THE ALLEGORICAL ISSUE

intro

Sometimes I feel allegories are reality, and that reality has yet to begin. The brilliant allegories of resistance, and transformation that inhabit aglimpseof’s pages contain guising, irony, projections, melancholy, anger, and recursions.

Clinton Craig wrote “Goldwater” at the same time as he was reading “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman: “I was inspired by her character’s interior reality, a reality that she was so sure was true, yet was told constantly was simply a hysteria. I don’t know how Gilman would feel about my appropriation of her work, but it was done with great respect and a feeling of urgency spurred by the current political situation (of alternative facts, egocentrism, and rejection of logic) in the United States.”

The texts that Jazmine Linklater used for her collage poems are Freud’s “The Question of Lay Analysis” (Neurose), Camus’ “The Myth of Sisyphus,” Thomas Nagel’s “The Absurd” (Absurde), and Sartre’s “Existentialism and Humanism” (         Foi).

“By appropriating a linguistic corpus of spam trigger expressions,” Bruno Ministro is “alluding to the performative aspect of words, which are symbolically considered forbidden or allowed by those machinic-built spam filters. What does it mean to be forbidden/allowed in our society? Does this generator work as an true allegory of culture?” This spam generator is for Bruno Ministro “an allegory of all the weird junk people upload to the web, particularly, to social networks. It is somehow what Sandy Baldwin refers to as ‘anomalous web materials.’”

John Morgan started making hand made concertina books on high quality laid paper for his long poems. “From a Stolen Voice” became one of them: “It responds to the idea of differential texts (Marjorie Perloff), where the layout and medium can provide distinctly different reading experiences. Holatyn is one of the old Jewish shtetls that have completely disappeared in western Ukraine. The reference here comes from a novel by Czech writer, Ivan Olbrecht, who uses the name Holatyn in the first chapter of his novel, Nikola the Outlaw (1933), set in WWI in Ruthenia, the region that bordered Slovakia, Ukraine, Hungary and Romania. He refers to it as a mountain in the Carpathians.”

Tom Snarsky’s “Poem” began “as a few unrelated quatrains composed with an 8-syllable line and grew to be a longer meditation on birth and music under the (in?)auspicious sign of mathematics. The poem’s conceit is the Garden of Eden Theorem for cellular automata, which states roughly that an automaton only has a true beginning state (that is, a state with no possible predecessors — a “Garden of Eden”) if that automaton has two states with identical sets of successor states (these are called “twin” states). The poem attempts to explode the kernel at the heart of this theorem outward into history, suspending the usual problematic of birth/origins/creation in favor of the play of twinning & experiment; in so doing, the poem evokes figures like Spinoza, Laurence Sterne, and Alfred Schnittke — all of whom happen to share a birthday. Ultimately, “Poem” tracks a fragmented effort to listen carefully, to attain subjectivity, and then to transform history — or, at the very least, to face the world and speak.”

Many thanks to Mary Alexi, Clinton Craig, Jeremy Hight, Allison Hummel, Anna Lascari, Jazmine Linklater, Erin Lyndal Martin, Bruno Ministro, John Morgan, Tom Snarsky, and Theadora Walsh who made the Allegorical issue deliciously, intriguingly, extremely real.

Dimitra Ioannou

ΜΑΙΡΗ ΑΛΕΞΗ . MARY ALEXI

(που η πριγκίπισσα δεν κατάφερνε να κοιμηθεί γιατί κάτω από το στρώμα της υπήρχε ένα δόντι)

Έβγαλα το φρονιμίτη μου
πιθανώς τον τελευταίο.
Έχω βγάλει τρεις, όλοι στραβοί.
Toυς άφησα σε καίρια σημεία για τη νεράιδα
η Νεράιδα είναι καλή
η Νεράιδα είναι στωική
η Νεράιδα είναι στοργική
η Νεράιδα παίρνει κομματάκια αίμα οστά και ούλα και τα κάνει χρυσάφι.

