Alex Crowley     

 

non­representational painting

of being numerous shoppers choosers judges

human anemone / lurching stalactite

bring me the head of a Catalan peasant

 

non­representational painting

the secret code was saran wrap / & I knew
I  loved  / because you ran / face  first  into
my  weekend  lucid  dream  /  nobody  got
stuck  in  an  elevator  /  my  arms  didn’t
freeze / paralyzed mid­flight / it’s a simple
pattern  /  picked  out  over  years / & every
time I wake up with the same bloody nose

 

of being numerous shoppers choosers judges

the hidden history of introductions we slowly
document / populates the page  as inmates
on a hunger strike / it’s politics as use / you
all agreed we’d never advertise / our desire
for a half­assed future  we can clasp hands
with / a pillow fight in a pencil factory / turns
personal / lifts the stockade on the common
meant  to  hold  the  tantalizing  flavors  /  we
were merely bred to want & pacified unwind

 

human anemone / lurching stalactite

we love finding new ruins / inside amphorae
of near abstractions  / drink & dance astride
self­denial / seeking without refuge in silver /
a trumpet a triumph / gives way to anomie /
art  fruit  at  eye  level  /  dehydrate  yourself
we’re starving / we recognize the sex in light
& shade /  shape & line / my velvet pockets
with moths / any pleasure without purpose

 

bring me the head of a Catalan peasant

a  moustache droops / outside the void it’s airtight / tendrils
cling to isolation / chamber quartet for the end of time played
in humidifier hums / the chemistry to contemplate is how on
life Earth emerged / unstable built as fast as man had liked
to run / the silk road when it ran for silk / instead of slick / we
get  wet  &  string  out  /  on  wasted days of  civilization / five
thousand  years  of  beautiful  mystery  /  from  doses  to
handfuls thrown back  / at the sea we  loved  so much / we
had no choice but change the month / goodbye sweet prints


Crowley

Alex Crowley is the poetry, science, and history reviews editor at Publishers Weekly and a co-curator of Brooklyn’s MENTAL MARGINALIA Reading Series. He reviews for TLR and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Handsome, Big Bell, and elsewhere.