2016-12-04

bad capitalist

Trump barters tax-breaks
to keep factory jobs here
race to the bottom

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2016-12-01

something new

Trump brings something new
to the inbred hierarchy
low peasant cunning

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2016-11-20

small pond

Fuckface von Dumbstick
Dunning-Kruger's poster-child
thinks he's a genius

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Squirrel!

angry old White men
way scarier than young Blacks
in Trump's cabinet

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2016-11-18

transitions

monochrome art-form
after Autumn's color spree
frost gilds each grass blade

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2016-11-09

echoes

White America
commemorates Kristallacht
by electing Trump

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2016-11-04

class warfare II

corporate landlords
ransom back San Francisco
one month at a time

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class warfare

a housing crisis
as tech swallows the city
shifting homelessness

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2016-10-24

keeping it stark

if you can't say it 
in seventeen syllables
maybe it's too long

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2016-10-19

Dadaist VII

God's word, carved in stone
a beautiful calf of gold
and the thing itself

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Dadaist VI

la plage et la ciel
et l'oiseau d'amour en vol
trahison des images

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Dadaist V

so ridiculous
a haiku of an image
that is not a pipe

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Falsification

a life devoted
to proving the artifice
of your chosen craft

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dadaist IV

Plato's darkened cave
bound in a hall of mirrors
infinite unreal

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Dadaist III

the surrealists
rejeted image for word
shunning Magritte's pipe

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Dadaist II

the surrealists
rejected image for word
as if that would help

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Dadaist

god's word, carv'd in stone
a beautiful calf of gold
neither are the pipe

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Dadaist VII

God's word, carved in stone
a beautiful calf of gold
and the thing itself

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2016-10-16

post-Dada

while Magritte fretted
that image is artifice
Disney embraced it

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hevel hevelim

in a foreign land
image tells the whole story
words without meaning

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Magritte

in a foreign land
image tells the whole story
words without referent

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go with it

while Magritte fretted
that image obscures the truth
Disney embraced it

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formal precedent

August precedent
iambic heptameter
Chapman's Iliad

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solipsist

mind contemplates mind
finds that it can't trust language
sings in defiance

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Sisyphian

mind contemplates mind
and reports compulsively
that words are hopeless

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Dadaism II

Magritte's images
show futility of words
spark conversation

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Dada

peinture de Magritte
ce n'est pas le pipe lui même
et je'n suis pas "moi"

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2016-10-14

modulation

quiet and restrained
clapping at a funeral
for a touching speech

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it's all personal

lacking self-respect
they demand you give them yours
petty dictators

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restorative II

a tiny TV
blaring on a distant shore
meaningless static

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fury

sulking Chris Christie
furious at being spurned
poor downtrodden whore

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restorative

a lone TV blares
reality show blather
on a distant shore

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priorities

bobbing on fair seas
the tempest of politics
fades in importance

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tinted lenses

a Nazi's rampage
isn't called "terrorism"
if the perp is White

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de gustibus

"Indian Buffet"
in most of America
"lamb" tastes like turkey

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media filters

California's quakes
don't rank with Indonesia's
nor its volcanoes

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hard currency

Freud's "sublimation"
converts everything to sex
dream economy

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2016-10-13

Saline

icy stars glitter
outside the spring, all is cold
the manatee squeals

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2016-09-29

slot canyon

water-hewn beauty
carved through the millennia
of life's detritus

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self-regard

beautiful species
between apes and the angels
fractal at our core

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recursive

beautiful fractals
liminal, the boundary
between land and sea

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desocialized

allez au musée
d'arte grande, ancienne, et fameaux
et virez vos fons

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what's implied

new distant planet?
or self-organization?
so claims Ann-Marie

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choices

drive around the lake
when fresh powder's at your door
irrational math

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freaky control

jardins Luxembourg
so very Cartesian
rectangular trees

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2016-09-28

mr popularity

"please take a number"
bin Salman wants al-Assad's
head on a pike-staff

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2016-09-26

bias

somehow, a rampage
isn't called "terrorism"
if the perp is White

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2016-09-21

meddling

coup in Ankara
what's the CIA's role here?
ask in thirty years

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caveat emptor

pining for Bernie
as Debbie Wasserman Schultz
sells us damaged good

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2016-08-31

timing is everything

ok, let's do it
perfect time to build that wall!
Trump's in Mexico

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2016-08-01

Philly

masses of police
helicopters overhead
big Bernie rally

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social contract

Oliver Wendell
Holmes bought civilization
with his tax dollars

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2016-07-24

Change

'she'll say anything"
Obama knows Hillary
but she'll "change nothing"

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2016-06-27

tar baby

state-sponsored doping
rampant in East Germany
now taints the Russians

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fifteen minutes

general Schwarzkopf
achieve immortality
temporarily

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2016-06-06

canyons

prosthetic gravel
lends water authority
to sculpt continents

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natural athletes
struggle to communicate
what came easily

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2016-05-23

patent fraud

Keith Alexander
claims sole patent-authorship
who dares show he lies?

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2016-04-29

pastel

HI-pressure sunset
air-brushes the day's ending
full fade into black

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2016-04-21

get what you pay for

Scott ran Microsoft
Ernest Shackleton, Apple
Amundsen, Linux

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the answer's in the details

between land and sea
who can measure the bound'ry
fractal regression

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2016-04-19

controlled

when fear is master
it erects razor-wire fence
around hearts and souls

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clash of civilizations

Cheney smirks darkly
global vision realized
as Paris explodes

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2016-04-15

better to say nothing

is the child stupid?
or merely tall for his age?
calibration fail

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2016-03-09

liar

"I'm a good Christian!"
if you believe Donald Trump...
wanna buy a bridge?

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2016-03-02

sea-change

Party of Lincoln
nominating a fascist
absurdist theater

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2016-02-20

proto-Buber

kavod as arc-lamp
God speaks from the space between
beyn shnei Keruvim 

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