INTRODUCTION Scarlet Night....................................Patricia Kriegel Whores I - XII...................................Kerith Edwards Because Missionaries did it There................Holly Day This Must Be August 6, 1996 Reverie..........................................Marc Awodey A River We Never Knew The Sea Safety Glasses The Old Men Memphis The Poem.........................................Moshe Benarroch Ask For That Love Again The Hammass Terrorist Gold Grilles the road in a few thousand years Mother Death POST SCRIPTUM Koan
Scarlet Night ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ By Patricia Kriegel My wife will die tonight. How dare she lock me from her daughter's room? I am the wolf. I have hunted my prey and keep them under my roof. Her daughter tells tales how her mother plans to leave. She will not leave by the door. I will put her to rest on the floor. She can not keep her daughter from me. I have tasted the fruit so sweet. She is like a cherry ready to fall from the tree. I will pick my cherry before she falls from life's adversities. I will pick my cherry and show her life's pleasures. I will give her treasures, if she ask for money. I will give my honey gold, if she ask for rubies. I will give her diamonds to wear upon her fingers. Her eyes are like diamonds from the sky. I will take her to be mine. I will give her wine and she will be mine. I will lay the finest of treasures at her feet and lick her feet. She will be mine. I will melt her mother down like hot wax. Her beauty will always be remembered. I will see her beauty through the eyes of her child. Her child will live on to please me, and to be mine. I will take this child while hot and mold her into shape. She will think her mother killed herself. I will make it look like my wife killed herself. Her death will not be on my mind. I will let my wife choose how she will die tonight, if she chooses by the blade. Her bloodstain would rest on the floor and door. There would be bloodstains all over the house, if she chooses by my hand. I would take by the hand, choking her until she's out of breath. There she would lie like a wounded pet out of breath. I could break her neck, but than they would no it was not suicide. Than my name would be stained. I would be remembered as the man that killed his wife. Than I would be locked in prison and never, taste the cherry of my life. My wife you will die tonight. Choose, how you shall die. You can either take these pills or I will break your neck. How will you die tonight? If you kill me, everyone will know that you took my life. Why my husband must, I die tonight. Do you choose my daughter who looks like me? Do you think that she will stay with you? She is yet young and doesn't know her mind. Everyone will find out that you chose my daughter over me. I curse the day that she was born. I curse they way I must die tonight. Oh God hear me tonight. Don't let me die this way. Let me die old in my grave, that I may live to have grandchildren one day. Let not the wolf kill me tonight that has trapped me under his roof. I am under his hoof. Let me escape the roof that falls. I fall down on my knees and pray that you take all poisons from me tonight. Let him not have my child. I pray you give this young prey a mind to run. Too, run with the wind to never be caught by the scavenger this way. If he take my child, he will kill me twice. When he tires of her she will die one night this way. Save my fawn oh God and let her run away. Save her from being prey. For the hungry wolf has tasted her blood, and he chooses her blood over mine. Cleanse my child oh God. Make her crimson as white as snow. Let my child be pure again. Let no harm come to her I pray. No one can save you my dear. Your God doesn't hear you. Why should he hear your prayers? Your body will be cold in two hours, and the dogs that you pet. They will run from you my pet. The dogs will never want to lie against you again. They will smell your stinky corpse and run wild and I will have the child. The perversion will take over this house. No more conversations will I have with you as far as what you will and won't do. The child will do everything I ask her to do. I have already started molding her. She likes money. She will do anything for money and I make a lot of money. I give her everything she needs. I will be the father she never had. No longer will locks be put on my doors. This is my house no locks are allowed on doors. I leave you alone to die behind this door with your pets.
