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Julian Talamantez Brolaski is the author of Advice for Lovers (City Lights Publishers, 2012) and gowanus atropolis (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011), and coeditor of NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life & Work of kari edwards (Litmus Press, 2009). Julian is a poet and musician who lives in Queens, New York.

against breeding

                                               FOR CACONRAD

 

garbage-gut humans should not continue ourselves

it can only come a frightful cropper

hairbulbs what I mistook to be      a form in nature

albatross w/ plastics crowding thir gut

what julie patton is callin superfraja-lilly-of-the-valley

veronica heterophilia    snapdragon nature preserve

pulp them                       shropshire constabulary

quing of haven                              sailing for caracas        sissy jesus-hag

point to the exact place where the fly shd go   in the ballo underpants

just where the shapes                              come to a point   triangularly

15 thousand fish dead at the mouth of tha mississipp

planes go sipsip               saying to the poor people

walk fa-ast!                     walk like yr on hot co-als!

matisse had to get up real close                       to see that was a burd

turned that viol de gamba right fwds               & added a noose

even more clîché than             peaches inna bowl

curvy long pear stem and                 butterdish suspended

in air                      perhaps the stem is penetrating a clear butter dish

conrad suggested                  & I knew I was being drawn

into a funhouse of mirrors but I cdnt stop

odilon   redon               roger & angelica

why I am against breeding

From Of Mongrelitude. Copyright © 2017 by Julian Talamentez Brolaski. Used with permission of the author and Wave Books.

From Of Mongrelitude. Copyright © 2017 by Julian Talamentez Brolaski. Used with permission of the author and Wave Books.

Julian Talamantez Brolaski

Julian Talamantez Brolaski

Julian Talamantez Brolaski is the author of Advice for Lovers (City Lights Publishers, 2012) and gowanus atropolis (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011), and coeditor of NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life & Work of kari edwards (Litmus Press, 2009). 

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Cosi mi trovo in amorosa erranza.
(Thus I find myself an errancer in love.)
—Dante

All my dark hardiments begin, so furious and so fell. All disarrayed in love I began to speak of Mariners. And when I saw the grove divided into double parts, which ways I took,

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who by the time it arrived
had made its plan heretofore
stonewall   it had not a penny
thats not true it had several pennies

can you make a sovereign nation a national park how condescending
instead just tell them to honor the treaty

what can poetry do

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clock reads 7 at all hours
juncos make selves known in the snow
this time dawdling
I write in horse, but I see in athabascan
when it’s time for elevensies, the clock reads 7
what telling fortune therewith
time is a thing that gets spent, like youth, $ and desire
n/t so lovely as a