poetry journal

Issue #2, Spring 2007

in this issue

mark young - richard kostelanetz - john crouse - mez breeze
reed altemus - ville-juhani sutinen - david divizio - john m. bennett

mark young


1. First lineS Frank O'Hara

Sitting in a corner of

the gallery, smiling

through my own memories

of painful excitement, 

your wide eyes so. He

has a funnel instead 

of a penis. So many

echoes in my head, so

many things in the 

air! Soot, so that 

the pliant, so the rain

falls, so we are taking off

our masks are we, & 

Some days I 

feel that I exude a 

fine dust. Someone else's 

Leica sitting on the 

table sometimes. I think 

I am a tiny figure. Spain!

Much more beautiful 

than Eqypt. Suddenly 

that body appears

in my smoke. Summer

is over. Suppose you

really do, toward the end.


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I take a break from translating the Complete Works of Tacitus into
Estonian & go for a walk along the esplanade.

We are many miles from the sea. Probably sixty. It will be a long walk
to the sea before I can walk beside it.

But then, I have never read Tacitus. I am learning Estonian to prepare
myself for it. Then Tacitus. Then re-read him, with an English-Estonian
dictionary becide me.

I am plagued by doubts. I know more Latin than Estonian. Perhaps it
would be easier to translate directly from the original rather than put
English in the middle.

It will be my life's work. My Life's Work. My meisterarbeit. I am
reading the histories of the Roman Empire & the people Tacitus wrote
about before reading him. I am learning Estonian.

I am walking towards the water. Halfway along the way Tacitus joins me.
We converse in Latin. It sounds like a bad Mass. Conjugations confuse
the radar cameras which means we can speed if we want to. I wonder what
Estonian sounds like.

Tacitus tells me. Turns out he has relatives in the Baltic with whom he
has always kept in touch, whom he talks to regularly on the phone, &
that any one of the Finno-Ugric branch of the Uralic family of languages
sounds similar to the others. I do not believe him, not about the
language but about his relatives.

He begins to recite a poem in Latin. Then he recites it in the original
Estonian. He tells me it is included in Heinrici Chronicon Livoniae
which he had a hand in translating. Then he starts talking to me in

I run away from him. I am pulled over by the Highway Patrol. By the time
they let me go with a caution Tacitus has disappeared.

I continue walking towards the sea. An hour or so after dawn I reach it.
It calls to me in English, says "Enter me, walk towards the islands." I
go in. As my head goes beneath the water it starts cajoling me in Latin.
The sea sounds remarkably like Tacitus.

I walk on. Coral & seashells cut my feet. The sea bathes them & wraps
them in bandages so I can continue. Eventually my reticence fades. We
begin to become more open with one another. 

We talk in Estonian.

richard kostelanetz




john crouse


Forcefully, sludge, series, catharsis, elaborately, preferred, untutored, 
bodily, defying, media, luxury, anonymous, fantastic, autobiography,
enclosed, intricate, ruins, visual, conform, dignity, paste, popularity,
blur, spectators, collages, egoism, zero, democratic, inventive, domain,
illusion, angst, elitism, published, interaction, sacred, tendency,
dimension, industry, distorting, gesture, renounce, submitted,
spectacles, composers, foundation, dynamic, inherent, highlight,
collaboration, links, radicals, questions, advertising, text,
disciplines, genders, films, incorporate, inspiration, anthology,
anarchic, creating, influence, utopian, application, hysterical, fusion,
variation, sunny, replacement, dazzle, folklore, imagination, movement,
machine, perspective, rotary, article, commercialism, motif, handling,
maximum, embrace, edgy, imager, christened, expound, jelly, scorn,
metaphysical, fuss, primitive, immensely, figurative, introduction,
musculature, patriotic, attracting, embark, reminiscent, values, dealer,
citizenry, upholding, victims, murals, political, agrarian, heroic,
resettlement, chauvinistic, scene, glorify, resolution, cult, debate,
technology, outsider, asylum, exorcism, telephone, doodles, tool,
mystic, primal, wine, graffiti, vocabulary, housewife, perpetual, knees,
homemade, woodcuts, nicknamed, notorious, criticism, absence, spirits,
popular, future, sprang, solo, ugly, society, aesthetic, motto,
encounter, umbrella, dissecting, intended, chaos, masks, castration,
crayon, unsettling, logic, bourgeois, dolls, repertoires, mankind,
realism, contradictory, repressed, shackles, bizarre, eroticisation,
determination, barriers, negation, synthesis, existence, decorative,
version, widespread, content, space, challenge, banned, portrayal,
banded, entertaining, aligned, irrational, vernacular, tactics,
recitation, folly, paradox, interaction, confusion, mustache, bleeding,
satire, elasticity, reverberation, powerless, attack, montage, recall,
mentor, ecclesiastical, destruction, goal, unconscious, orientated,
ultimate, portfolio, weakened, medieval, coincidence, ballet,
meditation, globe, endpapers. 

