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“[...]yo escribo porque el druido, / bajo el rumor de sílabas del himno, / encina bien plantada en una página, / me dió el gajo de muérdago, el conjuro / que hace brotar palabras de la peña. / Los nombres acumulan sus imágenes. / Las imágenes acumulan sus gaseosas, / conjeturales confederaciones. / Nubes y nubes, fantasmal galope / de las nubes sobre las crestas / de mi memoria.” -Octavio Paz

October 18, 2014

Look, a thing!

Notes on educational incarceration

You can always go back
to being weak willed and undisciplined

Vulture-faced collector
of what we’ve tossed away,

babies’ fingers & our dreams’
toenail clippings You can

forever commit to being
an insignificance that flickers

in the corners of our digitized moment,
an alert about rockfall

in the accounts wing
of thousands of bricklayers’

home bar-none of the sacrileges
we are commited to You can

constantly trick your neighbors
into asserting you in your stead,

while you waffle between knife handles
and stone garden layouts, flowers

bursting at the seams
from an overloaded sense of shame

We can always go back to being
weak willed disciplinarians, flaws

transparencies- but what would we
ever hope to write upon ourselves, such?

2 days ago
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September 2, 2014

Chiapas is breath inspiring

San Cris

A cow howls
in the middle of the road

Those of us in sight are stopped
before her, who is
for that then

the moment
spins slowly around her

We leave again

There are
tiny cans of fire

maintaining the divide
with clouds

they try to climb higher

to where we are

but burn away
with sight of the sky

A cool breeze rushed past my skin

A slow motion fight

We watch the sun come
over the long switchback
to a distant church

The air smells of spirits,
and pines

1 month ago
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August 8, 2014

I wander looking

I wander looking
for you, without
looking for you

I nourish myself
on the essence of
black poplars and lost dreams

of rainy seasons set in
glass hallways
where their audience saw ever

-ything’s palms pressed
against the water
without warmth,

without washing
About my home
here the sidewalks grow

increasingly beset
with hounds who leave
their daytime footprints

in this misty recent cement
shell over the lake of soil
I sleep little

and wrapped in iron,
for all that it burns me
as well, as howls

and a caravan charge
the air, splinters
and shattered bayonets

Where it would carry me, I say not.
How we gird hopes
against the end!

2 months ago
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July 21, 2014 pt. 2

Here’s the second one

Bricolage and basket weaving

this park is glut with birds,
sick with so many

glass and stone and
paint and blood creatures

A fountain that doesn’t move
Hands hold all the flagpoles

so that they remember
which way is skyward

Most of the birds
have already forgotten

They’ve laced their claws
and bones into baskets

for their beaks
and orange blossoms, now

3 months ago
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July 5, 2014

Last night, the stay here


I survive here on beer;
you on sawdust and
dried childhood trauma
pressed by desk legs
into moving pallets
to carry away all of you
concerned strangers
Not that they recognize you,
they carry miniatures
of captured tearings,
those shied away from
every once reflected before
in those memoirs

Cast out onto the ocean
foam I wave away
repressed magpies
and sink saws to settle a city

3 months ago
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June 27, 2014 pt3

Star sightings

for a long country, there 
are more cities in the sky or

Perhaps I have been spun 
as we pull away and

the voice quivers the sky 
the voice quivers

between sparrow beaks
and I think I’m flying

all of my word’s migrations 
But then the sky was ground

again and all the fracturing stars 
huddled to break my monologue

3 months ago
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June 27, 2014 pt1

Wrote a lot on the plane

Doubting under the hills

Above the haze is an abrupt
distinct space- aggressively empty
and offensively jagged, the peaks
defy hateful condensed intrusion

Jarring amethyst shards,
in countless pieces,
decorate their bases,
spiteful and miniscule

What does occupying this average
raised space cost the standard
shape of man? Ideally, we imagine
ourselves smoldering hyperbolically

through the sky, but there’s nothing
preservative about infinity- we
waste away slowly, underground,
to a jazzy stamp and the darkness

3 months ago
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September 18, 2014

Unsure of gardening on Thursday flights

There is no tonic
for these clashing theses of

history, shattered metal cups
Think about something

you would never do-
Chase down a falling brick

as the rain laughs in Berlin,
some time when you could see Mars

in the sky and Venus
was a dozen different little birds

fighting over a snail’s long walk home?
Skip stones over the salt flats

outside of Stalingrad
while all the silly words were killed,

petals plucked one by one,
dancing Sunday afternoon apostasies?

Liszt’s aleatoric tradition clashes
with a band of roving return flights;

you do you, what you never could

4 weeks ago
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August 20, 2014

Yes it’s late here. Unrelated; here is mexico city

Pride land

A city looks different at night

It’s a glow worm
coming down the metro tunnel

you spot exotic tequilas
made from sinning crystal

strewn across fields,
glimmering poppies

that sprout across the erect skyline
and haze instead of mountains

As you place yourself
in the role of penthouse

the skyline is never so
threatening as a stranger,

perhaps a Colombian swamp,
that you lose

in the convenience store distance
The cups king rules here,

any desert of relationships
that bridles your wild taxis,

like these packs of hyenas
held people this far into the dark

You are an antelope, a wildebeest,
some animal I’ve never heard of

The sky crackles
in a tire fire, you scream

2 months ago
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July 31, 2014

Gotta stop getting the metro funk

Know you to speak

That the rivers wash away our wounds
There are some with whom I speak
poetically Others with whom
pragmatically And

some suffer my precision
Else I am another one of a thousand
myselves, scrimshaw herons
clattering gibberish for apples- don’t we all

I want to see stars more, more
Machado in tilled brushlands,
the murderous Castilla,
sews up himself with shrubs

The bones branches singing odes
and benedictions for the belabored
in things I’m not sure of
you, I can’t know to speak to you

2 months ago
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July 21, 2014 pt.1

I wrote a couple new things in a chopperia called Rayuela

Grafting as amateur sculpture

It smelled of thousands of years for
a second that I climbed out of the metro

Five men cut down, the work of two leaves
littering laymen-blue crosswalks

between the scent of evergreens and the house
of the goose downed lines of salted earth

set out to dry the scorched eye sockets
Peaches and tearing out IVs make up my meals-

I am nurtured by blood spilled before time
All such a waste

3 months ago
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July 3, 2014

Think I hope I have a real living space, now

Hollow bird cages

I keep hearing the
same tune Crackling

paper stars litter
the subway Broken

violin strings, snapping
birds talons Empty sounds

of a crowd breaking on
glass stalls and miners

Falling stones of fair tickets,
cotton balls, sin-laden

stints in a drunken booth
The same song, sung out

like tiles crackling, pigeons
trapped in steel gutters

3 months ago
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June 27, 2014 pt2

Composing hymnals and mixing paints

the sky is stained with 
the descent of blue

If we head to 
the west, it is by way

of the clouds, 
of the peaks we skip, 
of feathers that call 
with the determined hands 
of the day

Of the heights
my ribs are broken

chess pieces The fit between  
the bleeding orange and

the triumphant return 
of the planets, their liturgies

3 months ago
22 notes