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10/21/2013 · 8:37 am

still exhausting a place

I AIN’T GOT A HOME ANYMORE
to say that name is an extension

So one of us builds        the other
adds the mysterious strobe lights

The design has disappeared
from the Milky Way

just like yesterday
Screw it, who cares

LOVE ME, LOVE
ME SAY THAT YOU LOVE

ME. FOOL ME
FOOL ME

GO ON &
FOOL ME.

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excerpt from attempting to exhaust a place

Pick your own apples. Please
and

dare I gently kiss
October,

this isn’t the first time we’ve touched
with experimentation

and—today—
a unique sound.                                Fragrant world employing

a momentum from dark squeals
and

—lips that you can’t place
leading you closer

to some crazy
something you may or may not want

to find            ‘only in America.’
What is that cliché?

Sank you
with goodies for special interest

in a song like
‘In Love’ makes drowning

in grain an understated pleasure,
lets swagger slip in.

She’s more adventurous in bed
than health care

after hours and
the known moons must remain open

for you to receive any
or all of the rewards

which will be credited to
a fourth dimension beyond jeans. Don’t say a thing about

How I Lost My Body
unless

there is a sudden surge of rain
or shine

and laughter,
smoking on the balcony, love

is strange when lit up
like mistakes but basically

good. We believe there’s a
manual crammed with footnotes,

parenthetical asides
of love’s end                                                              come

to light, and I
could go on

and on but
there is only so much

time and I
have many things to forget

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Noun Love Letters

Love,

I just saw a beetle bounce out of the grass. I don’t know why I started this note with a beetle bouncing out of grass or why I didn’t write wriggled. (I just like those Bs next to each other.) But… I’m thinking of you. And your dress and the lightning from last night. Perhaps your dress had lightning in it as my pocket is filled with electricity. Now

I am thinking of how your fingers are filled of dawn. Of hope.

I hope I remember to get the ghosts out of my refrigerator before I see you again.

 

Love,

I have a beard of grapes and I love your ice cream lips. I especially love your driftwood eyes and when they land on my land, and how your little arms are little beds of snow and babe, I want to fall all over your land. If you know what I mean. (Wink.) I mean

your voice is a picnic in my ears and I want to carry your heart in a little box in my pocket, love burning with the odor of twilight

 

Love,

I’ve been trying to bracket off my radiator mouth but there’s too much grease in it and a rubber bell that rings like an ice cream truck muffled by my wool throat.

 

Love,

Call me Roberto, and I’ll be Roberto. Call me granite because I’m hard to cut through, though

I hope if you call me skull it’s because I’m in your head. Call me insomnia and I’ll be in your bed. Call me a grenade and I’ll be an explosion like those in Afghanistan till you feel my love in your teeth at night while you sit on the porch, watching lightning strike the grass as you feel the wind comb through your hair to graze your face as I am both a grenade and the wind at night.

Love is no mirror, it’s a pit and you’re the pit

of a peach that I want to taste as night begins I multiply more than electricity. I don’t care what you call me, as long as you call me. Love

 

Love,

There’s not much to write about today.

Last night I sat on the porch and watched the lightning comb through the sky.

DTE turned off the electricity yesterday and I have grapes and ice cream and ghosts in the refrigerator that I must eat soon. Shall we have a picnic?

I am heating the house with driftwood I gathered from the beach and I found my heart there, too. Weird. I thought I left it resting on the radiator.

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Hello

Hello

I am happy on the hillside
and you are
all a blur.

You are so [         ].
(Complete the word.)
I don’t know.

Hello

I didn’t want to speak
of certain things, how
all the days burned
so cheaply as a symbol.

Already it’s time and nothing is
on the beach. Desire is
a moment long enough for a hand without sweet-talk
in the mouth
.

Hello

I didn’t notice the
fragile things. Color begins from

the season’s memory of
desire turns into a river.

I am called lava and water.
I am everywhere.

