POEM THAT WANTS TO KNOW IF WE NEED ANYTHING FROM THE STORE
Delores Grocery, pray stop
boasting about your
connections or enough
of your clients will begin
demanding a discount far deeper
than you can muster. Your brand
is unsexy, you don’t see
go-go dancers acting all whimsical
and what about their dinero
is the wrong
color. Delores Grocery, please, I’m really
asking you. Delores Grocery,
I’m starting to worry
about your relationship
to capital—maybe only
because I’ve been reading Joshua Clover,
but possibly you’ve been, too—
Delores Grocery, tell me
mind my business
and forgive me, I’ve never
even set foot in you.
When burning guilt, add veracity.
I’m hopped up on enough adrenaline
that whatever creature’d
eat me’d spit me right back out.
Fussy engine, turn the paddle
that sends the boat slopping up-
stream to a back-home-beaconing
town of sleepy assassins. Dipshit
me, misinterpreter of yellow-light
patois; frugal you and other
interborough role-playoffs. What
makes an island: too few canoes.
EVACUATE THE PREMISE
a string sounds
than “the world”
on same. Stuttering
to an incantation,
one we shouted
when we came
to the creek
and found it
full of math
but not so good
for drinking. Es-
choice I didn’t
know I made,
and finally most
The trees release
their latent fire
at us; in photos
of lightning, see,
it eats upward, up.
Ugh, I ate a plate of bad faith
and now I like you enough
to embarrass me or anyone.
The newspickers gave us diddly today
so we got it from the firmament
the firmament carwash therapist deviled
eggs instead. Beginning of everything
but bigger. We tiny girls and smaller
boys, a cartoon cruelty we excelled at,
for the bible tells me no. Everything
bloomed childless while mosquitoes
clumped under pulpy clouds and trains
Doppler’d over molten fields.
Look at how cluelessly they wanted
us and how we were all we could
invent to kill ourself to sleep.
Someone improbable walks up
as another, impossible, pays off.
Plus my corruption, easy to predict;
o say can you have your sea and eat
it too. Cruelty: don’t understand it
but I should by now, I should;
nevertheless put the flag out: flap.