The day after I found stuffed between two seats a bag of heroin the size of a bag of sugar, I found Of Walking in Ice. It was the summer after my A levels and I was cleaning planes at Gatwick airport. It was a great job: 747 tails protruding from hangars at sunset; hitching rides on planes as they were moved around the gates; learning how the bowser truck worked and avoiding catching a shift on it. I handed in the drugs, but smuggled the book off airside in a gash bag. The photo on the cover — of a man in a wintry landscape caught in mid-air early on into a faceplant, a front flip or a somersault — who was he? Why was he there, wherever there was? What was he doing? Do those brackets indicate the Husserlian epoché, the Heideggerian “worlding”, the Derridean sous rature, or the set theory way of indicating all the elements of a set, or??? Not that it matters ... To which the reply was “sous rapture. Not that it matters …” Thank you NETFLIX for turning me into a shivering, dual-cell-phoned, pompous valet-identifying crack-head : Lee’s eating pink ladies and cuties; in tufted gray sky outside cardinals make a moue with waxy candy-corn beaks. The SWP is destroying itself, as it “reifies patriarchy with its twin hierarchy”, as Donna Fleischer says. Rape Culture. The Lyric Conceptualist is not necessarily a / feminine body, but it has the stink of the / impure, a certain irreverence for the master, / therefore it is by default, feminine in / construction. It was a sprightly white wine. Do Your Characters Have a Dental Plan? “There’s been a great upsurgence” said the announcer but I didn’t catch what of & what of where. The quietest chirp from it touches my < irregular > heart!
an act of God”
it took a little _______________ but you laughed”
“You’ve sublimated that into ‘oops-a-daisy’”
_______________ then awake
convulsed with ___________________ suave golem-blather
Object has spoken
in __________________ parentheses. How pre-body vibrates with post-body: how the snow falls upwards in Chicago. This, for example, is a video. Now whenever I forget that there is more than just love in the world WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH is the deafening sound. Some children open a large box of toys and climb in and we can watch them descend for a while until they reach the room of 1,369 light bulbs.
The cow, taking
dreamy crap, turning
to look at me.
Wait til all the chores are done before you cut off your pinkie with the bread knife.
[Note: Sources: 1194. Richard Skinner, “Werner Herzog’s ‘Of Walking in Ice’”, at Richard Skinner, 26 Jul 012; JBR; JBR and Stephen Nelson, FB comments, 11 Jan 013; Jon Cone, FB post, 11 Jan 013; JBR; Lee Ann Roripaugh, FB post, 11 Jan 013; JBR, but see Tom Walker, “SWP’s Tom Walker: Why I am resigning”, at The Communist Party of Great Britain, 10 Jan 013, Laurie Penny, “Laurie Penny on the SWP rape allegations”, at Shiraz Socialist, 11 Jan 013, Richard Seymour, “Crisis in the SWP”, at Lenin’s Tomb, 11 Jan 013, etc, and Donna Fleischer, “A Statement Approaches a Poem”, in Women for Change Calendar 2013 (DF posted this as a FB comment, 12 Jan 012: Melodie Past, FP comment, 11 Jan 013 (quoting Sina Queyras, “Lyric Conceptualism, A Manifesto In Progress”, at Harriet, 9 Apr 012 [I still like your work, Sina, even tho you didn’t pick my MS to win the Les Figues NOS contest!]); Anselm Hollo, JBR memory misquote; XoXQx Comm, FB post, 11 Jan 2013. 1195. Anselm Hollo, “Lost Original”, at Poets.org; Arno Holz, “Phantasus” (tr. Anselm Hollo), as quoted in Jerome Rothenberg, “Anselm Hollo: Six from Arno Holz’s ‘Phantasus’”, at Poems and Poetics, 22 Apr 09; (yes, more afib); Anselm Hollo, “Fool’s Paradise”, in JBR, “2 BOOKS by ANSELM HOLLO”, at Galatea Resurrects 6 (not as found there but as prepared for Anne Gorrick to mess with). 1196. Bhanu Kapil, “Vancouver, Mary Shelley and The Space of the Body [Cells]”, at Was Jack Kerouac a Punjabi, 11 Jan 013; Kate Carraway, “‘Girls’ Is Back And You Should Care”, at Vice, 11 Jan 013; John Gallaher, “Children Poem”, at Octopus 15; JBR, but see Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man; Jack Kerouac, as quoted in Joe Winkler, “‘Collected Poems’ By Jack Kerouac”, at The Rumpus, 28 Dec 012; JBR and Nina Power, FB comments, 11 Jan 012]