KERITH EDWARDS WHORES ~~~~~~ Dedicated to the Whores of Amsterdam Whores 1 ~~~~~~~~ Cash puppies Sweet holes charming dick fires to quiet themselves. But more tits quake the damn fuckers back to still-stand, must-have payers for her self-inflicted brutalities Buy me. I am twat. But more, soft. And you, you can pay to squeeze away, my particular parts cost, honey, sweety-pie darling, fuck my dry thing. Stiff rubbered drumstick dummies idiot fools, paying me to murder myself while you murder me. You come Here! Gimmie whatta want Damn night strider Money folded Just give it here. Suck you off forever, And I would But you blow it-- the double wad of your own death. And I am life itself. Whores 2 ~~~~~~~~ Oooooooh, that's right... I swing and sidle in my heart, cannot do it for honest like it should be. Gotta be free to do the dumbo freaky thing that I am. For myself. It's for myself. Got you, all motherfuckers, palmed up, mine. Got you all. Damn. I. Be. Fine. Short cool fuse Aching 'til I can get away. Whores 3 ~~~~~~~~ Pump. Pack. Pay up now. I'll be sweet. Bills in the slot Dough safe, Don?t hurt me! The red button means, 'Fuck you, john' Cause I do it for bread. You do it for bone. I do it fast Hole in the uni-verse cake walk Dead mousey heart Violent bullied woman Fakey flower Your candy sliced quick up the back Whatever, can do! Kissy me For a price I?ll keep your Mind where it's always been. Maintenance babes for hire. Sucker. Whores 4 ~~~~~~~~ I don?t walk I stand. I can feel my tits like canon balls crushing your crotch-heavy lengths. My power. Do you get it? I feel nothing. But dig cock, sure. My power pays. You just have no idea what it's like, to be you. Whores 5 ~~~~~~~~ john, john! Oh well, he was sweet. Came in Smiled and he wanted to touch my hair. Almost made him pay extra for that. Talked for a sec Money on the dresser. Oh, johnny! He starts with, 'I take this medication.' Sure, honey. In other words, NO BONE. Cool! Got my dough For a smile long hair and my fresh breath. Whores 6 ~~~~~~~~ I am tired, john But, I need your bucks Fresh spider-webbed bills on a can full of rockets. Please boys Stack it up for me with a careful blessing. I'm tired with a minimum 3 j's to go 2-night. Crashed in a file cabinet That's my life, The drawer of my room is the place where he spends. But I'm so tired, john. Tonight is it. No more Sacrements for the raunchy philosophers. I've got to Get some rest. Whores 7 ~~~~~~~~ Crack-fired me Cock-fired up me Damn, can't take another stiffy! But I will. Sure, baby. I just grab their cocks jam, yank fire away. Then I'm good. Move on. Got my fanatics lined up, lined up to boot never ending. Whacked--you can't save me! Whores 8 ~~~~~~~~ Believe it! Take a walk Look at her Bitch actually likes to fuck, lying to dumb niggers for a lay? Nymph. Smack hoochy. 'Sluts' like to screw. But whores are Jack-off artists With dry concaves. Man haters Fucked to bits But never really Fucked. Make a face Choose the theme It's so dead I can't even write another word. Whores 9 ~~~~~~~~ What a backwash night Dude came back 2 hours later 3 johns later 3 stacks-o-mac later Came back for another round Only, this time his face wore a cracker jack ring lie He knew my racket My ball game the way I keep myself. My rhyme. He came back. I Opened up my door. Heeelllooo, Held back. Hundred in his hand folded under my nose, lying mother. As if I didn't know He was gonna cut me this time. Man! As if I didn't know from that look what he was gonna do. I Closed up my door. He stood there looking in folded the hundred once more, in four. Stood there long time looking in. As if I'd break. As if I didn't know the formula for love the formula for hurt the catch phrases and whinings of pain. Fool. Whores 10 ~~~~~~~~~ johns come and go in a flow to and fro. Cats in the wind crap shooters thick skinned. Big dickies little squirties purple ballies sticky hurties. Whores 11 ~~~~~~~~~ Have any idea how much it would cost To get out of here? 30 butt bops pays my rent for half a year. 20 sucks with bare tits has my debt clear. 60 hand jobs brings my college dreams near. So quite honest it don't take much to get out of here. Whores 12a ~~~~~~~~~~ I am going to get off my stump walk down town for a fragrant, lacey hump. Thin, juicy creatures compressed titties aberrated features. Kissy lippy Christallmighty on my tippy. Got my thingy, back to hotel call my wife, Knife! Whores 12b ~~~~~~~~~~ My little street red banner of lamp light Dames percing, perching hot. Tap tap tap my ring on my glass tap tap hey baby tap... How much? Suck 50 Fuck 50 bra of, 25. X-tra! If you can't blow, cost you mo for me to touch. it. you.
