great contemporary poems for creative remix
Ken Taylor – poems
1. movie for the blind (with audio by author)
…. - Video remix by Marc Neys
2. also sprach zarathustra (with audio by author)
3. by flight & call of sure omen (with audio by author)
4. self-portrait as joseph cornell (with audio by author & Nic Sebastian)
5. on the trail of the dinosaur (with audio by author)
movie for the blind
also sprach zarathustra
the philosophy behind the song is the song.
the song not the song is a song to weather
or picking your teeth with nietzsche’s pointy
shoes. that eternal recurrence of the same:
of the same. we found caning from a chair
& the dithyrambic scamper around a fire pit.
let’s talk to a dog in the dark about binomial
nomenclature or that this is a business trip.
jupiter rises with wind of another squall again
over crisping marshmallows & sparks jumping
into a brown tilting green. sapphic feet shiny
with toe-rings & aulos insisting circular breath.
halting minuet. losing god by twilight shame:
cover crop puce too brief to land an epithet.
(first published in Finery)
by flight & call of sure omen
slow trudge of hosts clotting a guise.
half moon. crabapple bloom & cupped
hands compete for sunrise. nothing
completes a creaky bus not stopping.
cricket & quarter note bird & not bird
chorusing the colophon simple due to
escheatment or enchantment or crow
code in nude limbs over a coed treat.
side road trees thinned so swiss-type
flavors flow & follow the ever-berrying
gathered hair. sorrow song. tomorrow
they say all the second act changes to
their mud-flap haiku will make perfect
sense of us: opera hats tipping adieu.
(first published in Cloud Rodeo)
self-portrait as joseph cornell
not once did i lift the skirt of a ballerina.
boxes in the yard means a local scandal
& thus all this organized departure. birds
will live here for a time before they pipe
broken clay songs & wake the neighbors.
rose comes (not the actress but the slight
era before constellations show or planets)
in a darker crinoline with fresh instructions.
everyone says it’s important to masticate:
smaller food suits you. this found laundry
ticket fends off sophistry. my flautist rang
the other day & claimed she couldn’t keep
our appointment. hiccupping ampersands
again, she said, & dust & glass & swan.
(first published in 3:AM Magazine )
on the trail of the dinosaur
barely slightly sank into his loveseat &
purified wings of ecstasy before the egg
to silk effect: heirloom 12-gauge blast.
& witnessed desire if used in moderation
which he didn’t do will keep many a soul
afloat splatter. self-inflicted kick drum on
the ballad: on the one. afferent autumn
champ & shut: he’s another matter now.
barely slightly dropped a magic poncho
at the smallest ask. jaw thrust to alpine
view: ascanio spread: rorsharch test in
lieu of stud finder all over the doublewide
wallpaper. oil patch buck shot & pull back
to cul-de-sac to troposphere to firmament.
(first published in ARDOR)