Daily Archives: January 21, 2018

What Is Prim-i-tive [/’primǝdiv/]? by Clara B. Jones

the curly mind linguistically innovative poetry - weird & risky



Prim-i-tive [/’primǝdiv/]?


Roger ReevesPLASTIC ARTC.M. BurroughsLele Saveri!Kung
BaudrillardZora Neal HurstonANTI-AESTHETICWariKahlil Joseph
LGBTQIReginald Dwayne BettsHarryette MullenFrederick O. Waage*Masai
Francine J. HarrisKongoWangechi MutuTerrance HayesPOETRY
NeanderthalGENDERSara CwynarCuñaMorgan Parker
HegelPicassoGottfried BennKleeYanomami
Rosalind KraussBribriBAUHAUSMira DancyPOSTMODERN
Phillip WilliamsKaren KilimnikForeCLASSJamal May
Sol LeWittGauguinRACEYaguaDarja Bajacic
Craig OwensLévi-StraussSelk’namNikki GiovanniHarry Burke


*Waage FO (1967) Prehistoric Art. W.C. Brown Co. Pub., Dubuque, Iowa.


Clara B. Jones practices poetry in Silver Spring, MD (USA). As a woman of color, she writes about identity, culture, & society and conducts research on experimental poetry, as well as, radical publishing. She is author of three chapbooks and one volume, and her poetry, reviews, essays, and interviews have appeared…

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4 poems inspired by Ric Carfagna by Rus Khomutoff

the curly mind linguistically innovative poetry - weird & risky


Vintage ghosts of
joy and sadness
a saccharine statement
the highest expression of the autopoetic force
the incarnation and withdrawal of a God
declaration of hither swarms
accretion of the torrential becoming
instances emancipated from
all anxieties and frustrations
in the anagogic phase
made dizzy by the hybris
a regular pulsating
metre of recurrence


This is not a method

O blacklist of preeminence
louder than life itself
countdown sequence
of aired mysterious booms
natural coction
the shadow of a shadow of an
obtainable new order
to bathe in the splendor
of lathe and labyrinth
as momentum grows
that bold and legitimate certainty
of endlessly repeating variations
and recollections that
erect their desire to exist
like a new sensation
articulating lifelong repeal


In this mode and vague notion
of a stay in your placeism
event horizon
a derangement of senses
dragging the echo
from the culvert
from the…

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Russia on the roulette table by Mark Young

I am not a silent poet

Spare us the conspicuous parasol. It is too late to turn them around. What’s wrong with a provincial party boss who has cultivated a following by denouncing “entrenched interests” & promoting individual happiness over party perquisites? Elsewhere, the Tea Party zealots, those radical evangelicals, homophobes, & misogynists, were welcomed to the School by students pounding Japanese ceremonial drums. Our stringent export licensing laws make us feel like freaks, like colorless technocrats & conservatives, some sort of alien menace, but they do not breach the “professional and apolitical ethos” of the nation’s partisan schism, the divided government. Secretly, Trump would like to see Putin in the White House, as if, perhaps, they might really become emperor & empress.

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