three syllables plus three syllables
the first luscious suffix rounder than “us”
[but not us, not glorious]
the sharp soft percussive of second prefix
rap, between slap and tap
[but not that music, that sound]
and the last two syllables singing again
lilting and lifting
do re me
the sound of the title resonating neurons
with the wrong
Ice forms on the inside window; furnace exhaust fleeces frost under soffits, warms the branches for sparrows and chickadees whose metabolisms have adapted to survive the frigid cold. Santa Cruz would be nice this time of year, when joints cease up like river ice, knotted and creaking. Don’t worry, don’t worry the 3-D domino molecular cascade is perfectly safe the rheumatologist says. The only thing to stop the bones from crumbling to dusty meal to spread between the rows of beans and peas in summer to stop the rabbits from nibbling their juicy buds. Take your medicine, injectable monoclonal antibodies¹ harvested from goats and rabbits confined in dank pens and secret barns somewhere in Santa Cruz. It will make you strong and juicy, unlike the goats or rabbits. Tumours and bones protruding, metal feeders, dirty bandages. Definitely no golden fleece here Jason.
1. Prolia, or Denosumab, is a monoclonal antibody aggressively marketed to post-menopausal women as the panacea for osteoporosis. Build your bones back without work or effort. Save time and money by not going to
the gym. The first FDA-approved RANKL inhibitor. At $470 a pop, or injection, twice a year, indefinitely. The National Women’s Health Network says, “Denosumab’s cellular target in bone also exists in the immune system and serious infections requiring hospitalization (eg. heart infections), skin reactions, atypical fractures (of thigh bone). Concerns exist that its immune system effects could include, ovarian and cervical cancer, pancreatic cancer and breast cancer recurrences.” NIH Medline Plus list the following side effects: red, dry, or itchy skin; oozing or crusty blisters on skin; peeling skin; back pain; pain in arms; muscle or joint pain; nausea; diarrhea; headache; runny nose; sore throat; muscle stiffness, twitching, cramps, or spasms; numbness or tingling in fingers, toes, or around mouth; hives; rash; itching; difficulty breathing or swallowing; swelling of the face, throat, tongue, or lips; dizziness; fainting; blurred vision; fever or chills; tiredness; redness, tenderness, swelling or warmth of area of skin; ear drainage or severe pain; frequent or urgent need to urinate; burning feeling during urination; pain, numbness, swelling, or drainage from mouth, teeth, or jaw; slow healing of the mouth or jaw; severe abdominal pain; ongoing pain that begins in the stomach area, but may spread to the back; fast heart rate.
Thinking about Leonora Carrington’s work… and this strange relatively recent poem
Wild Boy Digs a Hole
wild boy digs a hole, lives in it. vole-eyed and fierce
[radiation titillates the margin of burn area that gnaws her breasts.]
he digs his way into the world. shacks of cardboard, old railway ties. they leave him
[memory of her mammaries weeping.]
when he grows up he becomes a grave digger. lives in between
the cemetery and the railway tracks. the shack is clean and sparse. his wild beautiful wife
sings bird songs.
let me tell you what a howling limping fractured roil of a year it’s been, what with that and this
and him. not to mention tension fissured chasm split rifts dinning spin and all the boiling over
blowing up pelting down. ahhh. take a breath. breathe from the bottom, the well of what’s left
aching to emerge again sunny and light. put it out there steamily in the cold new dawn.
Thanks to John Cunningham and CKUW for yesterday’s interview & reading. the link to the MP3 here..
One of the Animalis poems from Unus Mundus published today in qattsiluni with audio.
Thanks to Michael Dennis for this review of Unus Mundus.
from Unus Mundus, previously published in Truck.
Nothing like getting your new book in the mail. Anvil did a fabulous job on the cover, typography, design. And I love the ochre yellow inside covers!
A sneak preview of a poem as well!
From “Space-Time Dialogues,” in Unus Mundus
The reading, unfolding, launching of “Transforium” by Tammy Lu and Mari-Lou Rowley (JackPine Press 2012). Thanks to Lia Pas for helping us decipher the poem-map!