Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

How to Build a Bomb

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

How to Build a Bomb

Article excerpt

Begin with fear paradise around wall a boy

No begin in the middle

my grandmother said a bird in the hand is

a shackle's reaction

Polaris forfeiting its memory

say if I don't have it

you can't have it

it's only a proliferated metaphor

I only know how to use it the right way

we're able we don't need Him

you aren't old enough

I want to be just like you

son of Krypton

your eyes blue as the dead sea

it's our age too I was born from clay

believe in evolution

the nuclear family the magnetism

you wed two unstable atoms together to

we want our own Fat Boys Little Boys

Say I like heavy metal

Cactus Scorpion Deep Purple Rainbow

believe in mathematics -(-x) does equal x

the enemy of my enemy is my friend

how many proton and neutrons do you have

we're all Aryan

you don't know how cold it gets in the desert

you only know the movies

the stars are the barbs in the sky

Move under so you can see better

say our summers are the same in heaven

it's about charging Uranium Tetrachloride gas and directing it past the weak

say I begged my father for nitric acid in my chemistry set

don't worry we can save the infrastructure and arts

isn't that what you want

Write I need tail cone air inlet tube altimeter sensor lead shield container

packing telemetry monitoring probe receptacles fuses tail fin deflectors

detonating heads

I'm not strong

I need Uranium-238 to contain all this burning

we want the rainforest the ocean shore

we want the tiger to come back

where the stars can't hide behind the streetlamps

it's not about the radio's activities we have the Web now

it's about purifying enriching

about the elements

you want to preserve their endangered species

up up in the caves

mission vision fission

a poem without a purpose

you can't use it

it's bait for God

I want to say it loud enough

make sure He knows we're still here

say it! …

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