We’ve Earned Ourselves Extinction

Making time out of casserole evenings something reverberates in the sloped city where a room is nothing our tongues can’t falsely inhabit. A poem lies flat on the bare floor of the room in a way we find “organic” & what it is we claim & what it is we claim isn’t ours find meaning in this room.

As the first people to exist in the chasm of the room’s extinct ideas, we envy & worship the one & only window in the room. We pretend it isn’t there—wolves exposed to the wolves. We are watching the pigeons crapping on everything. But the poem—what does it say that the wolves can’t eviscerate?

The camera cuts to us cutting a pie. Our eyes tell us the poem’s little stories. & the room becomes dark, abandoned like a thought or a toothbrush. & the sun rises & the wolves go to sleep having been raucous all night in the kitchen. But there’s nothing so indecent in us, in our poems, that the room can’t edit them out.

Each wolf of an instance is randomly shot in the room. The room enters itself, a patch over its eye. Nothing good ever happens in the room until Tuesday—red & yellow peppers day. The canvas bag falls open & out they spill—the two faces of the sun in the room. & when it’s Xmas in the room the things we love are killing us in four/four time.

The room is a man obsessed with thoughts of ice on a sidewalk. & people walking by imagine a room vivid with impossible things, things they’d otherwise almost surely forget. & the wolves throwing sand on the ice in their thoughts. & the streets just outside the room going numb in our brains. Mark my words, says the room. This room is only an alternative!

Raymond Farr is author of ECSTATIC/.of facts (Otoliths, 2011), & Writing What For? across the Mourning Sky (Blue & Yellow Dog, 2012). His poems appear in and/or, West Wind Review, Otoliths, Upstairs at Duroc, Cricket Online Review, & Eratio. He has a chapbook, Eating the Word NOISE!, which is slated for February 2015 publication by White Knuckle Press & another full-length collection of poems Poetry in the Age of Zero Grav due out from Blue & Yellow Dog Press in mid-2015. He is editor of Blue & Yellow Dog.

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