July/Aug 2019 • Vol. XLI No. 4 PoetryJuly 1, 2019 |

Bird Survives the Death of Nature

1 An obstacle to reaching over there remains sunken latency of here, where He who kills bees, kills public housing, memes innovation as meaning, translates into “kill we.” Soon as acceptance of an abject — the rest of us: twirling ashes, ashes, to the copyright tune. Now He watching you watch the clock run out bzz bzz. Everything they teach about enlightenment leaves out prisoners or my mother. To answer your question: I refuse 2 Trees speak a language we could learn. To learn means to acknowledge you don’t know all the howls of how, all the yets to yet, all the zygote beasts of ferment; whether toward blue or transferred from yellow, all color requests to collaborate. Volume matters when we let the song exert. We can ask more than take. 3 Sun Ra says this planet is doomed. What if the subaltern set the parameters of heaven? There’s no such thing. An addendum to the thing: the setting of nearness betweens infinite; Toussaint L’Ouverture may attest — nonappear

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