More Strategies for Trapping the Dead

A perilous poetics balanced in a doorway
               feet up          its shadow
               thus an ad hoc tarot poetics
An acquisitive poetics in a range
               of verdant tones implying undulating snakes
A mouthy poetics
A poetics of idols on an altar
A poetics of winnowing demented candidates
A poetics of quarters of sedatives
               and halves
Another poetics of a different doorway
                  past which the clientele is filing
A poetics of oh no          what are these          symbols
               or chickens hastily butchered
A celebrity poetics and a poetics
               of plain old longing
A vulture poetics
First one then of all of these hunkered in a series of rooms
               thus a poetics of variable thresholds again
An oxymoronic poetics
A discursive poetics
A flaccid poetics
A peachy poetics
And one of pronouncing it like "politics" and noting
               any change this makes to the room
               as in
               an insufferably gorgeous pĆ³etics
A utilitarian poetics of everything
               online          last          year
A poetics of uncles
               and a Johnny-come-latently or two
Ever and always               one of upgrades
A predatory poetics
The poetics of a monochrome palate
               but within it
               jostling shades
The poetics of the Theremin
               which like language you play
               without touching it
The Anxiety of Coincidence
Mark Bibbins
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The Anxiety of Coincidence

Mark Bibbins

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