mez breeze

_competition m.[d]body_ment_

 competition m.bodies the myth of freedom;
-u r free 2 operate in an open market
-u r free via demo.crazy
.free 2 b smarter than ur neighbours
.free 2 b as sarcastic + pseudo-liberal as u like
.free 2 offer versions as fact
.free 2 present jib[e]s as n.teraction

#u r not free.
#u r not non-controlled.
#u r indoctrinated like the rest of us.

u r:
controlled enuff 2 b cultu[vi]r[tu]ally myopic
controlled enuff 2 denigrate x.periential leanings
controlled enuff 2 consider argument as tool
controlled in2 viewing socratic method = free-form
controlled enuff 2 perceive justifications as truth
controlled enuff 2 state ur opinion as fact
controlled enuff 2 offer hidden abuse as humor
controlled enuff 2 consider history = static
controlled enuff 2 subliminally feel urs is the right>only>valid way
controlled enuff 2 assume a sense of beauty is universal
controlled enuff 2 spout point scoring as x.change
controlled enuff 2 declare arrogance = openess

.smudged teats.+.g.lit[eral]ter trees.




reed altemus


whispering to itself toothpicks in the helicopter for the process to come
into the daylight after a clear shirttail postmortem under regular noxious
beads went telling a triptych that PEZ dispensers multiple eyeholes was
what got what lapdog pounds could be found breastplate syrupy holder with
tangerine ghosts gone for now the finch's solemnoscopy slakes erraticly
fundamentally gags impertinent Hollywood menaces poised in July gizzard
faucet knee-jerk consumerism on peaches or tallow drips not into the
following for it Halleluia! undone those Japanese and grassstained  Keds
which are the same tongue-and-groove toothpicks in retrospect  some
sundries and that blue-toothed and bungee-jumping. miserama a cheap
syllable for yesterday's braided bone-dry bluster much like his blind
doorknobs was someone's this contraption pooling sent fussy your shirt
while drinking two minutes when pages territories are.forgetting now when
the tingling garbage hootenany got going indeed the goshhawk sundown shave
skill in its surfeit equating but without the drowsy gets the gist of a
whale the experience has actually figured inspiration  can be a waste of
time headway plastering Jane will hesitate with crabs teasing out the
custard such folderall they say it was the moon two agreeable labyrinths
bothering to chew gum ballast for posing the disparate oxygen those wrens
like a cloud it's so unfamiliar only two colors of thought as a Spanish
door where they may be placing pylons in a regular pattern contaminators
clobber accumulated it unconscienably so much hunch of adverbs and death by
fading over and  over there shouldn't be the pain I've been looking for all
along a hollow skull massaged by knitters bitter will drown in a raincoat a
beach ten-times-faster and running out or was it the same weather dress
with hills and that lone pine tree a few stiff drinks a crevice a gift
could overcome this dead man and his desires to be subtle nothing is spare
or changed if we play with the hands on the clock and still the weary
branches refused to give way and in my pant leg red from the sun drips on
liberty saladmaster pronoun the bell-shaped coracle glass eye cyclone
strategy but also sent out for more on a corner where neighbors wastes
itself a red bench pulsed and whatever else callousness hippies chaulk it
up to passionate living he was pointing at the sky juggling the meat in his
shirt because a panjoyed sutra is so much never ending non- palooka hates
whithereds and under this opaque rind above such yellow slits inched a
pistol applicable to  or of the few available logos it was a parallel the
grease pencil in the miasmic brine are the welders' goggles and the
artificial nipples the tender trinket in your phlegm sure telematics gasped
for red necks others after a clear note on chewed hubris pustule was ripe
lastly until wash sum of  those unwearable tolerance the totally bitten
gunshy saint crushed out a tennis ball on the outer wall a blue bubble in
the minstral gibberish without means natural thoughts and them with null
the vowels

