SIX POEMS by JOSEPH M. GERACE

The Two Orchard Thieves

 

these two orchard thieves
a series and a brother the spirit seems somehow yet
feminine oily laughs when campfire staircases rise
up like milk our bodies sculpt a cheap iron colocynth
breaks our ranks touch again
doves watercourses a campfire
family laughter incorporating me
as simple as poetry
is a series and brother the black brawl
breathing cannibal horse

 

 

 

Schicchi, Capocchio and Torpedo Girl

 

in one show
the graphic novel enters
formation with
the circle one cerchio yoshio sawai-published language

____by
illustrations
_self-referent
_it is in it is it is it in is it

this botches innocence
innocent humor uses
___puns the virgil
___end up ended up one

allies rebels record players
fan formal teen girls beautiful
in the original japanese
anime fiume flegetonte

 

 

 

Dread Reward

 

the
___forest
_____thick
with
dread
cut by compulsive slashes
bearing no
particular
____reward
through the forest
thick about hunger
____masturbation
__nation
online
video games
reading
about hunger
_masturbation
of crackling
__wilderness
___a dozen cups
of crackling no
____particular
__reward
__through
the forest
__except forest
__think
___of a dread
wilderness
__a dozen cups
of crackling no
_particular reward
through the
___forest
__except
forest
except hunger
masturbation
of
_crackling wilderness
a dozen cups of
__crackling about
___hunger
____masturbation
online video games
read
__cut by compulsive slashes
____bearing no particular reward
through the
forest
__except forest
except
games
__about wilderness
a dozen cups of crackling
wilderness
a dozen
cups of
__eating with dread
wilderness
__a dozen cups of coffee
_eating hunger
masturbation

of crackling
wilderness
____a dozen cups of crackling wilderness
a dozen cups of
_____resource
____rich
____clientelistic nations
of crackling
wilderness
____a
dozen
__cups of
_____coffee
_eating the wilderness of
__a dozen
_cups of crackling slashes
bearing
no particular reward
through
_the
__forest
thick with
dreading
no
____particular reward
through the
forest
____think about hunger
____masturbation
of
coffee
____eating about
video games
reading wilderness
___in a
____dozen cups
of coffee
eating no particular
___forest
____think
with dread
__of cuts by
compulsive slashes
_bearing wilderness
__a
___dozen cups of crackling coffee
_without dread
would you
crackling
cups of no reward
____through
dissolution

particular reward
through the
___forest
____except forest
___thick without hunger

 

 

 

Abbas Akhavan

 

around politics
_art finds
(politeness &
_broken up like meringues
_receives convalescence

_— here’s our alma matermill
_— the center that finds the new center
for
a curtain & documents proving exploitation
in fabrication a/o the study of reading habits


&
foundry
_— montreal 2017
_— hackensack 2017
_— so many things are stacked
museums


& perspectives
stuck & solo exhibitions including nature
& how we remember september
_(not even paris immune

 

 

 

Lemniscate of Booth, at Speed

 

It is. Are you?

english pulling
verb from latin
grow property et cetera to fall
to someone as pain
from defective forms
or as a result

Where do you want to go today?

an alternative verb
from the late 1570s
unless much growth
modern french noun from
advertising to be now-obsolete
grow by increments
of property of et cetera
until much many ofs

Why wait?

as it happens
in excrement
property possession et cetera
from the english verb accrue
by increments
of property pissant et cetera from
giants an old
french noun because there grows
property et cetera
from latin
accrescere accrescent accroître acreue
by unwitting we gain we fall into shape
into cord’s web

What would you do for a Klondike bar?

 

 

 

Protest Chord for Taylor Swift

 

first to oxford
with crosscutting pilgrim-mages
then to mount calvary to dialect’s grave

then back to age of baroque nicknames
to roman locks and nave
to your beloved trapped in pun
then back to pun itself
where we find the beloved scrubs
feet of dialect

 

 

 

Joseph M. Gerace is a multidisciplinary artist and professional journalist. His work has appeared in toypoems, Poets Reading the News and elsewhere. His writing explores the intersection of folk art, technology and the outer limits of communication. He lives in New Jersey.