Dear Frank …
here’s the Du. dwaal
altar cloth draped
like Christmas lights from a balcony—you always saw
tits—and a dark Czech beer at Sv. Norbert monastery…
dear Frank, she glows with the cold: the glass mug, 200 kč,
stenciled Sv. Norbert in gold, the body barrel and dimpled.
Seoul Tower, n. a tip and
pandemic 360 of city, the absent river running through
knit, n. neon crosses blurred
into very small, soft teeth
No dissolution in the marionette parting the curtain
and winks—the many folds from the little hand,
a peripheral detail. Transitions: the small body for home,
large for intricate dreamscapes, O.E. bwean, to wash
and fall in a thin aqua sea a pirate floats on. Prague children watch
with Prague parents and suck suckers at intermission.
our coats and scarves and hats
(ticket, ticket) and through
the hall of symphony faces
dead leaders, The National Museum
rocks—outside we step on them—
in rows of normal / dazzle
(mineralogy + petrology = 200000 specimens)
while we see them, all fragments, all together
adj. bone (marrow)
fin whale (across the roof, the size of our apartment)
the giant: sea sponge (Poterion neptuni), Japanese crab, and clam
city n. Kokoschka
Children (cild, Frank, cild) along the white morning
boardwalk, the concrete plaza.
The bay’s too dirty to swim in,
gasoline angels (angaros:
I’m up, leaving behind
coat and shoes and others.
Later, teenagers play soccer to mariachi
or corrido or Madonna.
We pick and cook around the grill, dip communally
with thin metal chopsticks the meat and vegetables in
sauces, use individual cloth sugeons
for our lips and fingers.
Torture museum lithograph: a man spread feet-up,
two person saw half through him; reproduction:
pyramid to sit to death on. Water:
cloth tube in the throat filled and pulled out, filled, pulled out,
filled and pulled out
(Ger. Zwagen, verb first
no phonemes left in the bruises.
I faked those moments in the books and radio.
A real Klimt is paint and beautiful.
6 violins, 2 cellos, 1 bass and 1 harpsichord do make Four Seasons.
I’m seeing a figure turned church by Bill Viola.
A wall—toile, tulle, tavola,
towel—of recurrent “ … wash my hands of
We mirror-maze with picture flashes;
Prague Castle / Petřin Hill, two ideas
on the same landmass, one imposing,
the other ice to the maze,
communal strangers laughing at strangers slipping
or reflecting in bent glass graffitied: glass-towel,
1, to wipe away, 2, to stiffen.
Egg (oyyo) and hamburger (Ger.
immigrants 1939) and rice (vrihi-s-oryza)
under brown gravy (ah ah) at
the drive-in, loco-moco especial,
weeks before Kilauea makes no-locals and a black ember-field. Legends
of the old goddess being eggja
O.N.; and the rough waves
at the black sand beach wiped away.
trans. v. To apply
… he didn’t know to
[ … ] himself
intr. v. (with
at) … he began
toweling at his hands with the warm
towel, n. food instrument;
paper, with at least two equal sides; usage:
for what food will do; his
towel could not wipe up the stains
Gyeongbokgung Palace houses the Sujeongjeon building (first script):
reconstruction from burnings, the plaque reads indecipherable
what a rock looks like on fire. I undo my scarf and slide the plastic
accordion curtain to the toilet. It’s heated. Later, I take a
picture of a stove
for water for the queen and forget what it’s called.
As you can see the buildings are old,
and sanitary conditions—Lat. sānitās—
require thorough alcohol scrubbings.
Or the buildings are new:
we’re getting clean clean clean.
We’ll bring a big bottle of it back.
Hotel? Quoi? In too late for a sit down
meal, an arcade of fast food. Jeter la
serviette. We’re nervous to the
street kid leading “Oh Canada!” to the
liquor store: not a materialization. Hungry,
so grab the first bed, j’ai sommeil, and sleep.
Seoul Land, n., an amusement
park in Seoul, Korea
sanitary belt, n., a belt for
the attachment of a sanitary towel
photograph, n., v.,
Dongdaemun Market high-rise/stalls makes a 24 hour city of crowd—
a blue ramie scarf against
her cold neck, not thwahlja
but a subway (n., a long line
attaching places, and Frank, they go your speed)
ride along line 3 to Insadong with hanji
finds, black beads and a flat red disk
for her neck back home—Frank, that part where her clavicles meet.
meets čau at the airport, n. an unregulated city:
I’m U.S. before and after Canada, Mexico—Pele, one
manufacturer of Hawaii,
forbids taking what she makes: I cannot take cobblestones, only
curse, n., v. (fig.) return; habitual, patterning movements
which cannot be exactly
the 3-D hexagon toy missing a side rattles in the suitcase, inside,
mirrors and eyes
a key-chain falls out, too
lumps in the distance clearer and clearer
some say, nouns