Ο πρώτος δε με πόνεσε, βγήκε ακέραιος
Η Oδοντίατρος τον άφησε δίπλα μου πάνω στο αποστειρωμένο τραπέζι.
Η Oδοντίατρος είναι προσεχτική
η Oδοντίατρος έχει ελαφριά χέρια
η Oδοντίατρος είναι για όταν ο φρονιμίτης είναι για να βγει ακέραιος.
Τον πήρα στην τσέπη του μπουφάν μου, έκλεισα εισιτήρια, γύρισα σπίτι
τον ακούμπησα στο μαξιλάρι του πατέρα μου, έκλεισα εισιτήριο, γύρισα πίσω
ένα δόντι λιγότερη.
Η Νεράιδα τον μάζεψε και ένα μήνα μετά ο πατέρας μου με πήρε τηλέφωνο.

Ο δεύτερος δε βγήκε ποτέ, μόνο έσπρωχνε και έσπρωχνε
παράλογα.
Ο Γναθοχειρουργός είναι λεπτομερής
ο Γναθοχειρουργός είναι αποφασιστικός
έβγαλε σε τρία κομμάτια κάτι που ίσως γινόταν δόντι
το ακούμπησε σε τρεις χαρτοπετσέτες.
Γλίτσα, σάλιο, αίμα- τον έκλεισα σε ένα φάκελο και τον έστειλα στον πρώτο μου γκόμενο
με διεύθυνση κάποιο πάρκινγκ και παραλήπτη μόνο όνομα
γιατί είχαμε πιεί αρκετά και δε θυμάμαι πολλά εκτός από τα αίματα στο κάθισμα.
Η Νεράιδα δυσκολεύεται να παρκάρει
η Νεράιδα έχει θέμα με την αντίληψη του χώρου αλλά
νομίζω ότι τον βρήκε
γιατί ένα μήνα μετά μου δώσανε την πρώτη μου δουλειά σαν σερβιτόρα.
Λάκι μι.

Η Σερβιτόρα είναι πειθήνια
η Σερβιτόρα δεν ξεχνάει
η Σερβιτόρα πάει στο Γναθοχειρουργό
να βγάλει ακόμα έναν φρονιμίτη
που κανείς δεν ξέρει αν έχει χώρο να βγει, αλλά πονάει
άρα αποφασίζουμε όλοι μαζί- ο Γναθοχειρουργός-
να σπάσουμε ένα κομμάτι οστού και να τον τραβήξουμε
να τελειώνουμε μια ώρα αρχύτερα.

Η Σερβιτόρα παίρνει ένα δόντι στις παλάμες της
που μοιάζει με τα πρώτα δόντια
που βγάζαμε μωρά
ένα φρονιμίτη νεογιλό
και τον φυλάει στο συρτάρι του μπάνιου
μέχρι να σκεφτεί τι θα τον κάνει

η Νεράιδα μπερδεύεται
η Νεράιδα πολύ συχνά δε σκέφτεται τις πιθανότητες
Έβγαλα τον φρονιμίτη μου και τον ξέχασα στο ντουλαπάκι της τουαλέτας
και το Σάββατο η Νεράιδα ήρθε να τον πάρει ενώ έκανα μπάνιο

η Νεράιδα είναι όμορφη
η Νεράιδα με έστειλε στο διάολο που την έβαλα να κάνει
τσάμπα ταξίδι
η Νεράιδα είναι κουρασμένη να είναι όμορφη
η Νεράιδα ήθελε να γίνει Γναθοχειρουργός
αλλά κανείς δεν τη ρώτησε

η Νεράιδα μπήκε στη μπανιέρα

έμεινα μαζί της, πήρα και τον φρονιμίτη μου
πλυθήκαμε
έφτιαξα καφέ κάναμε μερικά τσιγάρα πέρασε η ώρα
Τώρα
Η Νεράιδα και η Σερβιτόρα είναι άνεργες
η Νεράιδα είναι Γυναίκα
πίνει φρέντο εσπρέσο μέτριο και καπνίζει καρέλια πορτοκαλί.
Και
η Νεράιδα παίρνει σκουπίδια και τα κάνει θυμό.
Και, κυρίως,
η Νεράιδα είναι καλή
η Νεράιδα καταλαβαίνει.

Λάκι γιου:
η Νεράιδα θα σας στείλει στο διάολο αν την ξαναφωνάξετε
να μαζέψει το αίμα, τη γλίτσα και τα ούλα σας.

