Celebrated Genome
by Ray Bianchi

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“have no desire to be witty.
       I have no desire to construct a plot
       I am going to write about things and thoughts.
       To compile quotations.”

Viktor Shklovsky

 

Sliced sky
Roxanne/Persephone
hand smashed

under an anvil
small bones pressed into the anvil
Staircase ascending

cleaning guns
With bent penises
Dirty Texans

mushroom headed Listening
Grotto of Cattulus
Buon Mangiare

“The corner of 35th and Shields the Hamburg Athletic club took their baseball bats and smashed in the skulls of the ones from across the street, across Long John Wentworth.”

Imagine Anna Akmatova
With a bucket of shit
Sloshing down the stairs-no verse for her

A poet’s prerogative
a clean
Cesspool in which to write

Nelson Algren
William Allegrezza both devotees
Of Gary with steel shards

Sean Connery said it is necessary to hit women
It gives them sense
He is a Man

rough and place a cigarette
Out in the ashtray
Give me some good Hemingway hardness

Henry Miller
Slap him Hard!
And scream without irony

“Fuck em”

Luft  Post
field composting
‘1969’ cement

broken out of the earth
smooth round
river stones

Broken roots
Rotten wood
Smells like tea

Torn Open leaves
Light Small sounds
Of bells-campagnille

the air of
Monastic listenings
Chinese food boxes

opened intestines
Memorial Day for
Small slices

Flesh wounds
In soup
potatoes and okra and rice

Geraniums
Falling out of a window
Killing the cat below

making a mess in front
La Fenice
Creaking door metal spikes

Inside of your
Torn aorta
Small listenings

bald heads
Inside of a scabbard’s
Scars. 

Seeping into the
Open market
Llama fetus’ gnosis

“The cancha in Cochabamba Bolivia is the largest market in the hemisphere and they take only Cash”

Orange blossoms
Underwire brassiere
Young girl’s knick knacks

Fine Hand
Crushed ice and Coke
Into the smell of metal

smell of a lover
Coke and crushed ice
All goes better

Especially nasty
Midwives
Cut flesh with teeth

get the
Head’s of pimples
always burst

puss and gore
Dog shitting
Into a beer bong

humping
The door of God’s
Sacred heaven

celestial wife
I see the sun
I could not believe

“YHWH had a consort- but she is dead and no more”

What green hell
Open the Gato de Mato’s
Eyes and ask

Into a poker
Pressed the flesh
With wood

 

Synchronicity
St Anthony’s finding
Obsoleteness and a mandible

Pero’ che Amore
Dolcezza
Assalto

in his bark bowl
sage leaves
and castagne

tattoos on pressure His
points and bones
a flint head-copper axe

in his back
seeping sangue
torta di sangue

Without underwear
Jesus in sandals
Unshaven and unbrushed

Don’t stand so close
So close to me
Don’t breathe

broken buildings
with condos inside
sale

tear the heart out
let the chicken
run around without

head
soul
of poems

today
a sword
cuts down the meat

Rumsfeld
it
Bushisms in UR of the Chaldeans

every little thing
you do is magic
the Police said like Marduk

when I was a child I spake as a child
and did not know
better the words

questionable geography
Istria
Rovigno

Silesia
Pomerania
Masurian Lakes

Pripet Marshes
Filled Hasidism
Italians in Brazil

 

Lift Chadors
reveal
The silence underneath

Star Trek
Battlestar Galactica
Falluja is full of Cylons  

Burning like
Marshmallows
And chocolate in July at summer camp

Bubbling skin
Off bones
And muscles shorn

Can I sit on your Chairs
Or am I too fat
For that place that ziggurat

women myths
Paul Klee
painted images

gauzey watercolors
mixed blood
into the pigment

an artshow
Gabe’s bursts of color
canvas

ascend the circle
open
God’s mouth

reveal
cold facts
transcendence

side 
listed degenerate
piece-work

Leaning Tower
YMCA Niles
Purple Hotel

Sunspots
We cannot
Control

Colored Cats
Of Franz Marc
bridge torn open

the bomb
That will
Engulf Anfo  

All America is singing
Cutting wood
At Home Depot
 
“Science, pale and gaunt clung to the pages of our books and refused to come out” Viktor Shklovsky

The Revolution is used lightly
Lightly revolution
A new turn

Cossacks and Girondins
Do not matter
With Bluetooth

MP3
Before the amber room
GM crops

Organic meat
In the belly
Of the Beast

this new turn
sun bends and refracts
splits waves

penetrate the soft
Underbelly
Listen to the IV in my Arm

hammer
Place wood spikes
Into the finely made furniture

These pieces
Are for fine offices
At the University of Chicago

they must be classy
On Halsted Street there is a gate
Where the prized Heffer walked in 1865

 

whiteness makes it all
Worthwhile a white
Sale at Marshall Fields

No brownness
No dirt
No urine filled  

Scream boy
No one can hear
Your bubble ----bursts. 