Hello

You are my light
sparkling up, coming back home.
Say: here is room
enough for you
and an orange.
I miss you. In the summer

everything becomes
never any closer, not quite there,
far too much
in the present
I could be the night unfolding
that place where sound is a… hush now.

I’m hot as hell, thin and
lonely with the hope… I don’t know.

Hello

Some nights,
I come back home
to scrape heaven’s
kind of silence

thou shalt not
take this sound

filled with mist to
appear infinite falling in love

with a tongue, falling in love
each morning, shaping
this small place and I said like a child:

The rain begins
promising continental breakfast.
I am gourmet in my bed.

Hello

The wind simply takes you
to all the scattered ideas,
once home not home yet
maybe of love, one is plenty.

Tonight, I was a little bird,
brilliant and something beautiful.
I said wait, stay with me with broken metaphors.

No—I wanted a tale free of the hypotenuse,
the tricky algorithm.
I can’t deny the flowers
in your blue tongue stuck with sweetness.

I had made something like this,
a whole life, in the dark.
Love, you can sway, it’s summer.

Hello

The eucalyptus trees
in my heart could be loved
if I could
be a priest.

(experiment with the Fishouse anthology.) August 14th-17th, 2012. Reconstructed in Ann Arbor, Milford, Waterford, White Lake, Michigan.

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Temporal Arts Collective: Paradise Lip. 7/27/2012. Ypsilanti, MI

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07/29/2012 · 12:15 pm

Put something to my lips

lines from collaboration with Nick and Jonah from Temporal Arts Collective.

I

“and you said a promise to sing me home”

I was trying hard to cling to
some other thought: I want
to write myself
away and back to you

in the present
—all the words
come out all wrong
when I’m trying not to shatter.

Come smoke me with yer body
in the cool mist
and bind our little parts

of speech with something that’s lovely.
Whatever it’s going to be
is what I need to know.


II

We have forgotten that sort of feeling
rips away
more easily and with less danger others,

that perfume transmits information that’s not historical
the instant we touch. Please, under no circumstances, speak of love.


III

Put something to my lips.
I feel you taste as fancy candy does,
so sweet, so wow.

Can I catch the perfume
of yer laughter in a flower?

 

IV

There’s nothing to write about.
This evening passed as usual
but still the soul asks for causation
:

I’ve been trying to find
a new mouth in the cruel night of clouds
dim from end to end as the heart or a leaf.

Oh how I want acts of terrifying gorgeousness.
Truth is, I am lonely
for a little light to come down
and touch me but I look up and it’s gray
and I have no desire left for the world.

Sometimes I feel fine, fine, but
my hands very much want
people who care passionately
for what sex is all about very little love
and but I have remained closed for so many years.

Please, under no circumstances, speak of love
when I’m trying not to shatter.

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02/09/2012 Sonnet II

I consider myself very charming,
all humble and handsome,
effortlessly charismatic

—the days come along
one after another and everything
is gone—I am gone
Often I thought about the West, the day-to-day variation

of teeth inherited with a pain pouring
upon the poems—I’m trying to make
a fool out of myself.
I feel inadequate and constrained, Anne Carson

There’s no way to get it right.
Please explain it to me
before I go all Salvador Dali

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02/08/2012 sonnet

I can only offer you
snowflakes made of real snow and blankets of kisses.
Note how at night the light must leave
for us to begin to relate—
just fuck me

daily—We could rehearse the well-known      We’ve become
nothing                       —the ghost of yes and O
I’ll love you as snow loves rooftops                     Your lips are
a religion. Right now
(it’s 11:54 a.m. EST.
February 8, 2012) the world’s all wrapped in
oranges at this moment            Now

you’re infinite
since you do not exist

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I love the hammer… sonnet (draft)

I love the hammer
of your laugh—
how it breaks
apart
(bit by bit, sound by sound)
the wall I’ve built
around
this heart.               I love the spring day
in your eyes
(all blue, green and gray).
Your lips are a religion
I sacrifice myself to

the altar
of your kiss

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