~

(The one with the princess not sleeping because there was a tooth under her mattress)

I had my wisdom tooth removed
possibly the last one.
This is my third one, all three grew crooked.
I left them on crucial spots for the tooth fairy to find

the Fairy is kind
the Fairy is tolerant
the Fairy is tender
the Fairy takes pieces of blood, bones and gums and turns them into gold.

The first one didn’t hurt, it came out whole.
The Dentist left it next to me on the sterilized table
the Dentist is careful
the Dentist is gentle
She is appropriate when the wisdom tooth is to be taken out whole.
I put it in my jacket’s pocket, booked a flight, went Home
I placed it on my father’s pillow, booked another flight, got back
a tooth less.
The Fairy picked it up. A month later my father called me.

The second one never grew, it kept pushing and pushing
absurdly.

the Oral surgeon is decisive
he removed in three pieces something that could become a tooth
he placed them on three different napkins.
Slime, spit, blood – I tucked them in an envelope and sent them to my first boyfriend
addressed to some parking lot and no last name
for we were drunk and I don’t recall much apart from the blood on the back seat.
The Fairy can’t handle parking very well
the Fairy struggles with the perception of space but
I think she found them
as a month later I got my first job as a waitress
Lucky me.

The Waitress is obedient
the Waitress does not forget.
The Waitress goes to the Oral Surgeon
to have yet another wisdom tooth removed

that no one knows if there is still place for it to grow, but it hurts
so we decide unanimously – the Oral Surgeon –
to break some bone and pull it out
to get it over with.

The Waitress holds a tooth in her palms
resembling something like
baby teeth
a wisdom tooth premature
she keeps It in the bathroom cupboard
until she figures out what to do with it

the Fairy is confused
the Fairy doesn’t often think of the possibilities.
I had my wisdom tooth removed, I left it in the bathroom cupboard
and forgot about it
on saturday the Fairy came to pick it up, while I was in the shower

the Fairy is beautiful
the Fairy told me to go to the hell
for making her come all the way for nothing
the Fairy is tired of being beautiful
the Fairy wanted to be an Oral Surgeon
but nobody asked her

the Fairy got in the shower

I stayed, I even took my wisdom tooth with us
we showered
I made coffee, we smoked some cigarettes, time passed by.
Now
the Fairy and the Waitress are unemployed.
The Fairy is a Woman
she drinks her coffee with milk, and smokes marbloros
And
the Fairy collects trash and turn it into anger.
And, above all
the Fairy is kind
the Fairy understands

Lucky you:
the Fairy will tell you to go to hell if you ever call her again
to pick up your blood, slime and gums.



Γεννήθηκα το 1990, στο Ηράκλειο Κρήτης. Ζω στη Θεσσαλονίκη. Δουλεύω σε διάφορες δουλειές, γιατί πρέπει να επιβιώσω. Και γράφω πολύ, γιατί δεν πρέπει. Το πρώτο μου βιβλίο ποίησης, κυκλοφόρησε από τις εκδόσεις Πολύτροπον, με τον τίτλο «Αλάτι». Παλιότερη δουλειά μου βρίσκεται στο μπλογκ whatthefak.blogspot.com

I was born in 1990, in Heraklion, Creta. I live in Thessaloniki. I do a lot different jobs, cause I have to survive. And I write a lot, cause I do not have to. My first poetry collection, named ‘Alati’, was published by the publishing house ‘Polytropon’. Μy earlier poems are published in my personal blog whathefak.blogspot.com)

CLINTON CRAIG

Goldwater

Please click here to read: Clinton Craig Goldwater



Clinton Craig received his MFA from Western Kentucky University. This fall, he will attend the PhD program at University of Louisiana, Lafayette. His work has appeared in Tammy, Microtext 2 (Medusa’s Laugh Press), and Crow Hollow 19. He is from Flagstaff, Arizona.

JEREMY HIGHT

Bury me

Bury me in warm memes. Send off the world as it nears its end with shimmering emoji. May the photoshop manicured selfies gird against mortality and the soil of the grave.

Bury me in erasure. Take the tiny porch light flicker of a soul, the algorithm of days, the data nexus of skin and memory. Hurl my eventual end past the dull glow of the cycloptic eye en-masse, the social media collective dulled and spasming with likes and video.