dark
The glimmer
an altar piece of fools gold

Kandinsky
Colors of yellow
Ochre and lightness

“Emile Nolde the German Expressionist painted a Crucifixion Sequence he loved--it was reviled by the Nazis, he was a Nazi”

ochre
Paintpots
on my hands

Sweaty arms of artists
Pressing Iron
And large wrenches

Into the cut underbrush
We pour gasoline
burn away newness

burned earth
Breathes deeply
And expels its roots

plow hits the metal
And tears open the skull
irony flows

sea salt burns
Improvisational
Openness  

Surprised
You lost your home
To an invader

Lop off their heads
atone for sins
Unheard of unseen

Lift high the temptation
And open up
the papaya

Eat the seeds
mash them
Into pulp and powder

Ono Degno
Barghe
Vestone ruins of castles on the mountainside

Funghi Porcini
Con vitello
E Polenta

Logs rotting under
Flesh and old
Torn souls

“when I was a child many Italians had bad teeth and hairy armpits- they don’t anymore but why?”

dental drill
Probing
Private parts inside the nerves  

Colors that fill
Painful
Mercury veins

“let things begin as they may as long as the outcome is always ours”
St Ignatius of Loyola

Wave tiles on the sidewalk
Copacabana
Beach with commerce

Listening for
Broken
Doorjambs into the place of prayer

Dante’s Twisted Face
Terza rima
Cracking the whip over poets

Creaking floors
Cats paws
In the dust that cuts

Pull out the trees
the tooth roots
Inside the door’s home

Stalingrad
a battle
Fought by Communists

Nazis
In Sexy Uniforms
So Irascible

Underbrush
Chestnuts
Hazelnuts toasted and sliced

Broken rocks
With fur
And blood and ice trenches

Water over the rocks
Flowing between
Cracked openness

Into my blood
Flows over
soul death into the persistent humming of the machine

Labor movement
Bowel movement
Cheat the house and win

Crucify
Cats
Come here king Herod

Love of Life
Into the doors
Jiffy Lube makes it right

Expositions are old
Into the noise of the Middle Ages
Of sour crème

Outcomes make
Internal thoughts
Vapidly innocent

No one has ever
Committed genocide
In his heart

Vermillion
Blankets
Small pox

Poets
verseless
listen

“Haymarket Square in Chicago where the global labor movement was born is a parking lot…. “

Into the flesh
Press a knife
And cut out

Strip clubs
Brothels
Convents

Women’s
Issues
Life feminized

Sit breathe
Into the wall
Of the hole

human genome
Benny Goodman
Mike Ditka

Dental drills
Are high
Tech

As they rip
Away
Decay

LOS NIÑOS DE LA LEY 1008 
Cocaine as metaphor
For coldness 

 

“Gonzalo Pizarro found the Cerro Rico in Potosi”

the tear in my flesh
Maggots came
ate my flesh

Tagliamento is a river
Carso plateau
Frozen fingers

Anbar Province is where I vacation
Mercedes Benz
Mandalay Bay Casino

Into my arm
Gold is injected
And it makes me golden

Free-men
Are enslaved
In darkness and velvet

Cicero’s Avenue
Senator
Beef sandwich

Inside me
Fat
Filled hope

“ the Chicago Dog has Onions, Electric Relish, Sport Peppers, Tomatoes, Celery Salt, a Poppy Bun and Mustard”

Gaul
Impaled
Roger of Hauteville

Into the door of the house
Nails pushed through the armbone
Into the soul

Soul poured out into
Door of the porta-john
And dinner at Le Cirque

Irascible poet
In my mashed potatoes
And word salad

Blood in the water
Sharkman
Into the mud

Snails and grass
Glass entire
Shards of mist

Green depth
Mossy
Cracked

Listen fuck face
I don’t want to talk
To you

There are no more
Phone booths
no bellhops

broken metal
bridges
into

crushed trains
Lionel trains
Into the dark

 
Battle of Gorizia
Black flies
Carso
 
Adamello
Torn Anfo
Open trench
 
Emanuele Guerra
Frozen fingers
Anima
 
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76590
98906
 
Polenta 
Taragna
Grasso
 
Up until
mountain
Passo Croce Domini                              
 
Into the west
I hear
St Jerome 
 
Gay Jerome
Doors closed
Sisters
 
Cracked glass
in my arm
Removing branches
 
 
 
Maria
Siamo qui
Vergine
 
Into the door
Figlio di lupo
Red door
 
Mesopotamia 
Two rivers
blood 
 
mother
Goddess 
killed
 
Marduk
Demands 
Fills 
 
Marduk 
Hear 
Prayer
 
Fire more
Into the pit
Listen
 
Marduk call
remove
My mountain
 
Dancing gods
Deer God
Open
 
Siddhartha
Sits
Alone
 
Losing weight
Like a bulimic
In heat
 
Muhammed what
Do you and
Zoroaster discuss
 
When you cut
The meat 
Across the bias
 
Italian Fashion
Made in
China 
 
12-14-16-18
Blemished
Teeth
 
Oruro 
Tin 
Mine
 
Mercury
Made
Unfertile
 
 
 
