Wednesday, October 8, 2008


masulisch 16 grotesque it "the kingdom of heaven means nothing



the dashing rage of cottaged clouds

in bewildered atmosphere

weightless mountains loom

monument swells fall

to rise in musical fury of cyclones again

a white chaos from the moon

Like thin, false hands balled up in shrouds

That shred as they appear,

it snakes along the breakers’ backs

taking any water for its tracks

the black water crawls like lava

and plummets down the glassy slope

a locomotive on a rope of smoke


the firemen with wolfhound heads

and black and brawny hands

shovelling charge

the bellowing hearth


hurtle on like a comet without need

joyous in wild nightmare of speed

incurable dream of illness,

voluptuous and insane.

perch ministers, like spiders and owls


like a pendant over heaving breast

the reckless engine dangles

down elastic eversion of their triangles


Or a man about to drown.

Braids of foam, a hollow column,

acres of green hood

they lean far from the windows

when they reach

the reeking bottom of the waves

the cars bristle in nervous rows

of long boathooks and nets on staves

they look to see what chance will bring them

in eerie moment before the rise

one crazed fisher lunges so far his friends

must batten on his coat and arm to drag him in again

mow the reeking bottom of the wave

to bid on the briny armor

baleful moonlight

whose lividity embosses

pinions of raven albatrosses

with women’s cries borne forth on the blast

the howls of furies ring out like brass


by the train’s flanks in great gouts he breathed,

in mania rolled, in spume enwreathed,

the (whale) which even archaic name outspans


the cyclopean trunk of his sex

by mistake or - who will say? –

the monster couples with the train

mad amorous altercation flung in disarray of

the sharp clouts of titan heart’s pulsation

the people hilarious

the tempest

of power unencircled

The engine garlanded in sperm

laved in unliving alive witch light -aved

Moon - delirious

Sky - demented

Sea - depraved

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