Now, I understand that this little fable might leave you, the reader, feeling a bit unsettled, in part because this is, after all, set up as a butcher’s story and not a cabinet maker’s. But so it goes; the missing young man is never mentioned again. But his mail will probably be forwarded, tho, as quietly as this pink fluff or a question or morphine or impatience or a mistake or the infinite method established by the creamy ovoids flaming in the air-conditioned xanax car. Only the ‘preparations’ are complete; the result is empty spurious leverage / are you waiting for the translation? / animals with voice amplifiers / what’s that bird? I’m not from around here. I haven’t cut my nails since we arrived here. I wondered if I should cut my nails when we arrived here. But in the subsequent month they’ve hardly grown. “Something in the water, perhaps,” F suggests when I tell her. She looks down at her own nails. I looked at my nails the day after we arrived here and wondered if I should cut them. A month later, they’ve hardly grown. “Something in the water,” F suggests when I tell her. She shrugs. She won’t let me look at her nails, but later I catch her examining them carefully. I remember looking at my nails the day after we arrived and asking F if she thought I should cut them. A month later they’ve hardly grown. F shrugs. “Something in the water,” she suggests. She won’t let me look at her nails, but later I catch her at the bathroom sink, washing her hands, spreading her fingers, washing again. “What’s the matter?” The day after we arrived, I remember, I asked F if she thought I should cut my nails. A month later they’ve hardly grown. F shrugs. “Something in the water,” she suggests. She won’t let me look at her nails–though I am always up for inspection, F never is. But later, passing the bathroom door, I catch her at the sink, washing her hands, spreading her fingers hands held flat above the water, washing again. “What’s the matter?” I ask. “Nothing,” she says, smiling and closing the door. “Nothing’s the matter.” Then, from inside: “Nothing, nothing, nothing’s the matter.”
This is a badly
I find myself floating face down in the sea.
Time to migrate to the next condo.
Any more blustering and I
Collapse as deciduous replenishment.
You don’t. You just push off into
The mirror of excessive drift
The ensuing catastrophe, unequal
In a gorgeous relativity
To itself. Only a gag reflex escapes.
To be primitive is to eat fur while living in a hole –
Happens as premonition and anamnesis:
It is beautiful to be an “and”.
No surprise I think I smell a fugue –
Weight of forelegs and hooves under water –
Coming on. Do you think rivers
Were ever here, I ask?
Nicola sez: “You: a maze, one way out, not taken.” Me: “Do you actually believe there is a way out?” Jozsef: “Compare this to dialethia (true contradiction) and analethia (not true, but not false, assertable). This is either one of those. In any case, we want to assert and we want to assert there is a way out, whether or not there literally actually is one.”
[Note: Sources: JBR; Karin Gottshall, “The Beautiful is Negative: Mary Ruefle’s Selected Poems”, at Drunken Boat 15; Mary Ruefle, “Mimosa”, at Poets.org; Bruce Andrews, “Earth 5”, in Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology Second Edition (ed. Paul Hoover); < M John Harrison, “something in the water”, at the m john harrison blog, 22 Jun 013; Maged Zaher, “12”, Lawrence Giffin, “Jokes And Their Relation To The Unconscious”, Aaron McCullough, Underlight, Tomaž Šalamun, On The Tracks Of Wild Game (tr. Sonja Kravanja), in Ugly Ducking Presse 2012 Catalog; Elizabeth Robinson, “Stained Syllogism”, Charles Bernstein, “Virtual Reality”, Will Alexander “Thought as Philosophical Torment”, Gilian Conoley, “This Land Is My Land”, Linh Dinh, “Body Eats”, Maxine Chernoff, “Scenes from Ordinary Life”, Myung Mi Kim, “From Penury”, in Hoover; Nicola sez: JBR, but see next; Nicola Masciandaro, FB post, 22 May 013; JBR, FB comment, 22 Jun 013, appended to previous; JBR, but see next; Jozsef J Kele, FB comment, in response to mine, 23 Jun 013]