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Julian Talamantez Brolaski

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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). He lives in San Francisco.

by this poet

                                for memorial at Zinc Bar, 23 June 2007, NYC

		I am your sugarplum fairy commodore in chief.
			—kari edwards

		conturbabimus illa.
                                (Vivamus, mea Lesbia, atque amemus 
		[let us live, my Lesbia, and let us love])
			—Catullus V.II
socalled swan of avon
n/t but a beaurocrat
buggering the buttercups
goy from the waist up

now soldiers're the ones making offers
and fucking caravaggio posters
maybe the artist had bothered about melancholia

suddenly xe finds xemself walking down
some dark corridor

california was truly the promised land
                                 for T. Peterson

so what if the magistrate calls you dude
for all the petrogaff in helsinki
what is the idles, the ides to you
the hottest month on record

if s/o is making a mockery
& yew liable to get thwarted
one needs a quiet room
who hands out thir fucking pronoun