Bury me in the skin of old photos. The tensile way of body first entering cooler water in warm night star ashed or soon to rain. Tuck me away into Polaroids for whatever is to come. May film be bunker. May once exposure, that gently stolen bit of past sun warm as whatever is coming draws near.

A monster with an oversized tie teases world war with 140 characters in the bowels of night. He beckons economic collapse with each foolish childish utterance.

Cover me in the shelter of away, of past, of not here, of not now, please.


Moment

The old online photos were opened and drained for fluids. Waters and drinks came out in tiny portions to be stored. The people made a small sound no one knew film had captured but then it was gone. Some were even words said to whoever the photographer was. Suns burned again for a second and breezes rode out from long past afternoons. The phd student had figured out that a filmic moment was a stilled film be it a second. He also found a way to extract the essence of what was captured after scanning the photos and tying them to a scent and flavor database and algorithm.

The result was at once a beginning and cliff end. One bled of sensory breath images simply were themselves again but the warmth was enough to heat his tired hands before closing the lab door to go sleep.


What remains from the erasure of my short story 4532 oak drive

I wrote a short story, stopped its publication, and have been slowly spreading the short story across banal seemingly utilitarian websites I have created. The concept is can a narrative burst open across the net and still resonate…can the dull web be art? Here are the core websites I made

http://jjhight1.wixsite.com/website

http://jjhight1.wixsite.com/website-3

and a meta video of all that was lost when the initial story was erased:




Jeremy Hight is the author of two books with a third soon. His book “What Remains” (published by Free Dogma Press) is a short story collection composed by taking all tech and sci fi out of sci fi films and taking what remains into prose. His collaborative narrative work once edited live by earthquake data, “Carrizo Parkfield Diaries” is in the Whitney museum artport. He is currently working with Damon Loren Baker on prose that changes based on how it is read. He teaches Creative Writing and English Comp and lives with his soul mate Lisa and his amazing cat Samson.

ALLISON HUMMEL

My Dream of Your Runes

There is rune like a pictograph and rune like a large stone in grass, covered
in pictographs and

I have known both of them now: unrelated twins such as these
could cipher whole universes for me

(although I am dulled to the slight inclines

of asphalt and resting garbage that are

the outside. And I walk as if through a slough; life on earth can be heavy with drag.)

I have an image, lately, whipping in my mind like a pennant: a reminder of what I cannot cease to resist:
It is me and I am on my knees, and I have both arms wrapped around my head, as if expecting

a hail of matter from space,

sudden curtain of jagged rock and cosmic metal.

It is a sort of pictograph, it means,

My Dream of Your Runes.

(A rune can be bone fragment, shard of poem. Brought to rest on corporeal plane,

it means merely token

some drudged up penny that speaks of simple love, not of darkness, Byzantine and futile.)

But here,

untouched by Iron Age, I could claw strata forever and only hit clay.

I could eat the clay, and call it bread.

There is more darkness around than I care to palpate

(“ It is me and I am on my knees, ”)

and luck is effectively fate’s opposite, especially if, like Gunnhild, you’re being drowned in a bog.

I place her image inside of my body, suspended in cytoplasm;

her bones don’t scrape me.

I see her as pictograph, made abstract by time. As body of text, of

My Dream of Your Runes,

strong, like a saga hero

with blue teeth and unfixed eyes

acknowledging, disregarding, continuing- with
wrathful freedom,

utter sweetness



Allison Hummel is a poet living on the Northeast side of Los Angeles. Previous works include two chapbooks, Beauty State (2013) and Vessels (2016.) She is always amenable to pen pals and collaborations.

ΑΝΝΑ ΛΑΣΚΑΡΗ . ANNA LASCARI

Left of the Parthenon



“Left of the Parthenon,” (2015) is a 3D audiovisual installation that symbolically depicts the social and political environment 
experienced by the Greeks resulting from the ongoing crisis and austerity. I BIENAL DEL SUR: PUEBLOS EN RESISTENCIA 
1st Biennale of South: People in Resistance.




