Ronald Palmer – 75: Co: lons: for A: R: Am: monsRonald Palmer
75: Co: lons: for A: R: Am: mons
Awa: king with the world: seve: red emb: almed: I settle into my no:
thing: a silky mar: gin of my gen: e-ration is dead: or dying:
before I gene: rate a mess: of el: ation. Let me be fair:
her af: fair with May infe: cted the en: tire medi: tation:
especially stanzas X through XX: you get ele: cted by name:
this gene: ration is all the same. We’ve been brain—
—scrubbed to belie: ve that we can be another Plath another Blake: another me.
After reading Hopkins: I pictured all the nuns praying into the waves: siltlike sedi:
mentation after the sharks: fed on their terrified heads:
Heads dreaming down down be: low mur: kiness: O Dreaded death by
sea: see: my mind can’t make out the sorrow:
Sometimes horrific floods crept in: kept filling the ocean in
with abs: tract furn: iture which never de: scribes itself: O John
Ashbery go in: vent another car: ica: ture of the lingua:universe.
I’m nonplused: yet im-pressed: obsessed more with sex:y Black Rappers:
sweaty in gold telling us who’s bought and who’s s: old.
I’m non-flexed in my orange leather recliner: dreaming of a better body than now:
prettier abs to help me lure and fuck a younger me.
There were better bodies flashing on the telescreen: although I muted
the non commercials. Eric Blair was so correct: you can dim it but it’s always
In de: vou: ring the bodies I felt dim: (ini: shed and un): fit.
I muted my body with a prayer: I want to be elated. I want to be correct
which floods the brain with an: other sh©ock of death:
My particular stars above the towering pines are too exact for swirling:
and power as we know finds its own level of swirling: they may be correct:
but still I bet: they too get con: fused at times:
how lovely: that I agree with myself: running out under the con: stella: tions:
for a green box of dish washing det: erg ent: drama: turgid
in my pursuit of you: Archie: you infected me: more than Rich and
more than Woolf: and more than Joyce: it was you Archie you: who drove me
crazy with colons: who daz: zled me:
with your dazz: ling colons.