Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Tuesday poem #488 : Micah Ballard : LUCIFERIAN LONDON




The 17th century
Sun King shows up with evening
pumps available for extra footy

For the benefit of mouths
the opening kill is lost

such a promising tutelary magus
Crowd pleaser, provocateur, camped out and salacious

perp walking the melee
to dress down beauty. In the throne room

I track numbers and raids
& provide adequate hooks without analytical fuss

All the hulking purveyors
suggest exasperation

but they’re farmed out to mostly
Disposed to multiple personalities

all I have to do is blink
or swallow and at the right time

& can be any of them




Micah Ballard [photo credit: Lorca Ballard] is the author of over a dozen books of poetry including Waifs and Strays (City Lights Books), Afterlives (Bootstrap Press), The Michaux Notebook (FMSBW), Parish Krewes (Bootstrap Press), Selected Prose, 2008-19 (Blue Press), Evangeline Downs (Ugly Duckling Presse), Daily Vigs (Bird & Beckett Books), Vesper Chimes (Gas Meter), and Negative Capability in the Verse of John Wieners (Bootstrap Press). He also recently co-edited G U E S T #21 : Castle Guestskull (above/ground press, 2022) with Garrett Caples. He lives in San Francisco with poet Sunnylyn Thibodeaux and their daughter Lorca. 

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