the egg-shaped finale, alone in its habit

subsequently removed, needing help to

identify that timeline, its plume of smoke

the compositional breakdown into lists

anxious dumbstruck gaze into formless

stream and smoke, cartoonist shorthand

encircling motion into suggestion, man, I

came back from school adrift, again, & got

my picture taken on the block inside that

mood to be bagged for future adjacency

with works dispersed from an old desert

house deserted, but let’s not underburden

a bit of greasy pigment with too many ideas

leaving bench in vicinity of an altercation?

I like to lift things and look up their definitions

in the yellow pages, soccer folks get stared at

a lot while running a lot, low battery dismissed

every dumbass line is at least a story platially

fixed, hooked in cure, wearing the costume

of the terribly reduced, available, degrettable

currently bumwhat primordial

 

 

 

 

 

berriganAnselm Berrigan‘s books include Notes from Irrelevance, a semi-rational long poem made out of self-imposed detours & published by Wave Books, and Loading, a set of poems written parallel to (i.e. in indirect collaboration with) paintings and works on paper by Jonathan Allen & published by Brooklyn Arts Press. Primitive State, a single poem made of discontinuous expressive units of composition using space as a flotation device, will be published at some point soon by Edge Books. A chapbook called Pregrets is about to come out from deciBel, & will contain 19 other poems from this pregrets/regrets/degrets assemblage in evidence over or up there.

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