Academic journal article Chicago Review

The Ballad of Liberal Moonshine

Academic journal article Chicago Review

The Ballad of Liberal Moonshine

Article excerpt

how come is in patient darkness

as the cycles of representation

lay louder, darker on acid free

oracles to scarcer leatherbacks

bones so drawn to reading rooms

that sound flippers go autumnal

down still rarer critical forms

endangering the spineless light

scan yellowed meat sky forevers

into some imperilled species of

our loves and sun marked up for

preservations as reserve counts

that once defective music wants

to be for keeps not some anthem

to yet more but mutual research

collaring the flaming notebooks

for what then save the leathers

come waltzing in on historicism

such impostors frankly draining

what might pass off in property

over chromatic chorus polluters

also known as evolution's froth

with fresh sorry thanks for the

cinder toned dark ridge or keel

our every book upon book making

shallow depressions for lasting

dregs blistered all round again

down smiles for the old quarter

an off duty stamp in break neck

Vermeers for the window on work

on some long evensong among the

clearings come deforested songs

pages torn from the big dust up

that by its nature wants to see

action not bland literary tones

doing the spread scree darkness

murdering song with fire! …

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