COB
COCA
MORALES
 
“I see a light descending from heaven a new heaven and a new earth” After the Apocalypse
 
Saladin
Richard
Tancredo
 
Crusade me
Jihad me
Conquer souls
 
Bonvicino
Brasileiro
Palmieras
 
Shakespeare Folios
In the doorjamb
Under the draft 
 
Into the hot potato
Nate Mackey
Winning
 
Party with Poets
In robes
And pantyhose 
 
Pão de Açucar 
Cristo
Closed
 
Into the west
We hear
James Bond
 
Erflog
Aufgabe
Spazzatura 
 
Aesthetic
listening
hydra 
 
flarf-me
tear
paper 
 
Enuma Elish
Enter 
Into me 
 
Born of rock
And blood
And islands
 
Into the dark
depth
charges
 
onto cold
doors
wreath
 
nothing
therefore
satiates 
 
cores 
Die Brucke
Futurismo
 
Doors
Open
Out  
 
Social
Darwinist
Devils
 
Guns
Germs
Steel Curtains  
 
Banalness 
Arianess
Artist-nude 

Cantabrian
Plain
Huesos and salad

Gran Dolina
Venus
Face

Sima de los huesos
Laranja
Dia

 

Dentro
La Corazon
De cosas

Boneless Body
Inca Creation Myth
stinking dry riverbeds

flowing into an empty sea
Pachachamac, drove Kon Tiki
Monkeys came

People changed into monkeys
The people forgot.
Viracocha tore the Earth

opened land
inti rayme’
tear the heart out

listen the lake
is giving up
gold dust

Marduk  needs
enuma elish
tongue of fire

Titanic limbs,
wild surf
tormented by storms

great lights flared
magestic stride
with four eyes for limitless sight

four ears hearing all;
when his lips moved a killed him,
dark guidance counselor

source of wisdom,
the bright intelligence that perceives and plans,
she writhed in lonely desolation,

 her heart worked in secret passion,
'Why must we destroy the children that we made?
the bitter water, and that return to the womb, her

When sweet and bitter
mingled together, no reed
the gods were nameless, futureless,
he is acclaimed
Great Company
                                      his wrath had shamed

the Deliverer,
he is our conscience
in our trouble he brought us peace

a safe haven;
from the pit
and in heaven,

in the shadow of death he discovered life;
it was as thought they were made
all new; conjured from death at his word until
Manifesto of Genomism
sing the love of safety,
habit and fearfulness

Fear, weakness, and conservatism
essential elements
our poetry

until now literature has exalted a mobility, ecstasy, and action.
We intend to exalt no action
deep sleep is our goal

Sunday morning
moral sluggishness
broken alarm clock  

We deny the world’s magnificence
We look for something else
In depth

hymn to the man
in his easy chair
football

circle of its orbit
pizza box
no ardor or splendor

the spirit of the bathrobe
slippers
pipe

primordial elements.
Struggle
Aggressive

no mere beauty.
an aggressive character
abortion

violent attack
known forces
prostrate

last promontory
peregrination
thurable

centuries
mysterious doors
Impossible Hot Dog

the absolute
created eternal
omnipresent Twinkie

“We will glorify war—the world’s only hygiene”
FT Marinetti

the easy chair
Freedom burgers

Stone Hypatia
to death
know it all

Mousterian
Pan au Levain
Creole

 

Vittoriale poplars
Gelato limone
Dead Lorca

Tassel-head
Black tassel
Fez

Bean salad
Fountain
Segways

Child sacrifice
Marduk
Asks for more

The listening
Quickening
Mendicant

Unto the Earth
The empanada is given
And eaten

With wine
Roses
And fashion magazines

Muito estranho
Uma coisa
De poesia

 

Poesia de amor
Amor de carnes
E frutas australes

Occidentales
Dentro una casa de
Putas

Aguas en venta
A una empresa
Integral

Cruz de sur
Internacional
Aviones negros

Capivaras no speto
Ratoes gostas
Com sal e carvao

San Francesco
Wandering
A field

Freschi
Formaggi
Latte

Garfield Park Conservatory
Hot and humid
February

Moldy
Inside
A door and its jamb

monastery
Vikings
Kells

Bobbio
Iron Crown of Lombardia
Certosa di Pavia

Contemplative stupid
Musings of
Cakes placed in my mouth

Until I see the window
light enters
cold door

metal door slams
seals shut
airless

bowls of puddling
ice cream sandwiches
cottage cheese inside the brain

monstrance
in the apse
upon  the altar

black monks
prostrates
dirt floor

 

stigmata blood
in the eyes
and into the mouth

long thorns
Mel Gibson’s message
Of peace

Atapuerca de Huesos
Cracked bones
Fleshy marrow

Cooked bones
Slabs of meat
Thighbones

Aurochs
Vitalus
Taurabolum’s blood

Mithras 
Baptize
Ignore women

Domesticated man
Tattooed
With images of bulls

Spacemen
Onto the rocks
And into the places

Onto the preparation
Floor
Open sore