Two poems and Space Yam or Mandeltweak

 
We Are All Not

Whenever rough shadowed
through crowds, percentagewise,
most will notice grief and blame
to be nonrivalrous. Unproblematic,
as commons sometimes are.
Some of the loved ones speed
towards meddling, to remedy,
to guarantee certain outcomes
as much as one may. Findings
are also not zero-sum, at least
not so early on, before thoughts
harden, while they’re still dragging
those barricades out of the way.
Under metallic shrugs see them
slow and stare, wondering what
feeling this is. First-timers, for sure.
No one heard a thing. What’s sharable
much further away is perverse.
It’s already partisan, liable. Far
too susceptible to cryptomnesia.
Therefore, consult. Cast a tall
shadow against the sky. Chew
the scenery. Wait for the public
address; assuredly it will come.

 
 
The Gray Man: A Listmania list

Is ambulatory,
is seen eating 800
mg ibuprofens,
maintains plausible
thick frames & thicker
lenses, always oversynthed,
always middlemouth,
from ratpark to trashpark,
every morning, stacking
stones so, so slowly,
savoring secrets piped in
via cheap & aging
headphones, a time
machine sadly, a moped
& a mood disorder,
something she described
as all babytalk & squalor,
the state’s case very
weak, very everywhere,
many moments paused
on a silent state seal,
tears on the transcript,
reports of invigorating
night crimes, of all the hype
when ranked unbeatens
collide, the anthrax letters
now on display, but no
rain on the radar.

 
 
 
Patrick Williams is a poet and academic librarian living in Central New York. Recent work appears in publications including 3:AM Magazine, Sundog Lit, NO INFINITE, and Heavy Feather Review. He is the editor of Really System, a journal of poetry and extensible poetics. Find him at patrickwilliamsintext.com and on Twitter @activitystory.

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