HOLLY DAY Because Missionaries Did It There ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Calamitous children reflect a society we have forgotten. Our poor peons are your breathing, hung dry and your breathing, concentrate on more helpful things than crazytalk and logic. She woke up one day and opened her mirror, found the bewildered old friend she had lost in her dreams. Skeletal fingers kissed back from inside the glass and whispered, "This time, you've gone too far." Rebellious children reflect a society we have abandoned. Our teats of missionary eyes sweep over the burnt landscape of your body, listen to your breathing, concentrate on more helpful things like planned drive-bys to take away the pain, an homage to an artificial limb, the way your clothes mask and cover you deformed flesh. Today, I am a connoisseur, the left hand of appreciation, awkward in my adoration. My fingers rub the tedium and recovery from your face. Those people are still in my house. With the eyes of the devoured. With my cat.
HOLLY DAY This Must Be ~~~~~~~~~~~~ I can talk better than my father. When he was a little boy, desire walked on lean legs down the halls of his sleep, shadows of a mother who couldn't stand a real miracle. The world could snore, wrangle or tear the invention of baby booties to shreds as far as she cared, a diamond big as a parfait breathlessly running into rooms drunk, seeking some sort of escape from the infant folded into the earth at her feet. I have seen my father's dreams, twisted up into soft green blankets my own mother left behind. My father, who said of any gambler, "Love is both under and above the edge of a sword." He grew up quickly, grew old quickly, haunted by ghost violinists watching with amused faces, watching the end of something I heard the screams of my father, pulled apart his crumpled broken wings with cold fingers I saw myself in his dead black eyes. He had written me out of his dreams.
HOLLY DAY August 6, 1996 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ twenty miles past a home I never knew a thousand miles away is a home I've never been planning faces to wear when my parents arrive to meet my eight-month-old son and the father of my child wondering if my father still has brown hair or if it's gone all white and sea-urchin-stiff if my mother looks matronly, like my own grandma does or if she's still a punk rocker, thin woman, rough edges twenty miles ago I felt the old dreams all die ahead is a promise and a threat of a new life.
MARC AWODEY Reverie ~~~~~~~ Men barked nonsense on Lunar hills, deaf to the music of our moon. When her glassine sands were pressed, to transmit clips of harlequin white; conquest illuminated the dome of night. To understand why her ungodly face appears to mourn; ask why we strolled the lunar hills, and danced upon her virgin humps- our follicles, and fragile toes encased in air conditioned boots. And when each burnt out nerve is soothed to see our silver mirror ebb and wax, as spheres and hemispheres descend to dream in undreamt volumes deepened by a drum of tidal urge- perhaps our sable voices will return so that we sing, to sail like drunken Greeks through timeless stars, and stir the rainless latitudes that sweep and span the Sea of Tranquility.
MARC AWODEY A River ~~~~~~~ They scooped their watery beds where a silver river wrinkled and rose to raft the fry that failed, over embryos, and last year's leaves. I followed arcs of salmon, reflecting sun, they spawned on gravel gems; costumed in false red jaws. They scooped their watery beds where a silver river wrinkled and rose to raft the fry that failed, over embryos, and last year's leaves.
