Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Tuesday poem #554 : Yoyo Comay : Sumpharvest (IX)




just another shining of the sheet

the heat shimmering around


grey sparrows

wink into dust


sound hums with going


snows terror down


choppers blaspheme

the biosphere


the heavywet

mood of the air

sweating with labour

with fervid birthing


you ain’t heard

nothing yet


o wait till you

hear it

playing pattycake

on your eardrum


pounding out its panting rhythm

upon your idiot flesh


the skin barking

and taut

as you embark

the frozen wave of noon


vision like a twitching wing

caught betwixt

the wicked thumbs

of the age


the neck strained

 to breaking

afore it

to eke

a closer peer


the water stiffens

to wax

& the lone wick of sky

smoulders ajar

turning all

adjacent to it


but you split off

to care for the burial grounds


angles dance the air


the leaflight

a passingthrough


but chained I’m sat

in this rock of agues

a pane ashspattered

muttering machinespeak


success’s bright hook

stigmata of the inner cheek

drags it gasping

stringed ass to lip

upon succession’s

cawl of spit


madness is choosing

& not chewing over

this papered lung stuff


cracking the code

unwrites itself,

a defence mechanism,

underwrites its losses


lostlight of lamplost

sloshes limpid at the shore


punchdrunk & stumbling

see the mind at its madness


frantic homesteader

its web upon the water spun

lost in the chase

of a fraying mayhem







Yoyo Comay is a poet and musician from Toronto. He released his first EP of original music Crushed under the name Sufferin Mall in 2022, and his debut poetry collection, States of Emergency, was published with Vehicule Press in 2023. His work has appeared in The Peripheral Review, Commo Mag, Touch the Donkey, Metatron Press, and Small Walker Press. He is also a co-founder of the Toronto Experimental Translation Collective.

the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan

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