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(I know prose... )


Chris Nealon

I know prose is a mighty instrument but I still feel that plein-air lyric need to capture horses moving
 
        Surplus of capital; economy tanks; you get called a faggot more
 
On red seats all around me children learn abstraction and heckle each other in affordable new media
 
        “This cold world we’re in is full of fresh champagne”
 
        Un snack sólo para mi
 
When I was a child I thought, In Homeric fashion I will speak to each of you in turn while laying you low
 
Now I stick to fragments    transmissible, perdurable   and the crossword beauty you can make from them
 
To all the young Apollos: I’m aiming for the intersection of your swagger and your ash
 
Not that I don’t get it: looking eagerly offends the lords of scarcity
 
        But check those dactyls, fabulous
 
        It’s just too hard to live as though there weren’t some other kind of surplus
 
To the masters of prose: Greetings!
 
I will die before I worship your god