Xena was however a conservative in such business, and having butchered four ogres for Gabrielle’s four senses, and a fifth for her power of speech, called it a day. “You are spared,” she told the others. “Don’t steal honey.” “Too right,” said a surviving ogre. Another injustice visited on ogres. Maybe they should wear those medical warning bracelets … but what do I know, I’m just a propagandist for some other world. Sorry if I’ve seemed distant, it’s been a difficult period, striking as many keys with the flat of the hand as possible, then leaning the head against the window, unable to recall April in the middle of April, the elephants ‘elephant’ their ancient paths, wrapped in gigantic bone houses with leather walls, yet so sensitive as to feel a hostile thought from without. Yet they have already forgiven us, a million shames ago. Tikkun olam, kintsukuroi style.
the cowslip of Jerusalem, by lungwort
and fiddleneck, by cyanotic hound’s tongue! a sold-off sacred Hopi
mask and a young girl stoned to death for breaking some sacred
teases my blue.
No more world – just world – to tell
about – The animal no longer has a head or hooves / But the legs up to the
shins keep shuddering – We gave our limbs we gave our throats – as ever the
other is with us shuddering – – –
Being in the same place with you and calling this coeval / Coeval enough to say
hello. Spray on the olive oil and flip the fish. I proclaimed: “April is the
coolest month.” They [the cops] still refused to answer my questions.
“Hey-hey-o.” “Consider the daffodil,” Handey writes. “And while you’re doing
that, I’ll be over here, looking through your stuff.” At that moment Mahāmati
the Boddhisattva-Mahāsattva said to the Blessed One: What is meant by the one
hundred and eight statements? Frankincense acorn allspice lime-flower tea myrrh
almond clove jasmine fruit avocado nutmeg gum arabic & apricot nickel
nickel dime dime dime nickel quarter (quarter two-bits) quarter quarter
four-bits quarter quarter quarter six-bits nickel nickel nickel fifteen cents
six bits & a quarter dollar buck. Mellow radiation lulls with rosemary.
Thingitation righteousness. This is the house of conviction / you come into:
whoa!whoa!whoa!whoa!whoa!whoa!whoa!whoa!whoa!whoa! zizz’d: mrekt: taon: vevved: geo-momo: Go deeper: seeds, birds, comfort, fields, tickets, spurs, diamonds, dirt, posters, flies, sickness, air, fuel, dispatches, months, mentions, hairpins, larders, pronunciations, stays, brickbats, tires, flourishes, administrations, carnivals, snakes, oars, coins, temples, feet, decisions, harbors, treaties, props, dance steps, jargon, hockey pucks, herbs, rocks, slime, odds, temperatures, coalitions, epochs, confessions, territories, lies, sobs, birthmarks, deadlines, toasts, bugs, tunes, baths, doctors, delights, ministries, potions, awards, shivers, bannisters, problems, tear sheets, globules, interstices, curtains, baskets. Now that all that’s been wrung out … “You don’t have to LIKE me if you don’t want to. Just LOVE me, that’s all.” Of all the laughs that are strictly speaking not laughs, but modes of ululation, only three I think need detain us, I mean the bitter, the hollow and the mirthless. They correspond to successive, how shall I say successive ... suc ... successive excoriations of the understanding, and the passage from the one to the other is the passage from the lesser to the greater, from the lower to the higher, from the outer to the inner, from the gross to the fine, from the matter to the form. The laugh that now is mirthless once was hollow, the laugh that once was hollow once was bitter. And the laugh that once was bitter? Eyewater, Mr Watt, eyewater.
[Note: Sources: Francis Crot, Xena: Warrior Princess: The Seven Curses; JBR, but see Heather Lynn, FB comment, 12 Apr 013 (re Ethan Saylor, a guy with Down syndrome murdered by cops because he fussed when asked to leave a theater); JBR; Ben Lerner, “From The Doppler Elegies”, in Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, Second Edition (ed. Paul Hoover); JBR; Marya Berry, FB post, 12 Apr 013; JBR, but see Anne Gorrick, FB post, 12 Apr 013 (tikkun olam = repair of the world; kintsukuroi = “‘to repair with gold’; the art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken”); Dagmara Kraus, “from gloomerang (kite in confession)” (tr. Joshua Daniel Edwin), at Asymptote; JBR, but see Shin Yu Pai and Yannis Livadis, FB posts, 12 Apr 013; Thom Donovan, The Hole, and Alan Davies, as quoted in Davies’ “Thom Donovan / The Hole / Displaced Press / 2012”, at Harriet, 12 Apr 013; JBR; John Beer, “The Waste Land”, at Poetry Foundation; JBR; Kathleen Rooney, and Jack Handey, as quoted in Rooney’s “And Now, Deep Thoughts About ‘Deep Thoughts’”, at New York Times Magazine, 12 Apr 013; The Lankavātāra Sutra, and Philip Whalen / Peter Jaeger, as quoted Jaeger’s “A Philip Whalen Mala”, at Intercapillary Space, 12 Apr 013 (the Sutra quote is one of the epigraphs); Anselm Berrigan, “Primitive State [excerpt]”, at Poets.org; Elizabeth Robinson, “Doorway”, in Hoover; Richard Lopez, “whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on”, at Really Bad Movies, 11 Apr 013; Edwin Torres, “Slipped Curve”, in Hoover; Kit Robinson, “At Tom’s Place”, at Mary: A Journal of New Writing; Nada Gordon & Gary Sullivan, “Moonscape with Earthlings” (epigraph), in Hoover; Samuel Beckett, Watt, as seen at Samuel Beckett - Apmonia (13 Apr is Beckett’s birthday)]