Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Joshua Martin - Two Poems

1.

mathematical papercuts


If I slouched beyond damaged

passions snapped bare branched

floating over streetscapes

frosted over like my head

aloft shifting anxiety from foot

to unresponsive foot

persisting cultural following

the flow

of half-

measures

spent spiraling book

bindings

troubled adjustments

drooling over phone call

sleep

less

embracing

embarrassments

stressed

OVER or

I am leaning

out of five

STORY narrative

indecision in

most

absurdist laughter

b/c I

cease to

demise in myself the

sharply divided

mathematical papercuts

balmy / coarse

/ leading an overzealous train

into tunnels 

forbidden

to future

an ear

canal

filled to

WATER’s

delight

wispy

Italian

countryside

flooded

hooded

darkened blessed

out shaded

not in the cornerstone method

but more of a detective novel

written backwards better than enough

not a withdrawal or a canyon of

the lack of color blistered through

atrophied overhead weightless

in extent shouted thorough engrossed

physics!

physics!

loose &

sobbing

officious effacement

blinded

Borges

alleys

from which no escape

exists

into another

after a shutter profoundly

imploded

horse    / meat

/ meet / greet

did

not

could

not

had

not

still a knot

head soft

er&

an

overanalyzed

burst of

ENVY took

to the

back roads

where I

sling shot meanings

until

promises

parachute

into

periodontists blue

bluer

the bluest

of all &

the wearable

paint chips

eaten /

discarded /

disordered

pressing shirts

together

mellowed

sifting through

out

beaming

into

sharpened focused

malcontent

oh

did

someone say

my

name

name

NAME

??????

not there

but here

reaching often

times

resting for lives

up & down

block

heads

in the shuddering

light of no one

seemed the wiser

or less grateful

to have been

snot

to have offered

allegories

to paradise

cranking

crooked

jonesing

for seldom uttered

to yearn

to a year

to

a sheer

seer

short on bench

warmed to an

under

stated

tidal wave

laid flat

daffodil tried

on an

experimental basis to

be regarded ion full length

mirror the self-inflicted

righteous fireworks specialists

unjustifiably engaged

& w/o

this

w/o

that &

w/o

categorical

cultural

spangle

sparked

in preventable

social malaise

dusted

off

moved

around

cursed until

the frontal

lobe

finds another

source for its

disaffection





***

2.

an eye landing shade in gazing parameters blind


  Anxious breathless

paranoid transfixed

hilltop stubbing

toe inside jar

of jammed up

snow shovel & half a solid

form fragmented centi-

pede film noir

above average ball

& chain long 

gone from b/t

solid Mandarin oranges

peeled like

great fist

of rotting muscles

blasting ant

shells into pulverized

athletics w/ an

intellectual’s wish fulfillment tho

a simplistic notion shattered

like Chinese food containers

unwound along a warmed

spread

television personification 

tonsils on fire

a burnt roof of

mouth progressive

rock

royalty check

to the power of numbers

as yet defined

entwined w/

stubborn whisker an

apartment of frosty

calories piled into smiles

frivolous fountains

fading calypso aftertaste

bottled water

hollowed bullet

machine gun man

hole

cover

killer clove &

cinnamon delight fright

kite after then

horn of plenty

beyond the

man w/ the

movie camera

half-light

sharp blurred

lens crafted

spitting image

crossing of

thief hope chest

diamond larger

than an

earthquake

tie-dyed & unbalanced

solo vain

lashing out

screeching

gold dust

whip

stubborn

gulf

stream

salad

bowl

jack of all trades

vest pattered

for puke

for memorial

pleasure cruises spinning

bad faith breath

last

remnant

milk

shake

melt

mist spray

can of

worms

a bust of

Caligula spray

painted

stars

striped

bickering steadfast

torn

curtain

possessor

on

fire blocks

brigade made

in the

shade

huts hunted

hunters

misters

mystic

in

perforations

part giraffe

& part

gyroscope

stubborn

unheard &

variously

valiant

to rest a

jester’s fist in an

anus

coffee

press

impressed beneath

gas station attendant

hair

staring

pomade duck

bill

platitude platitude

platitude 

made

in reference

to buttered

envelopes

scared

still

shifted

slanted

against one-

eyed

house

glass straining

for decision

running in

place w/

scissor 

kick

trembling

theremin 

plain

tea kettle

little drummer boy

taken out &

shot until

fish function

beyond their

means

at

disposal

proposing activation

code of

colorful

ennui

jolted

zeroed

into

zone of

speaking parts

the actor

a dud

volleyball

dancer

pole

stolen dripped

knife

plunged

deeper

until altogether

lost.