Thursday, 29 September 2011

Raymond Farr

Sympathetic Superstitious Avatar

He understood the obvious

A way of swearing, without swearing

Instead of saying “Jesus Christ—market place X-Box!”

He’d say “Jiminy Cricket—events around the
Klaxons’ song.”

He’d say “Organized comic apocalyptic picaresque anti-hero schlemiel!
Take it or leave it!”

In some teeming cycle of departure & return

Breaking silence is the purpose
The function of—

The only man still surviving

Hailed by some
Described by others—

An attraction between atoms

A lung condition linked
To a tidal wave of dust—

He deserts you every day!

“Hell, I was in Greece!” sd thinking blonde avatar

“Entrapping empathy
Under dark & lonely abstract theory

I would get bogged down
Standing before truth
Foretelling the events of 9-11 in spooky quatrains

Sidestepping theory
In Mass Market breaches of security

I dreamt the whole world
Was condemned

I cheated at a game of cards
Anticipating the modern & postmodern world.”

Stealing the Thawed Brain Back to Normal*

He is finished
Who’d watched all the while

You hold him

He swims his paws

It’s kinda like
Pause. Look.—

The storm burst over the resinous pines

A chunk of body of
A little wedding dance

& I’m tired of pretending like

Normal brain


Said no one in particular

I enjoy lying

To sight see is to
Bartender in hell

In the past I’ve labeled it
The day before—

A veritable scatological apocalypse

Pigeons are spinning again—

A soundless wake
Of whiteout
Into enormous space

The maps are made

Everything speaks to him
A loud voice saying—

Myself crazy with
A garland of dandelions

Cannot drive him
Drip drip. Drip drip.

& to the pod most mellifluous—

Do you know how to break a radio?

Model it in real time?

I had thought the other night
Allure can perturb
An object

* Source text: In the House of the Hangman
#381, 382, 383, 384, 385

By John Bloomberg-Rissman

Raymond Farr lives in Ocala, FL. His work is widely published in many poetry journals and blogs, both on line and in print. He is author of 6 print books, the latest of which is Ecstatic/.of facts (Otoliths 2011), and two on line ebooks, chainge (Chalk Editions 2011) and Two Texts (Chalk Editions 2010). He is editor of Blue & Yellow Dog.

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