Jared Schickling

VACANCY

instead of a preface
what a poem
as weather can do so
why wish it
in the chair
on anyone
why kids will cry so
unnecessarily and
all over
regardless
unnecessary so
who can say
what news can do

1

cutting into steak newsflash my tent is gone
my tent is gone he looks like a cop so
write in the dark my tent is gone
my tent is gone lets smoke out front
local authors my tent is gone so
write butchers’ tales
my tent is gone
in the log cabins sold my tent is gone
tourists from the city my tent is gone
snowbirds my tent is gone
my tent is gone and such

2

was there any depth to it at all rus
kin, so they say, I paid a little for a lot
mouth of the lake like a mirror
where never’s no wind so
when we say
she’s in trouble too much
know
she is three so
me
drawing a line
in sand
for the tent
for consequence so
actually, should have
drawn more of them so
porous
perimeter
it’s rainy
as they say
cheap
in a motel so
my tent is gone
nothing here to prove

3

emotions mixed like primary colors so
live
by enjambment theft
adirondack chair perched
on a motel
after this kid is bathed
her beer and smoke so
racine’s
crayons
in the pines here resemble
in quarter moon crescents from rock
in a painting by day
theater and lake strand
where there is nothing especially so
real in my poems
minus the syllables so
in a wife’s underwear
but the distant ridges
in half moon crescents
not so far away
by kayak, they lie so
but not really
it’s me, see, up here so
looking down there
where they lock up
my pool at night

4

I’m a mid-day mower so
as they say, not nearly mean enough
pamphlet in the making
notebook will
be so
dry
as I am, lake
mist off the mountain
in me, old forge
kid and the one
you don’t name, so behind me
or in the front there so
in their bed
a fishery to our right left
municipal beach to our left right
where my music plays so
crayons
a fawn is trapped there
in the fence, motel terrace so
below me
and smack-dab in the middle of here
my pencil
so
it meant nothing, at all
(don’t I know it)
to the duck so
and her ducklings an osprey
circled

5

earlier so
from this roof—until you’re under
this world spins you
don’t
write it so
a whole lot
of nothing
quick down vacations end so
everywhere
when the alarm goes off
in the ears so
that bug cop
his daughter’s
bites are huge—so up here don’t
we know it

6

itches you wood so
hear of it of course how
these cartoons get lovely
coming in through the screen so
salt in the pines and all the blood
ever been here
your family was prepared so
the girl lasted six days
my tent is gone

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Raymond Farr

Another Day Penultimate at Missing the Point

I only slipped on the cake of soap of the air
& drowned in the bathtub of the world
—John Ashbery

I come briefly
Into the sun

Where
I’m writing today

I laugh
I am alone

I write—
Traces of light!

You in the carpeted hall!
As downwind

A radio—
the commissar’s in town, oh, oh—

Reads another crazy
Meaning

Into
The hollow membrane

Of our days
I can’t explain

The cosmos
I grew up in

I renounce all its
Power over me

I feel it
Still swimming

At 4 AM
Like a ghost

Lodged
In my throat

& yet
I exist in utterance

Managed by my
Impotence

Another day penultimate
At missing the point

Eventually

I’ll Simon-says myself
To sleep—

Somebody get me a window
To yell out of—

I mean
Who does that?!

& like a near-sighted girl
Reading lyrics

To her dog
I exist

Just visible
From the nearby

Overpass

Mark Young

Archival Footage:
Koi at play in the water feature of the Secretary of State

As I watch the black woman
Republican secretary of state, I agree
with Zak & the story of
fraternity members who captured
a campus Koi fish — originally from
North Korea’s Pyongyang region, where the
water is said to be volkswagendubbele
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rental fathers day. This is a story
of back greens & washing
machines, herring, & Koi.

Bank runs & failures were a common feature
of life during the period when Cordell Hull,
the Secretary of State for the US, was instructed
to start classified research into the detection
of enemy submarines under water. Secretary
of State Henry Kissinger denied then & in his
memoirs later that feeding koi at the edge
of the water captured a world & a culture.

In 1815
General Don had requested
of the Secretary of State
for the Colonies
fresh water
on the Rock, with Koi Carp
& a collection of exotic lilies.

Learn all about waterfalls & water
gardens at a lecture, “Beyond Koi: The Ecosystem
of the new secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice.” The
3:30 pm to 7 pm show will feature
musical & dance performances, & arts.

The North American Water Garden
will blend the water feature seamlessly
into the landscape. Borrowed library
items are overdue in the koi’s gut. The
one thing I fervently hope is that they
do not water down the music
of the water buffalo.

Secretary of State Colin Powell,
has said that public diplomacy bacterium
can also cause disease in other
fresh-water and marine fish species. Political
corruption is a corrosive feature of
everyday life & needs to be
“Yeh koi gudde-gudiyon ka khel hai kya?
First you give, then you take away.” Powell
urged Yasser Arafat to cede control of the old
library with its cut stone fountain filled with koi fish.

CHENEY ENERGY TASK FORCE DOCUMENTS
FEATURE MAP OF IRAQI OILFIELDS. There is a koi
pond nearby, teeming with the colorful Japanese fish.

The famous film ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ was largely shot in Uttaranchal.
How does water get from the plant to the people,
& is there a way to improve?

Just when you
think it’s safe to go back in the water, it isn’t. Walls of
water, set in motion by an underwater earthquake. An
undocumented feature? Perhaps. & perhaps not;
I’ll never know. Secretary of State Cathy Cox
said recording machines were disbursed to all.

I haven’t done much work on the house,
but I did finish the koi pond
& how do koi fish reproduce
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This year’s Fest will feature
cultural sharing through
performances of song.

Please use this form
for your comments or
questions to KY Water Watch,
a disease notifiable to the relevant
Secretary of State. The UN will judge
North Koi on its actions, not its words.

(An edited compilation of the output from
the use of “koi,” “secretary of state,” & “water feature”
in Leevi Lehto’s Google Poem Generator
7/16/2005 1:41:45 AM GMT)