Your week this week will go off
like a rotten egg. Such is life.
This fragment of a year will crack
and spill all over you, achieve
new heights of boredom and disgust.
Why? Do you ask why the fungus
grows at the tree’s base and grows
rotten? Come on. Just accept it
like you accept that your eyes
will look where you decide
and not just swing around like
billiard balls in a washing machine.
Next week brings with it new challenges
as exactly the same thing happens
for the hundred and eleventh time.
But this one, this is the one, I can feel it.
The stars are spread out in the orrery
like thick yeast extract on toast.
Things are everywhere finding it difficult
to connect. Take Bellatrix
for example. A salty taste on the tongue
just don’t let it touch an open cut.
Inside this emptiness of pain feeling
there is another expanse of tiny stars –
from each new star, we see new constellations
and the red bloom in Orion
is aching to reach them.
Close one eye for a while and things look flat.
There are an endless array of bears in the sky
clouds, atoms, birds, planes, galaxies –
all of these are bears if you look closely.
This week will bring bears.
Well I might as well have given up
the day I was born, for all the good
that living has done me!
My life is as steered as a strike
of lighting, played backwards
in slow motion. What can I do!?
I don’t even need to read the text –
nothing I read can change what it says.
I only had to clear the wombic matter
from my eyes, to know instantly
my friend the small and floating star
who would be my constant presence –
I call her echo and she lights
the way for me once I have gone through.
I tried to escape from her once.
I ended up swallowing her by accident.
I bring forth an infinite canvas
to paint upon it infinite things –
and then search for infinite parallels
running from horizon to horizon.
In a way this oceanic conversing,
is a demonstration not of skill
but of the way my mind was built
in the first place – to speak reveals
– if speaking is allowed to flow –
the knots and tribulations of the tongue
to be bound up with our bodies and language
in a rather simple way.
If I see an evil man
the world will supply me
with evil words with which
to net them in a soft description.
My sister, we were born together
and from that moment things
have only got weirder – see
how my life mirrors yours at every juncture.
I arrive at the café early only to see you
arriving at the café, When I sleep
we dream the same dreams
of identical pairs of eyes – staring
into each other in the sky.
And our paintings which I know you paint
in secret every night – I’ve seen
and mine share the same themes.
Like if you’ve painted a dog
I have painted a still life
of a collar and some dried out fleas.
Please by the stars make it stop
Just how one can we grow?
Does each small gap in the black silk
correspond to a measured breath?
The brighter the light, the smaller the wheeze
and sunrise and sunset mark
each a period of wake and sleep
or vice versa, for some. Do new planets
become new regimes of beings,
dissolute changes in ontology –
or simply slight rearrangements of all things?
Will I grow another mind inside me
if I wake and see a brilliant star birth?
This week you will find the last
piece of the jigsaw is the one
which alters the jigsaw itself –
not of einstein but of tycho brahe
The galaxy itself turns
this exact sequence will be
repeated in its exact span.
I will be born again aeons hence
and we will forget everything.
Begin again – the slow path –
at first we use our hands, no tools
the morning star and the evening star rise
then one day the vizier
will strike upon veins of gold in the sky
and see new comets and torches
by which to lead his slaves on earth.
Queendoms, kingdoms, empires shall pass
and nothing without this –
the true dull stars will be seen and unseen
The galaxy itself turns
This week the magazine whispered
so quietly I could barely hear
like the claws of a magic jay
landing on the grass – softly and waiting
it said to me – wait – like that
and I did. And I still am.
I always do what the text says,
It could tell me to fly
like the magic jay and I would happily
jump from the earth and live amongst the stars,
the scorpions. Such messages are clear,
and another this week, clear, and the rest, clear.
Things are always looking up
day by day – the astral sentences say
perhaps one day they will command me to stop
reading them. Or perhaps not
Once you have learned to see
by starlight – you can make your way
quite simply through the night.
But beware the sun and its days.
The desert of days is expanding
at a rate often barely expected. It pours
this sand through our holes
and we create thoughts around it, like pearls.
Be the nettle crowd peeking through
to the sun-worshippers’ inquisitive hands
and sting – and when they make soup
we poison that whole thing.
Starlight is softer, it strokes us.
The thoughts it makes are sweeter
and easier to grasp. We live
more easily. Just close your eyes and see.
My queens of the night have ruled
a division in my mind between
the real erotic and the fantastic
so that when I kiss you
My body is so ungiven to this
that it shirts off and sinks
a sped up shot of a sunrise
and me, suddenly naked on the beach.
Hold back, they said this week
my son, your time will come.
I could do nothing but breathe
and turn on the car engine
and leave. The more you live by
this division between night and day
the more sway they have –
a monument, slowly built from you.
This book is the greatest I’ve read –
page after page of description
of objects each in minute detail
for hours. This object consists
of waves as the sea does, This
maze consists of lines with one solution
and the veins and muscles and matter
of the bird act in concert as it flies.
This crowd is only real so far
as the people in it instance
greater movements in the sky.
Thus far and no further is it real.
I mean to say that these pages
hold me close and tear me apart
slowly, sentence by sentence, and each
object, is me under another aspect
In the casino, a table of black felt
where cards align at random.
In patterns, enchanting to those watching
in the other room, through a screen –
a bad resolution security camera.
The man with the pair of scales on his shirt
always seems to know just where to play
the cards to complete some shape.
The one with gills delays playing
they have flat eyes and make noises
similar to drowning whales on the shore.
They delay until with a gloop, they play.
In betting shops they watch the feed
and place bets on the cards’ patterns.
no one understands the rules of the game
no one understands the rules of the game
There’s no such thing as bad luck.
Things happen precisely for this reason.
It is not a mystery.
I need this to be true.
Life is one long test and I must pass.
I cannot waste time believing
anything less than the fullest –
meaning piles up everywhere in small piles.
And since we are ourselves made of stars
our movements predict our movements
from day to day, watch each other
and see the premonitions cloud like cold breath –
but then again everything is made of stars
so the movements of everything
predict the movements of everything else.
This is way too much and I must pass.
The darkness of the sky is
the blackness of my skin
The light in my eyes divided
and scattered seeds the stars
the redness of mars is my cut
lip when I bite it too eager
to eat – this strange gyration
around the north star is my vinyl
and the twinkle, the crackle of dust.
The eternal love between the stars
is the love of each of my organs
to the other in dark concert.
I am in a position,
my hands above my head, supporting
as I gaze out of the universe
and my turned back is the spread of the sky
There is less and less to see
each day on the street – automata
blinking and scanning their hands
which glow with a connective tissue.
I want to rise above this
and yet still remain a strong part of it.
I will tell people that, when they talk
they should talk with a particular lilt
in order to attain this star nirvana
where every relationship has its outcome
just comparing tattoos will do it.
Like orbits and movements can be foretold
millennia in advance – and the slight
and slowly bewitching chaos is caught
and helped back to perfection –
just so, I will open my mouth and know
When my eyes encounter no less
then the universe’s bliss
then I will be happy to live
a life unguided, embrace the full and neon
void we call popular living
and even now as I engage
with an ironic moan – I see
more than I have ever seen
I have been liberated by this
galactic causation, to make
bigger jumps of reasoning
to see the human in every dust storm
and soon, yes soon, but not messianic
the stars will align and bring
a peace where signs will be no use.
Until then, I will hold the guide within