Octobiographia and Sphinx Infinitives

Tyrone Williams



17 when 1 was I.D.’d—

verbalized, I’d

be jobbed, id

be damned, dammed up

be Colorado B.

D.—in short, jettison Daddy

very well from which I’d

draw, drawn. T’woz ’71…

Sphinx Infinitives



a first cross-

dressing humanimal


an index finger over the lips of God,



a bow suspended

above the bridge


overture to an overture

                                                            bent slight.


Here looms

raised brow

heir to heir-


loom and ‘fro the sweat-


tomb of the unknown slave


where for every Khafre work

there will have been a Khulu work-

                                                             shop chopped




ankh sans an


Tunisia, Tunisia, wherefore art, Tunisia?


Dizzy chicken

                        careens skyward

          squawk ex-x

where for every exuberant here! hear


string instrument of the middle finger



Morocco-pressed into service elevates Egypt—

                                    revolver with a rifle scope

abases Syria—

                                    revolving v. reinforced fire-




So moved:


is to be, the


                                    motion, having passed,


inflates to

as it wards

off-peak ad


                                    hoc olfactum


Tyrone Williams
Tyrone Williams

Tyrone Williams teaches literature and theory at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of five books of poetry, c.c. (Krupskaya Books, 2002), On Spec (Omnidawn Publishing, 2008), The Hero Project of the Century (The Backwaters Press, 2009), Adventures of Pi (Dos Madres Press, 2011) and Howell (Atelos Books, 2011. He is also the author of several chapbooks, including a prose eulogy, Pink Tie (Hooke Press, 2011). His website is at http://home.earthlink.net/~suspend/