and in transition the gas pedal bores me Sheila diseases that habituate
spilling onto damp chairs after the sun "shards"  thus a pillow digs hits
vile from vague rather how do you do weasels wreck a maverick but last only
a few seconds with operable facts cheeze of operation amour fou hot toe
phone your pleasure in the last advertisement cupboard shadowed the
periferal of matrixing crust taperecordings fetched sure I open a bad steam
valve his tepid bones top-mounted supple tones marked for yardbird genesis
under the trellis were squalid  became a riddle three to ten thousand the
bay and ice on the trees yellowing restlessness melting Johnson's in
February testasterone replaces bald-headed ten his quarter hunting the
waste "finks managed girders on the rug." he said they can be printed with
parrot gimmicks was a gasping stale fountain which could add up to zero but
usually didn't and fatter balljoints within the range they were called
temples blanched looseness saturation pungently kindly trumpets and its
history is the unknown zenophobic the paralysis at the side worn thin
spoiling comes and it reminds me the limp trains believe wishes might be
traced  to a quiet banana such a bullet-proof hyperspatial brassier figure
felt enormous spoon vacuum dream the really hesitant blood  the tossing
placid enough already the original ten quick sequences salaciously
bordering the spine time make guises classified only pubic triangle without
it in those days welcoming jaundice neck klezmer of pica volition sure
cried uncle after everything vague along the shoulder puckered lips
lettershapes as part of speech hallway rat-trap among indicated saddlesore
superlingual and he cherishes the fridge magnets surely resulted in an
ulcerous and slab cracks shelves it was amorphous nothing to call home
about sandwich to conniption fit spill the mixture damp under the porch
lasted until her note was those tons from the quarterly the information is
for that rap grasped the cat a listed follows the rest while mining the
shale for partners when you can testify to the writing when a pair of
skates flickers ten muted passages from branch to leaf into balloons and
pushing some still-smiling hung under the dream symptom spatula of  say the
pulsing in the wind is one of the three specific responses to such a
conical strain projections trinkets that resound by locking abracadabra
slow and overwhelming with spoons suspects southern lingual cap hats to
have a tale in your trousers another sundown finds him in the hay play
journal etymological trickledown among the ladders is foil failing
operations out a more is all it really is and get your thermos in the bag
bales of remember if it is plastering  the outcroppings surely swallow
syllables means of it were stylish with no lapses of cat courtyard
atmosphere mind bullets was a tad pernicious diseased oblong rag sill but
to sleep cheapen of tilted bundles and synchronarchy ask for it in a of
spittle into bed I clamber my brains of non floating about

work in progress  Reed Altemus 01/21/06-08/15/06

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ville-juhani sutinen

debroah wants to you to see her new toy (spam poem)


anomaly america, eurasian buzzard then? understanding wakes movie "the hairy, the prime and the wedge". driver bear, great people anomaly... cleaner? over fundraiser of tornado that if inferiority from turkey ceases deficit from behind, cards the pink lover some blotched, most and fraction beyond mulch... procrastinates; is the train mortician, satiates accurately from ocean non-chalantly, love self-flagellates and satiates; subtle however... nearest cooked can, hairy viper hydrogen takes some frightened heart figures, support meditates, means lodge... accelerator upon chestnut, great remorse, the alaskan team wedding.


are freezing that filter, the magazine; temporal submarine gives around a judge, an engine, then a nuclear... some indicates tack a tape? movie: "another home into grizzly secretly light" - the financial knows wheelbarrow, indicates related brainwashes ocean spirit... a avocado behind to secretly from slyly.


sells an example, a turned spider from tape, but engine defined trembles, money conclusions chop, remember the tornado with pork? grain ball saw over reactor sells; the love, overwhelmingly with senator, case bear parking... cyprus example, mating fractured, sometimes perverse with light example: ball garbage sandwich fighter slips, a bunny mitochondrial because hydrant, bunny when pig corporation... a real grizzly, crispy, ostensibly non-chalantly scooby snooty bulb... the light, most when power from judge bay over senator, wisely remember if snooty spirit it... america knows corporation and real, however most to some wheel to stand floor, wedge, treacherous the? childlike the complex are eagerly overripe; suit canyon, the earns requires roller blotched wheelbarrow, fractured admires some around linguistic, a freezing bulb.


the dressing defendant, industrial college-educated borrows the recliner; mating, twisted... cargo goes the pig incinerated to? with pinochle atom... for diskette living hides, jersey is an asteroid and shares behind roller but remorse, accurately... hockey like tornado parking the wisely warranty, can grits to grizzly hydrogen buzzard, single-handledly order a the rattlesnake polka-dotted eggplant! agent means, driver kind non-chalantly grits bartender... lectures nagging polygon, believe, over light polygon another bay.

cell (google generator poem)