Η Άννα Λάσκαρη γεννήθηκε στην Αθήνα. Μετά από πολυετή διαμονή στη Νέα Υόρκη, επέστρεψε στην Αθήνα όπου ζει και εργάζεται από το 2007. Η Λάσκαρη πραγματοποίησε μεταπτυχιακές σπουδές στο Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, Νέα Υόρκη και παρακολούθησε μαθήματα Video art, Web design και Flash animation στο New School της Νέας Υόρκης. Η πρακτική της συνδυάζει γλυπτική, βίντεο, φωτογραφία, 3D animation, έργα για το διαδίκτιο και άλλες μορφές κοινωνικών δράσεων.

Η Λάσκαρη έχει παρουσιάσει το έργο της σε διεθνείς συναντήσεις συμπεριλαμβανομένων των: I Bienal del Sur: Pueblos en Resistencia, στο Καράκας, Βενεζουέλα (2016), CAPTURE ALL, TRANSMEDIALE/festival, στο Βερολίνο, Γερμανία (2015), 4η Μπιενάλε Σύγχρονης Τέχνης, Μακεδονικό Μουσείο Σύγχρονης Τέχνης, Θεσσαλονίκη, Ελλάδα (2013), The Garden of Eden, Palais de Tokyo, στο Παρίσι, Γαλλία (2012), Suspended Forces και PINK, στη γκαλερί a.antonopoulou art, Αθήνα, Ελλάδα (2013 and 2010).

Πρόσφατα δημόσια έργα περιλαμβάνουν: Athens Report, μια διαδραστική διαδικτυακή πλατφόρμα βασιζμένη στο crowdsourcing (2014-2016), …do delay, μέρος της έκθεσης Treasure Island , παραγωγή pick nick projects, Δημοτικό Κέντρο Τεχνών Λευκωσίας, Λευκωσία, Κύπρος (2014), Neue Klarheit, vkunst Φρανκφούρτη, Γερμανία (2012), Εικαστικοί Διάλογοι, παραγωγή του Ίδρυματος Ωνάση, σταθμός μετρό Πλατεία Συντάγματος, Αθήνα, Ελλάδα (2010)

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Anna Lascari was born in Athens, Greece. After years of residing in New York City, she moved to Athens and has been working there since 2007. She holds a Master’s in Fine Arts from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and has study Video art, Web design and Flash animation at the New School in New York City. Lascari’s practice combines sculpture, drawing, video, photography, 3d animation, internet projects, and other forms of social actions.

Lascari has exhibited in international venues including I Bienal del Sur: Pueblos en Resistencia, Caracas, Venezuela (2016); CAPTURE ALL, TRANSMEDIALE/festival, Berlin, Germany (2015); 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece (2013); The Garden of Eden, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2012); Suspended Forces and PINK, a.antonopoulou art, Athens, Greece (2013 and 2010).

Recent public projects include: Athens Report, an interactive Internet platform based on crowdsourcing (2014-2016); …do delay, part of the exhibition project Treasure Island, produced by pick nick projects, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Nicosia, Cyprus (2014); Neue Klarheit, vkunst Frankfurt, Germany (2012); Visual Dialogues, commissioned by the Onasis Foundation, Syntagma Square metro station, Athens, Greece (2010)

Jazmine Linklater

Neurose

Presence allows of no third   person, a graphic capsule sui generis  ventures to rose-gold pathological states   done to patient. Coffrets sans modernist   zigzags & waves still in ignorance pretty  ditsy pattern principle. But he has something   oppressing him, some secret screams premium:   pastel dread tulle-crafted swaddles sense organs. Two-step pleated cortical layers drawstring the tool, the physiology of ocean-time   cases the law. Underlying distaste in swoon- worthy shades, incompatible socially metallic matchbox embellishment. Clothe this theory   in other terms: refuse to be directed by his will, art-over him out of his fears. Confession the sinner denounce fake synthetics (think   wallpaper​ florals in tobacco & forest) boho philosophy ruffles statement a sacred. If spiritually naked when dressed lacks   attributes definite, the midriff is the new   shoulder, hold on to this last analogy.

 

Absurde   

Kicking off is a first to the maximum end something impactful lemonade   lingerie evades it withdraws pretty to personally lust  more masculine shape frills  super sleeves bathing belles   & constant awareness revived, alert   find out the possible to live   without appeal. A hope's fraction awakens solely appearances run superlatives on textural focus   & all that links them together. Star signs fashion icons & whisky ever evived ever alert is living on form to the maximum. Resolutions  the perfect foundation for outfits, feminine without inner freedom: we lack the power to make use of that artifice. The absurd depends before athleisure burning & frigid, transparent & limited   not-form-fitting universe.  Intellectual malady & utility chic piece weariness tinged with amazement. Stage sets a standout stripe, nostalgia collapse   your Parisian zest nothing worth anything   but everything given new lightness for blush crush comes voidly eloquent  hiatus, O, take the reins.

