Conversing With Godsafter Jericho Brown
Pit perception against cognition.
Keep your ears out for the invisible voice.
Keep your ears out to the invisible voice.
Spectral whistling may get you closer.
Spectral whistling will ease you closer.
Talking Bibles with velour tongues.
Talking Bibles with felted tongues.
Gospel ventriloquists fortify the Script.
Gospel ventriloquists seduce the Script.
Ancestor belly prophets made anything talk.
Ancestor belly prophets coaxed everything to talk.
Testament in statues, streams, perky vulvas.
Testimony in statues, streams, perky vulvas.
Against cognition, pit eavesdropping & perception.
Suppose before you throw your voice
angels salt your punchlines
then you should grease all audience
pretense with fresh / creamery / butter.
Jackson Pollack’s on your knee with
a maelstrom of confetti expletives so
warn your audience calmly
to adjust their raincoats.
Throw your dummy into the crowd
& if it comes up snake eyes
crawl into your top hat & cower
until Duchamp taxis you uptown
for absinthe & bento boxes.
Smoke more cigarettes than the stage
manager then stuff your clove butts
into his shoe lifts for an extra high.
Hail deadpan as your dummy’s religion
amen to whatevers & I dunnos from
potato heads / soup cans / minimalist
pizzas with newspaper clippings.
Suppose you guzzle on stage seven
energy drinks then you should hurl
to the footlights your lantern jaw
as a viable contour to finale.
Rikki Santer’s poetry has received many honors including five Pushcart and three Ohioana book award nominations as well as a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her next, full-length collection, How to Board a Moving Ship, is forthcoming from Lily Poetry Review Books. Please contact her through her website: www.rikkisanter.com