atom stem cell and ozone and homo rhodesiensis before who from toba ran sailed spat the future re-runs on the history channel everything starved to own even these words quiver scared to go unheard to be undercut to not exist for genealogies stifled todays new phone app tomorrows new creation myth.
Fangs on an Amoeba
This man insisting I sit down has a screen for every pore in his skin tentatively he talks to me about the fusiform gyrus that part of the brain responsible for recognizing faces so I think of all the faces I have ever seen and how now there are none I listen to his amoeba laugh as he writhes his jellyfish tongue contorting with alien motion O’ there are cameras in the grass he bellows and things only hold meaning in a transparent box where voices are made from displaced echoes his tongue recoils man-made displacement from inside plastic voices transparent meaning echo things holding them from man standing in what looks like a make-shift lab a devil smiling at the absolute and I call this demon with his fire-sale soul as he calls himself a stepping outside your self into the beyond and stepping back to find another self alien but not unfamiliar like james dean under halogen an oyster pirate seal hunter klondike miner tracing these visceral words like a tongue over a hideous scar the embossed tissue prickling those little nerves.
Coprolites (an internet cut-up)
A hypothesized spherical cloud of comets that may lie nearly a light-year from the Sun it is thought to comprise two separate regions: a spherical Supernova the duchess of Windsor a fer broma tot dient-hi “crec que ningú entén veritablement la mecànica quàntica”) Super Nintendo Entertainment System of Central and South America Sub-Saharan Africa the Indian subcontinent and the Gulf Coast of the United States The Fulvous Whistling Duck is a common but wary species It is largely resident apart from local movements but vagrancy has occurred to southern Europe It nests on a stick platform in reeds laying 8–12 eggs but hollow trees or old bird nests are occasionally used for nesting Allar gitingarnar um altjóða yvirgang frá víðgongdum bólkum úr Mið- ella Fjareystri tagnaðu tá norski løgmálaráðharrin Knut Storberget 22 juli kundi vátta at løgreglan hevði handtikið ein norskan ríkisborgara við etniskum norskum uppruna Sjónarváttar á Utøya høvdu longu tá sagt at tað var ein høgur ljósur maður sum tosaði eina The Fulvous Whistling Duck Dendrocygna bicolor is a whistling duck which breeds across the world’s tropical regions in much dialekt frá eystlandsøkinum ella eina dialekt sum kom frá Oslo ella onkrastaðni kring norska høvuðsstaðin El problema de la mesura és un dels principals fronts Gulf Coast of the United States The Fulvous Whistling Duck is a common but wary species It is largely resident apart from local filosòfics que obre la mecànica quàntica Si be la mecànica quàntica ha sigut la teoria física més precisa fins el moment permetent fer càlculs teòrics relacionats amb processos naturals que donen 20 decimals correctes i ha proporcionat una gran quantitat d’aplicacions pràctiques (centrals nuclears rellotges d’altíssima precisió ordinadors) existeixen certs punts difícils en la interpretació d’alguns dels seus resultats i fonaments (el premi Nobel Richard Feynman arribar a fer broma tot dient-hi “crec que ningú entén veritablement la mecànica quàntica”) The Barry Family of Twin Falls Idaho’s personal family blog “The Cutest blog on the block”: Last night at dinner: Mom: I can’t believe school is about to start! Jaxson: Yep then you won’t have to play with me all day Today I was standing outside my car talking to a friend when Jax banged on the window and yelled “Mom did you remember us?” Just a minute ago I heard “Who wants to spank my butt and win a prize?” Coprolites are classified as trace fossils as opposed to body fossils as they give evidence for the animal’s behaviour (in this case diet rather than morphology The name is derived from the Greek words κοπρος / kopros meaning ‘dung’ and λιθος / lithos meaning ‘stone’ They were first described by William Buckland in 1829 Prior to this they were known as “fossil fir cones” and “bezoar stones” They serve a valuable purpose in palaeontology because they provide direct evidence of the predation and diet of extinct organisms.