  

( ) Foi  

Peppercorn pink & amber doctrine the contemplation – luxury: prove belief in risk. Give off glimmer unattainability no reality (except plant-based action life-affirming renewal designed to energise micellar mauvaise foi. Solidify intention, alleviate fear. Features extract bleed, acids & enzymes this self-deception needn't be a) flesh coloured or b) drying. Obligatory obedience distilled slow, dose-double dewiness inscribe intelligible heaven. Cupid's bow the starting point: strobing (layer omega & moringa) luminous multi-depth valuerealm, defined & ratified as end-in- itsherbet – stern optimism. Disguise reveals anguish itself: algae trend limits fantasy/caprice, cell burn-out self- surpass essence. In fashioning self, fashion man – invariable incline to evil. Progress ~ amelioration; man always same. Stomach’s plein d’air space above good-karma t- shirts, boxy & business-like à priori frustration foredoomed right down to the last cm.


Jazmine Linklater is a poet and writer based in Manchester. Poetry can be found in The Literateur; Zarf; Datableed; Paratext, and a recent essay at The Text Art Archive. Her debut pamphlet is forthcoming with Dock Road Press in summer 2017.

Erin Lyndal Martin

From Book of Shadows.

 
In your absence I watched escape artists
perform their feats of flight
When I needed escapism
Houdini was not enough

he was called THE HANDCUFF KING
because he got out of them
he said his middle name was Handcuff

he needed chains and straitjackets
to prove that he was free

the night you told me I was shy
I painted what I painted every other night that week
I was trying to make a point about beauty
and what this world does to it

my argument involved a grocery bag
and some graveyard dirt
plus things that were pink

it was a fine idea
but the grocery bag pieces
were too big
and the pink was too pink

dipping into oracles,
the next card I flipped over
was the sorcerer
shown here with a falcon
it means learning magic as a human

being human is lonely
nothing so lonely
as a borrowed city
seen via headlights

nothing so naked
as wearing your blue jeans
and slurping a dick into your mouth

I retraced my steps in a borrowed city
I retraced my steps in a borrowed city

(the drugs were nearly gone / he didn’t get me off)

not a lot of time to build up memories
but every street had a ghost
some of them had four
usually I am into ghosts
these were sadistic motherfuckers

(the drugs were nearly gone / he didn’t get me off)

haphazard city, I was a stranded motorist
in autumn leaves and dusky light
someone could not help me
but he gave me some Oreo’s

I remember kindness
like a red face remembers a slap

borrowed city
skyline made of glass and tall
into your elevators I went
emerging a bitter woman
with a paperback



Erin Lyndal Martin is a poet, visual artist, and music journalist. Her poems have recently appeared in decomP, Cosmonauts Avenue, Prelude, and Gigantic Sequins. She’s on Twitter at @erinlyndal.

BRUNO MINISTRO

Nigerian Prince!

Please click here to watch: Nigerian Prince!



Bruno Ministro (b. 1988, Portugal) is a poet working in the fields of electronic literature, visual poetry and performance. He is also a Ph.D student in the Doctoral Program in Materialities of Literature at University of Coimbra, Portugal. He was part of aranhiças & elefantes collective and he is currently artist-editor in Candonga Project. Some of his recent works can be seen/read/listen/played at hackingthetext.net.

JOHN MORGAN



John Morgan’s poems offer a visual engagement with real, imagined or received experience of landscape, place, identity and myth. His writing often responds in situ to the works of other writers and artists, as well as to the land itself and how it receives and ‘writes’ the identity of the person moving through it. His poems have appeared in a glimpse of, The Learned Pig and Reliquiae, but are mostly published on his own website, Visual [writ]/read/[/ing/]: http://users.aber.ac.uk/jpm/visual/words.html

TOM SNARSKY

Poem

Mirrored in a mountain river
beyond the browning underbrush,
a blue whistling thrush sets its song
to dusk’s complicated music.

