5 poems by Louis Armand

A-Whiles Before And A Little After The Wiggle-Wiggle-Wiggle Song On The Radio by Adam Strauss
April 14, 2018
ANNE GORRICK SHE WENT INTO THE SLIPPERY WOODS TO FIND ICELAND ​|| F2O19
April 16, 2018

Disclaimer

 

This poem is entirely a work of fiction.
The language, both literal & figurative, portrayed in it
is the work of the author’s imagination.
Any resemblance to actual language,
living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

 

 

Politique Cubiste

 

ATTEMPTS
TO STAGE
A CON
SENSUS
RE      PRE      SENT      ING
A                     S

L                      I

L                      D

E

S

 

 

Beckmannesque

 

Purple falls unripe from haunches
blacked against a redoubt.
A sea without chairs,
magic diagrams
counterclockwise.
Each additional stroke, gouging new injuries
from old injuries,
                                    foretells the
                        distressed eye
                               of the netted
fish.

 

 

A Valentine

In two days two chickens laid two eggs,
forty Flying Fortresses
seventy miles from Dresden,
as upon one foggy winter night in 1972
a stewardess from 30,000 ft
over a pine forest in Bohemia.
This was later revealed to her in a dream.

 

 

Undocumented

(reading Sean Bonney’s Document)

 

Eye is non-refundable index of mind condition
contra membrane breach to inactual state
corrective. Terminate, as in: she sides with the enemy, always, your
|sentimental Schadenfreude. Few afford her authenticated
aura, or turn drano stigmata for a cooked
fix. Remember everything, the collective organ-donored
paralysis, but even their bones swallow the light.
An excessive vagueness of sky, a ridged scar
bisecting the low forehead, promises nothing but a secret occasion
to remain.

 

Louis Armand is the author of eight novels, including The Combinations (2016), Cairo (2014), and Breakfast at Midnight (2012). In addition, he has published ten collections of poetry – most recently, East Broadway Rundown (2015) & The Rube Goldberg Variations (2015) – & is the author of Videology (2015) & The Organ-Grinder’s Monkey: Culture after the Avantgarde (2013). He lives in Prague where he directs the Centre for Critical & Cultural Theory.
 
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