MARC AWODEY We Never Knew the Sea ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We knew a seemingly endless thread of peppery beach and beach grass, we watched an azure haze enfold horizon- but we never knew the sea. What we spoke of is sincerely lost though could shoreline be refound the sound of sounding lighthouse would not acquiesce to variance beyond an ashen, inevitable sound. If hollowness could again disperse all shade of ghost below an empty western field- sandpipers would not conjure fewer risks, frail rows of curling waves would break in strains that do not murmur any less; and yet your sound would not resound a sea- for we never knew the sea.
MARC AWODEY Safety Glass ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Encapsulated; turquoise 20mg. slouched inside a sweltering automobile reactions shut off one by one. Workers take out noontime meals from foil bags and bright brown bottles. Dream they would dream if time allowed of god knows what in this situation. Just so, they sit in cars head back, bent by vinyl atmospheric conditions. Lounging in supermarket parking lots. Procrustean rows of secret lives are outlined by curves of safety glass. Let us, imitate turtle eggs heaped beneath sand and pray that the strongest among us will question nothing. Be more concerned with feet than footprints.
MARC AWODEY The Old Men ~~~~~~~~~~~ Today i pulled out one of my teeth just thinking about the old men reading their poems at my house last night all Glowing Pate bearded exchanging memories comparing prisons personal Vancouvers in images all reeking of Merwin-
MARC AWODEY Memphis ~~~~~~~ Underneath painted columns at Memphis mystery rites were once performed midst introits for Isis, Osiris their son Horus, and his brother Anubis. Underneath Tyrian hashish plumes draped in wreaths 'round midnight, censers and cymbals bloom in lilac majesty beyond our Hubbel telescope. Pomegranate seeds and cinnamon spice the nadir of my demitasse- as censers and cymbals bloom lilac radiance, frail bean stalks of Camel smoke spiral into flowery flights of aquamarine tin ceiling. Fading beyond the Beal Street jail, walking toward Jefferson Davis Waterfront park, another blasted tourist with clammy hands blends into the heat of Memphis. Underneath painted columns at Memphis, mystery rites were once performed midst introits for Isis, Osiris, their son Horus, and his brother Anubis.
MOSHE BENARROCH The Poem ~~~~~~~~ first there is a sound a familiar and distant sound coming from the twelfth century in Granada or Lucena then less than a second later there is a rhythm like a lonely drum in a high mountain played by the leaves and the branches sometimes subtle sometimes noisy and unbearable then there are the words a line or sometimes two when written the words start flowing as if they were waiting for the door to be opened sometimes it is just one poem mostly there are hundreds waiting for me to write them no matter how hard I tell them there are not many readers left to read them they all want to be written screaming at me convincing me asking and begging but I have to make the choice which ones to write which ones to leave.
MOSHE BENARROCH Ask For That Love Again ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The one we couldn't believe would happen the love when we didn't know we were in love the love when I couldn't write a love poem so busy was I loving you, now I have so much time to write you poems but you don't ask for my love you are in front of me but you are memories and in your eyes it is not me I see but the idea and the image you have made of me and I say now if she only asked for that love again but there is no again there is no going back our cells have been destroyed and remade so many times we are not those two young crazy lovers we are not who we are and our cells have been given to other creatures sitting between us as a sun not letting us see each other siting between us as a sea not being able to see the other shore now if you only asked I would give you that love again but you can't ask and that love would not be the same the look in your eyes the color of my eyes have changed they are looking elsewhere for someone else asking for that love again that love that will make me forget my pride my shipwrecked literary career my lack of readers that love so much like malt whisky expensive and making forgive without a hangover in the morning please ask for that love again ask for that same love but you won't ask you are trying to forgive me you are trying to appease me you are trying all the time instead of asking of demanding it is your it is my right to have that love again if we had it once if we lost it if we know its taste we have the right to that love again, we can only blame ourselves, life and God.
