Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Tuesday poem #430 : Ellen Chang-Richardson : bathing beans




Ellen Chang-Richardson is an award-winning poet of Taiwanese and Cambodian-Chinese descent who currently lives/works on the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg. The author of three poetry chapbooks including snap, pop, performance (Gap Riot Press), her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Fiddlehead, Room, Watch Your Head: Writers and Artists Respond to the Climate Crisis, and Parentheses, among others. She is the co-founder of Riverbed Reading Series, the founder of Little Birds Poetry, and a member of the poetry collective VII. https://ehjchang.com

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Tuesday poem #429 : David Buuck : Curfew and Far Between



Night in the city
is now owned
by the police

the cover charge
is our obedience
til day breaks &

real estate realism
resumes its crime-
data-mining /

the risk-assessers
crafting riot
insurance policies

hedge funding
the counter
revolution as

the porch pirates
expand the gift
economy at the pot-

latch down at the
sideshow / I watched
the helicopter feed

the Oakland docks
lit and lit up,
surrounded by cops

called in from the
suburbs to kettle
the protest downtown

trick’d out donuts,
burnt trash cans
vs. burnt rubber.


Inside a para-
tactical multitude
not all things

aside one another

touch — or are
touched, but perhaps
in those epic gaps

some spark alights

forged in disparate
elements, newly
charged by heat

of purpose and

in common fre-
quencies that

resonate through

idioms across
the shattered



To under
stand space
as a given


by the eye
of the police

or landlord

thus becoming
territory —

by bodies

in negation
of that ideal

they call civic

harmony —
instead a
confluence of


resonance /
each shield
a mobile


each placard
a shield
against the


of batons
each splinter
a glitch

in time’s gap

the clock
and the count-

er rhythms

of revolt. Be
like water,
the sigil read,

spray painted

on the trash
bin, a barricade
made of ballot

boxes lights it up—




David Buuck lives in Oakland, CA. He is the co-founder and editor of Tripwire, a journal of poetics (tripwirejournal.com), and founder of BARGE, the Bay Area Research Group in Enviro-aesthetics. Recent books include The Riotous Outside (Commune Editions, 2018), Noise in the Face of (Roof Books 2016), SITE CITE CITY (Futurepoem, 2015) and An Army of Lovers, co-written with Juliana Spahr (City Lights, 2013). He teaches at Mills College, where he is the chief steward of the adjunct faculty union, and at San Quentin's Prison University Program.

the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Tuesday poem #428 : Christina Shah : fettuccine all‘uovo No 94 (the carbonara poem)



our pasts lay dessicated
tangled pasta nests
in glassine windows

waiting to be saline,
salient, pliable grist

as coal miners we emerge from black dust;
you add the rendered events

rough-cut jowl
and the pecorino romano
of umami’s imperfect memory

and make fat silk threads



Christina Shah was born in Ottawa, lives in Vancouver, and works in heavy industry. Her poetry has appeared in various journals– including Arc, Vallum, The Fiddlehead, Grain, EVENT, and PRISM international. She recently completed her first full-length manuscript. On hot days, you’ll find her at a good swimming hole.

the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan