murder on the gowanus

By Julian Talamantez Brolaski
swell me a bowl
with lusty oil
brightest under bis
geynest under gore
ecce who com
inna perisan vestment
                   un monodatal voll
                   marines cd not hoist thee
whose eyes go seaward   noreaster reeling
thrashing at the mouth of the gowanus
mischance upbrimmd
sludgie helas, aloft
sometimes honeysuckle can smell like MURTHER
              yr shining form to oil hath returned
              yr helmet now shall make a hive for bees
it was no dream   I lay broad waking
oil blossomed green, incarnadine
s/thing keeps
on testing me for tb
is politer not to talk about
beastly p.o.v.
like a succubus vomiting ivy
lordly subtler
you can bet it smelled like murther
creped and crinolinnd along the noggin
w/ a victorian western pin
till I may see a plumper sludgie swim
everlike rotund
buddha—smack aghast
everlike leo and thir friends
marching in lockstep
to the sunlit uplands.

Julian T. Brolaski, "murder of the gowanus" from gowanus atropolis. Copyright © 2011 by Julian T. Brolaski.  Reprinted by permission of Ugly Duckling Presse.

Source: gowanus atropolis (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011)

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Poet Julian Talamantez Brolaski

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets, Social Commentaries, Cities & Urban Life

Poetic Terms Allusion


Poet Julian T. Brolaski is the author of the collections gowanus atropolis (2010) and Advice for Lovers (2011). Xir chapbooks include Hellish Death Monsters (2001), The Daily Usonian (2004), Madame Bovary’s Diary (2005), and Buck in a Corridor (2008). Brolaski’s work often explores transgender and gender-variant experiences through linguistics experimentation, including the use of gender-neutral pronouns, etymology, and . . .

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets, Social Commentaries, Cities & Urban Life

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Allusion

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