Poems

Empire in Chinese

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Debtor’s prison has been expanded
to include chambers in teacher’s
45s and tax rebates will cause
heartbleed to upload flaming villages
superimposing them upon deplorable
lunches in grammar cafeterias
where alphabet soup brown shirts
flash mugshots of known Arabs
and say this is because of the law
sex ed. and concealed weapon permitting
will be held during visits
to churches in abortion galleries
purity detection rings with engravings
of fetal remains that change
color and smell of death
if your virginity is given away
if it’s legitimately lost
an amber alert goes out.

Discourse Downer

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Public radio tells me
to go to war
for the people
stealing from the poor
so they can
buy out the voices
representing our minds
that we didn’t elect
and speak so unkind.

The Vast Wing Conspiracy

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All the world’s a cage,
the black wing
of night, the eternal
oil spill of sky,
a Cayman Island
bank account
eating the Everglades,
hired stars litter
a dark surveillance heaven,
every grain of sand
reports on footprints.

Inflammatory

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: a word used by the corrupt to describe the informing of the public about their corruption, instead of the dodging of it due to funding issues put in place by the need for copy to lead indirectly to advertising by the displacement of health, social, and ethical concerns via a presentation of discourse falsely deemed authoritative due to writ and tradition which obscures a history of oppression.

Insisting on Dire Continents

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The sandy lyricism of frightened stages
crippling the blind and dusty pages,
the tenebrous labor of neglected sages
who took heavy hourglasses in papery hands
mapping brutal, unconquered lands,
where lesser men and angels soon relent
and demons have been found to oft repent
their thirsts never slake of the chaos
they make, and a demon prayer is a letter
unsent to a jilted lover with fierce intent
divining all the stars and with eternal
sweep, its majestic androgyne soul is covered
with supernova STD sores running with the pus
of self-destructing intelligence:
that’s us.