hamhead marks the space between puff

& self-image, that captured, he enters

the book, goes on repeat for awhile, time

gives off a splinter, glass cracked in yon

rancid jacuzzi, jets hate your disinclination

to be ordered into utopia (again), minor S

meltdown after Frozen, full recoveries for

sale as general aura, were all those invitations

real? I could have been better at playing

games, for the future, which is obviously full

of pain, for the penniless clairvoyant onset

of character, which will be realized unto

death by disorderly circumstance, I see it

exactly as the grounds keeper intended &

pocket recessions on the off-chance of later

use, mercenary among tiny detail, this atmo-

sphere will not be sorry by request or response

or even indication of conversation around the

neon, some poems are paid requests, praising

maturity’s extra year of eligibility, & the

hippos were boiled in their crabs

 

 

 

 

Anselm 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 Pregretsis 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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