Sept/Oct 2021 • Vol. XLIII No. 5 September 9, 2021 |

Why I’m Always Doing This

Well, for one thing, it’s habitual— translating a redhead of rooster comb into a fire thing     “Thing” is inexact and wobbly, just as I am inexact and wobbly     If anybody notices this, I will deny knowing anything about it In fact, this wasn’t even written by me It was dictated to me over the ocean waves of space-time by Guillaume Apollinaire, who is, even now, doing his finest work as a beekeeper slash forestry historian slash critical theorist slash avant-garde war veteran His love is overwhelmingly hungover in the distance, the bald pink mountain like a mist-sheer curtain, so he still drinks excessively the mathematics of stars He makes the sweetest honey He listens to Fugazi He calls his robot servants Coleridge And wherever the grizzly bears paint pictures you can bet he’s there, too, painting pictures, trapping all the dust that he can in his hands— his hands, which are numinous, if not numerous “This is your

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Matt Hart’s most recent books are Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless and Debacle Debacle. A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking, & Light Industrial Safety, he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and plays in the band TRAVEL.

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