Before I read the cell I described the five tiers of a block. The wire mesh over bars. How a man in lock up might exercise it three or four times with Beth Burnside? Molecular and Cell Biology, Rogow recent project: the faces from UC Press features Aulelei Love, same cell. For women in prison and for Smokey Robinsons Gang Bangin Season 3, Season 4, Season 5: access the article! Cell Talk Brief Article from Prairie Schooner. The winning team works on the first lines, using a phone. Race photo: the runner for the losing team conveys their evolving masterpiece to special days. This month searching for the gold. Intelligence is the linking of brains neurones by connective tissue known as dendrites - I think it would be great if we can use phones as a teaching one to hear a rap. 2 to hear a beat, to hear a Shakespeare etc. Alone in life dark I scratch at my glass walls as someone who admired and returned to books like The Gold Cell and The Dead and the Living. Cell sites must be spaced closely together to provide good coverage, but the minimum separation required between two nearby co channels is me.

was krakow my inhalation (spam poem)


Give judgment without appeal... the consequence of which is, that mankind will soon understand Germans well enough, attend to their sermons, and observe... though I am convinced that Caesar's ghost never appeared to Brutus, yet I observe carefully what displeases or pleases you in others - and be reserve; these are the rudiments of a politician, the world must be yours... may hereafter compare it with other courts which you will see; should be much ashamed to be ignorant of that fact, as related by, as if they had not done, and that the sting were still to come.


This experience can suggest, may probably not be useless to you... how many troops in the regiments of horse and dragoons and how many men in each? ...will more than pay you for your trouble; I do not regret the time that I shaved you, but not condescend to do anything else... I therefore advise his order to be touched: it is true, the church of Rome furnished people, every priest of every religion is either a public or a down to the Savoyard's raree-shows.


TO THE GRACES! The different effects of the same things, said or done, advice is seldom welcome and those who want it the most always like it restrained, by a very little reflection but as it is generally connected these memoirs, most of which are printed in italics pray attend to, and whether it resides in the sovereign, or in consistories and synods... "du coeur!" ...if he had said, instead of "souvent, tresque toujours", I fear knowledge or judgment, yet it has its use in other respects for it some additional qualifications necessary, in the practical part of commonplace, insipid jokes, and insults upon the clergy.


These tricks afterward grow habitual to them... some put their fingers in other hand, many Protestant princes, under the pretense of extirpating acquainted with, will gradually smooth you up to the highest polish.... in marriage for he scrupled no means to obtain his ends all at once? ...I think that I can, eventually, answer that question, then, by the marriage of his son Philip, Archduke of Austria, with Jane, it to a state of health and vigor.


Observe the difference there is on places of public worship, as I would have you go to all the different specimen of what I mean: own dominions or privileges, these views respectively, among the chiefs thus: If you consider my letters in their true light, as conveying to you virtues, than for avoiding their opposite vices; vice, in its true light, are not the common growth of this country... it is in your power to acquire questions, see likewise everything at the fair, from operas and plays, to supplant each other in the favor, of the squire, as any two courtiers singly by good historians, which are worth your reading - the revolutions and a puerile declaimer.

david divizio

bash-2.04# xclip -o | ddvar1

liner    sense   ~     inflect   entrust 
bilab    elated  ~     ilk       lance 
reliab   deliber ~     elector   elixir 
rear     rear    ~     eagle     earache 
door     reads   ~     currant   easily 
pans     silly   ~     annuity   mineral 
urges    yew     ~     grey      ewe 
rebrow   wonder  ~     totem     once
bash-2.04# xclip -o | ddvar1

woman   memory   ~     omit     empower 
brim    mind     ~     rid      inroad 
brim    more     ~     ribbon   organ 
jurors  money    ~     urinate  onshore 
cutlery matters  ~     utmost   atom 
mom     main     ~     omnibus  airmail 
eatery  mettle   ~     athlete  etching 
burdens method   ~     urn      ethos
bash-2.04# xclip -o | ddvar1

outran   monty   ~     uterine   only 
dart     hall    ~     armrest   all 
day      prob    ~     garner    rookie 
ommel    lemma   ~     cheeky    employ 
woof     doors   ~     oops      oops 
ero      one     ~     rookery   nebula 
ant      two     ~     kowtow    woody 
jutridt  thirty  ~     utter     high 
and      three   ~     ultra     regret 

john m. bennett


simmer drip
an corner pile
an user stump an
finger stole an shorter cube
an rooster nod an bomber lake
an dinger log an tooler shame an
heaper snore an billet truss an shorter one
an ripper crash an kneeler boil an shooter ham
an gripper hall an drummer gash an peeler hymn an
cluster gnome an dimmer gore an nibbler rug an blister drag

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Edited Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
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Espoo, Finland, 2007