Poetry

ode to auer deference

by MICHAEL CHANG

ode to auer deference

by MICHAEL CHANG

ode to​​ auer deference*

 

*In administrative law,​​ Auer​​ deference is​​ a principle of judicial review that requires​​ federal courts​​ to yield to an agency’s interpretation of its own​​ ambiguous regulation.

 

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Remix baby

Put it on loop

(1) Copy rhythm

(2) Look at lyrics

(3) Insert theme into lyrics

(4) Has to match song

 

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Which Castro?

Actually

Which Jonas Brother?

Date/Marry/Kill

I think Ashley Tisdale (?)

Said

Among Zac Efron and the Sprouse Twins

She would kill Zac and do something with the Twins

I have a sneaking suspicion

I love you

Or that Zac Efron can’t get over me

I love you

I hate salad

Unless it’s potato salad

Or egg salad

Country estate somewhere in Virginia

Stables

Motion detectors

Locked out of heaven

Don’t try so fucking hard!

Sitting here thinking about my new shearling coat

It’s dark blue

Or midnight

Or navy

Midnight blue is my mom’s favorite color

My coat is made of the softest shearling

Made in Italy

Its brand is Thom Browne

It cost a fortune

(Of course)

That’s part of the appeal

(Duh)

I think of all the places I can take my beautiful shearling coat

I know you’re jealous

The British Museum

Tate Modern

Trafalgar Square

I think my shearling coat will get me the requisite attention

The finance bros are gawking

They know what’s up

REAL recognize REAL

And now all I need

Is for them to worship me even more

For my keen powers of observation

And my strategic mind

And my generosity of spirit

And my discerning taste

And my phenomenal palate

I know all the things you love about me

And

I won’t forget!

 

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Fucked up   Love

White    Love

Crystal    Love

Dope    Love

Soft    Love

Fuck    Love

Cloud    Love

Sea    Love

Tree    Love

Bird    Love

Alligator   Love

Mao    Love

Fidel    Love

Nixon    Love

Whole    Love

Motherfucking   Love

 

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The defense calls Meredith Monk to the stand

Ms. Monk please place your left hand on the Bible

Raise your right hand

Do you swear to tell the truth

Nothing but the truth

So help you God

I do

Thank you Ms. Monk you may be seated

Ms. Monk

Javier testified that until Old Town Road overtook it, the macarena was the most played song in human history. ​​ What say you?

Well, there are billions of people in the world with terrible taste. ​​ Unlike the fine people in my Monk Pack, MIND READERS from across the world, the masses of people have foul taste. ​​ It is appalling to be a MIND READER trapped in this clear famine of beauty. ​​ It is desolate. ​​ When I and the Monk Pack MIND READERS go to places​​ like Penn Station or Grand Central, we’re screaming inside. ​​ I once read an article by Van Jones . . .

Ms. Monk let me stop you right there. ​​ Please answer the question as it was posed to you. ​​ Do you have a problem with that?

My problem is YOU!

How can YOU sit in judgment of me, MacArthur Genius Grant awardee Meredith Monk?

We’re not sitting in judgment of you, Ms. Monk

You are our side’s expert witness

Goddamnit let me have my music​​ and

Bring out the dancing lobsters

 

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About the Author

MICHAEL CHANG (they/them) poets to feel alive. Their writing has been published or is forthcoming in The Minnesota Review, Yellow Medicine Review, Heavy Feather Review, Thin Air, ellipsis... literature & art, Q/A Poetry, Yes Poetry, Typo Mag, Wrath-Bearing Tree, Bending Genres, The Hunger, Cabildo Quarterly, Willawaw Journal, Neon Garden, The Conglomerate, Queen Mob's Tea House, London Grip, Rogue Agent, Kissing Dynamite, BULL Fiction, Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine, Collective Unrest, Pink Plastic House, Little Rose, Milk + Beans, and elsewhere. They are the proud recipient of a Brooklyn Poets fellowship.

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#thesideshow| February 2020| Micro-poetry