By Michael Collier
An person History describes the fears, anger, and guilt—personal, familial, societal, political, and historical—that contain a lifestyles. The determine of the speaker’s maternal grandmother who used to be institutionalized for 5 a long time serves as an overriding metaphor for this haunting, daring new paintings via an important American poet.
from “An person History”
This used to be ahead of the time of lithium and Zoloft
before temper stabilizers and anxiolytics
and just about all the psychotropic medicines, yet no longer before
which the suicide O’Laughlin known as “handcuffs for the
It used to be prior to, in the course of, and after the time of atomic
Auschwitz, the Nakba, DDT, and also you may well take water
find solace in quarantines, perform shunnings,
or stand at Lourdes one of the canes and crutches.
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Levitating. To obey the title like an amateur. Disclaimer. But a mistress in search of her next lover. 51 THREE MOVES, CLOCKWISE Kertész’s fork resembles a fork when the plate that resembles a plate is oval and empty. No table, no food. Everything lies in the mise en scène, the readymade notion that looks transcend substance— a crotchet and a conviction. Rotate the image ninety degrees to the right. The fork— flayed in midsentence, into two shadows. Modeled on its reflection, it tilts from invention.
Perspective, a musical task. A second way to the absence and the real. Next to a window, decided on balance, the color mutated into grand failure. Out of proportion, birthright at four angles. That’s the rule about standstill. Why—I heard the fruit, its soft organs. Coda or sequel, the potential din. Tilting, slurring. Levitating. To obey the title like an amateur. Disclaimer. But a mistress in search of her next lover. 51 THREE MOVES, CLOCKWISE Kertész’s fork resembles a fork when the plate that resembles a plate is oval and empty.
Heading for a rural village north of Kagawa. 55 PEINTRE Where the bamboo clacked in broad light, you thought the image out of sight. Metronome ticked, wondering about time. Fingers slow, you closed both eyes to train a cathedral of silence without lies. Something fluttered, you couldn’t see why. Too bare, too alike. Was it a stupa of colors, down to the thread? A bell rang twice, you realized it was there, slanting by your side, the voice of summer rain, the last Manchurian sky.
An Individual History: Poems by Michael Collier