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 for Kaia


a geography of possibility                         
unphotographable as she
a skeleton being more than bones
to we cannot but be
chapter & verse of it all
vagrant of ought on the skeleton of is
[to cannot but be within]
[to cannot but be among]
winks upon winks upon rift elixir
sorcery       still water       a candle

enormous       mathematical       emancipation
a kiss for the forgone evermore
silhouette       soliloquy       hex
fiduciarily bereft crush-puppet
salient       conifer       errata      
haphazardly stratificatory if you will
rhapsody       shrapnel       howl
relevant loot & a role model or two
unphysical       misfire       skeleton
rocking her post-smokestack economy to sleep


Krupskaya said yes too
widow of the widowed
windswept slogan & etiquette asunder
interminable because unterminable
[the upshot of the downside]
[the inverse of the outset]
kidnapped apostrophe
never to have been once but we
then       & now       & then

the tenantry of security

the unformalizable exactitude of common sense as logic’s day job sat uncomfortably in the record of the wreckage pondering the Grail of Greenspan when suddenly a well-known statistical methodologist said go forth & copy all this down in your pure-breed stud book, lackey, & dare not write president as apparatchik, but truly appreciate the virtue of adversity, the sway of praise, the beacon of freedom. People will tell you things that are not true from time to time & from time to time people will tell you things that are not true. President as apparatchik. The mayhem of flowers. Your very own Alan Greenspan blow-up doll. Desolate docks. Nice kids in trouble with the police. The natural law of interest rates. The calculus of concession. The condition of concision. The accepted way of accepting impedimenta. The who what when where model of the retaliatory, of the we didn’t do it, of the nope not us. People will tell you things. I hate that guy, right? Feeling kind of wildcat tonight. President as apparatchik. The freedom to bleed. The religiosity of force. People will tell you things. Metronoming we to I & I to we. Fear not the tenantry of security. People will tell you things. I hate that guy, right? 

Untitled, or “Tilt”

Foreshadow the stones asleep in your eyes
with precision collision delusion collusion,
a paramilitary of plastic santas blinking away
at the manger like the difference between a carafe
& a jug, a re-routed memo to the contrary & the vice
president of the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant [Pete Katz, Yessiree!]
who says We hope that you enjoy the beautiful views found within the more
than 2,000 acres that is home to the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant.
Dear lumpen lumpen lumpen neighbor neighbor neighbor,
won’t you be my best Union Carbide friend?
My jilted je t’adore?

I said science & technology you bubonic whippersnapper!
Who put their Hudson River in my General Electric?
And now it’s time for our graphic backhand
lost on the horizon of Market Street. Nixon called
this “tilt.” Where’s a crotchety junta when you really need it? We hope
that you enjoy the beautiful views found within the more than 2,000 acres that is home to the
Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. I hate to admit it, but this ain’t Philadelphia
no more. The people of Paris celebrated Mumia Abu-Jamal Day. Skittish
frippery crippling my crippling amount of free time. Hello there Mr. Custom’s Officer!
Just a chip of the ole multilateral transatlantic establishment.
Just sharing my prejudices with a nationwide audience. Sayonara
Kyoto! Easy there, Peppy. Indexed for instant use. “Take, say, U.S. history.”


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JULES BOYKOFF co-edits the tangent, a zine of politics and art and co-hosts tangentradio, a weekly radio show on poetry and politics. He is the author of the multi-media poetry chapbook "Philosophical Investigations Inna Neo-Con Roots-Dub Styley" (Interrupting Cow Press, 2004), and his work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in: Tripwire, Tool: A Magazine, XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics, Labor History, Extra!, Blue Moon, and the inaugural issue of Socialist Studies