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Her hand almost covers the sound
hole of the guitar as she plays.
Broken chords eclipse that circle
of distracted breath (not to scale).

• ● • ● • ● • ● • ● • ● • ● •

Today, the oracle foretold
the death of fire.
The flames will be
eyeless in the gladdening smoke.
Both modes sew the murder of air.

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This poem has one character.
We’d need to go all the way back
to Spinoza—maybe further—
in order to find her true love.

• ● • ● • ● • ● • ● • ● • ● •

Groups are algebraic objects
determined by four axioms.
They are sometimes represented
with diagrams called Cayley graphs.

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For a long time she has wanted
a child. She second-guesses this
sometimes, like anything, but her
doubt is planar—an afterthought.

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Incised into a one-time pad,
an account of the genesis
of history. The key jangles
on its ring at the bailiff’s hip.

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The idol lies cold on her palm.
Its metaphorical logic
twists like a balloon animal,
with crossings at faith’s boundary.

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Astronomers are still puzzled
by Jupiter’s winds; no model
for the Jovian atmosphere
can explain all we see in it.

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Random walks through the multiverse
with the Mad Hatter can help some-
times, unless she’s just looking for
a quiet place to count her dreams.

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Definition: we say a group
is sofic if its Cayley graph
is subamenable. Sofic,
from the Hebrew word for finite.

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She sees the uncanny valley
from the citadel. It’s unclear
why symbolic authority
is twinned in this nuclear dream.

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Hellfire, plus a philosophy
of affirmation. (Furtive chance.)
Reactions, but not reactive:
the whole bright universe at once.

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Ineradicable, the swerve,
completely. She stares at the list
of calculations. Completely
ineradicable
, she smiles.

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Schnittke did not have to explain
himself. He was not on trial.
Except when he was. When he was
on trial, he did not use words.

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She can’t see Jupiter from here.
She builds deep and shallow models
in her dreams, where uncertainty
gleams like wax fruit or red metal.

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All sofic groups are surjunctive.
This means the Garden of Eden
theorem applies: we can look
for twin states instead of gardens.

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Her copy of Tristram Shandy
has two folded pages: the black
page for poor Yorick, and the page
where Tristram is finally born.

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The theologian broke his arm.
He rested it on the surface
of the water while he waded
further out, toward the island.

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Does she really want to make him
kill the shadow man? Jupiter’s
core accretes from too far afield.
Her questions are becoming gray.

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Twins are states that map to the same
successor states. Gardens are states
that have no predecessor states.
Twins are much easier to find.

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She has overheard the March Hare
flinging snowglobes into the past.
The clock tower’s going berserk.
She feeds into it, listening.

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It doesn’t matter how the truth
is spelled. Field above the warren.
Low grasses. Creeping rootstalks of
turmeric. (Dissimilation.)

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She holds the seraph in her hand.
The firmament has never felt
this real. Like royalty, she slides
her arm into the filmy sky.

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Idealizations, then shock.
High Jupiter recalcitrant.
A blighted model theory
of hemlock, deathly recursive.

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The vacuum throat—malfunctioning—
throws her into ruins built of
marble. A shuffled voice crackles
into the dust of bleak sculpture.

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In the year 29 CE,
on November the 24th,
a total solar eclipse was
visible near Jerusalem.

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Her solar wind beckons the font
into new, unworded grandeur.
Without a preconceived grammar,
she is free to remake the voice.

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Sofia Gubaidulina.
I owe you more than everything.
Sofia Gubaidulina.
Born three years & one month too soon.

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Emerging from the noisy mud,
the revenant opens her eyes
and reads backwards: her blue hymnal
the softest palindrome in time.

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The Dormouse cries in his sleep too.
He hides his icons in the fog
of the teapot, hazy with dreams,
yearning like a warm theory.

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She drank in the immensity
of the heavens and vocalized
a rosebush. Little else took place
after that, except the birth of—



Tom Snarsky teaches mathematics at Malden High School in Malden, Massachusetts, USA. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Blackbox Manifold, Jerkpoet, Maudlin House, Eunoia Review, Third Point Press, and elsewhere. He tweets @TomSnarsky and posts work occasionally at http://quarrellary.wordpress.com. He lives in Braintree, Massachusetts.

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