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Monday, April 20, 2015

Five Deaths (Blackout Poetry)

This is an experiment in blackout poetry - using a sharpie marker to obscure words on pages torn from a book.

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Five Deaths – Black Out Poetry

I
Water, water,
or outer space-
Does any evidence exist

of the improbable,
fantastic
sky?

A small passage through
space

Water, water-
ice, and frost,
and rain.

II
A thousand years
quickly,
hundreds of millions
eyes, tongues, mouths,

and death.

III
The universe is
a house, a sword,
a human body,
a castle-

organized,
impossible
nonsense.

The universe
is a clock,
200,000 nuclear explosions every second.

IV
The mysterious:
fire.
The priest:
water.

Forever
a stranger.

V
Different blood
all the days of
blood and healing;

Beginning
human
infection, contamination
flushed through the drains.

Toxic poisons
deadly odors
typhoid, dysentery, cholera,
people.





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