MOSHE BENARROCH The Hamass Terrorist ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ after Wysalva Czymborska "The Terrorist" and dedicated to Asaf and Meital and to all the victims who lost legs, lives and futures. 1. In a few moments he will blow himself he is young, he has no children he has no wife, in a moment nothing will be left of him. No one will know who he was he left home years ago and disappeared forever. I am sitting very close drinking an espresso and smoking a cigarillo my friend asks me to come with him to the place of the bomb I tell him I am tired which is not true and that I will wait for him. he doesn't know and I don't know that in a few minutes the terrorist will explode the hope for peace will explode and that Meital's leg will explode and her brother Asaf will go to heaven. Meital's husband, a Doctor will hear the bomb and run to help the wounded not knowing that his wife and her brother are there. I am savoring the espresso It is a sunny day in Tel Aviv and after this bomb nothing will be the same again for months people will be afraid to come back here Dizengof street will be deserted. No one can stop him now it is too late he will die for Allah and for being young, virgin and indoctrinated. Even if I go there I can't stop him. My friend disappears. 2. Suddenly there is a boom and then there is silence 15 seconds of silence like the moment before God created the world or it is like the silence before being born It is a screaming silence that can cut the air, then there are police cars stopping the silence first come the Peugeot 205 one, two, three, fifteen of them, then the ambulance comes then people come from the place they have to tell the story they speak to everybody and to themselves a mother doesn't know what happened to her daughter people are making phone calls with telephones and mobiles very soon the whole system collapses this is the center of Israel Dizengof center in Purim everybody is here or could be here. I sit, hear what happened don't know what happened to my friend (he reappeared 5 hours later) I am left speechless for half an hour I stand try to talk to the waitress I can't make a sound I go back to my seat drink the water left. This half hour was the most scary poem I ever wrote. 3. I think of the whole day then I am really afraid. How I skipped the place of the bomb a place where I always go or pass through I took many side streets and my friend didn't understand why he just followed me I wanted all the time to go back to Jerusalem "Half hour in front of the sea That's enough for me" he said but he wanted the coffee "let's drink it here in Sheinkin and then go back" but he insisted he wanted to drink it in Frishman, and so on for the whole day. He has promised not to insist again and just follow me. 4. My religious friend said it is a sign but a sign of what of being right or being wrong. What kind of smoky shadowy cloudy world is this that when there is a sign we can't decipher it.
MOSHE BENARROCH Gold Grilles ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Who are these rich people these desperate people Why do they do to look so ill making others believe their money is better Who are these sad people expected to always look great to never become old to never be ill to always be happy in what kind of prisons do these rich people live?
MOSHE BENARROCH the road ~~~~~~~~ the road gets longer as the city of our dreams gets closer.
MOSHE BENARROCH In a Few Thousand Years ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In a few thousands years they'll say about us: They had great poetry but their technology was primitive they used heavy materials for everything They'll say: They had great poetry but their medical system was hell they had to kill to save lives they needed snakes to take care of people and their medical system was the very idea of a bad system doing more harm than good They had great poetry but for some reason the most famous books were written in a genre called novels a strange way of complicating simple stories They had great poetry but their world was a world of racism they had black people and black poetry gay poetry and minorities poetry African Asian and western and no one was equal to noone nowhere They had great poetry but they loved making wars and constructing heavy weapons and killing people and destroying cities this was the most common sport of that time They had great poetry but their poets were mostly poor and unknown They had great poetry and anybody could write they didn't need diplomas and studies to do their craft They had great poetry but their poetry was useless a few thousands years ago they thought that only science could help people until it destroyed everything. And at the end of the lecture a young boy will say: Maybe that's what's needed to write good poetry... Because we have no good poetry today.
MOSHE BENARROCH Mother Death ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Here they come all colours your choice here they come you can chose your death we have viruses car accidents cancers aids we have good marketed deaths we have rare death how about old-fashioned death like tuberculosis soon we will bring back the plague while we find a new potent virus that kill in a few hours we are developing them in our laboratories we have retro-death or sci-fi death and you can now die in your bed the hospitals are full no matter how many we open we have patients twice the beds. this is not Mr. death anymore this is mother-death.
Koan ~~~~ There was never a journey that did not end in death.
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