My Factless Autobiography

By Alli Warren Alli Warren
I arise around survival of the event
as worse than the event
The whole place surrounds the smell
I take one step toward and ten paces back
breathless with the mirrors
with the fees and meters
Feces I fax my demon family
weeping on the bridge again

My condition was induced as follows
Releasing actual sales numbers, trying to mount
the policeman or his horse
tonguing captains manually
strong simultaneous tendencies to approach
and avoid appearance and avoidance

Men come to my cherry doors to carry on
about finance and cricket
coaxing a cavernous oath
wrestling natives into nestling

My part is basically to hatch
with regard for human dignity and life
In my best foreign automobile
stunting the stupor fronting us

In order to love my country better
I offer monthly meter readings
I am filled with rhythm, passion and speed
protruding in public
popping my collar into a wreck

My father sits me down
Son, he says, don't let them enter
your mouth I wrote a narrative
about our collective pain
and went shopping

Alli Warren, "My Factless Biography" from Here Come the Warm Jets, City Lights Spotlight No. 10. Copyright © 2013 by Alli Warren.  Reprinted by permission of City Lights Books.

Source: Here Come the Warm Jets (City Lights Books, 2013)

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Poet Alli Warren

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Subjects Relationships, Family & Ancestors

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Alli Warren was born in Los Angeles. In her poems, Warren explores themes of social, economic, and personal desire. Describing Warren’s debut collection Here Come the Warm Jets as “self-reflective, interestingly interrogative, and a lot of fun,” in a 2013 Booklist review, Mark Eleveld noted that the book “places the reader at the center of time and presents big questions without ever being declarative. Warren is ever . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Family & Ancestors

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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