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Brian Kim Stefans
POEMS
 

Provincial Hack


1.

I would like to expand my sphere of influence
             to include gummy bears, flutes, and broken raisins.
(A cloud
             at sunset.)

2.

So torque, avoid the quack
              bitching in the room you’re with.
Um, sending
             (Blending in).

3.

“Everybody steals.
             It is exciting.”
No symbols are involved…
             You cannot drink annotated water.

4.

Tiny bubbles in the soap…
             Like condoms…
Tiny zeroes in the astro-turf…
             (The telephone hangs up of its own course.)

5.

The Kim Stefans sneak attack is now in progress.
             Be not upset.
(Just velvety and dark
             slashes and dreams.)

6.

It’s all musicals.
             Youth culture in zip-locks.
Here is the colon:
             and here, its Happy Meal.

7.

Maybe this is what they mean by television:
             Brion Gysin’s spinning flicks… bottom-up bureaucracy…
Tracing lies against the pattern
             in mystic squalls, conveying them.

8.

A sort
             of syndrome.
Natural, of course.
             (California.)

9.

To complain of no love
             and then to make movies.
(Drifting into minis,
             a chorus of NAFTA girls.)

10.

With the largest of handshakes keeping us sound
             again and again… returning to the same apartment…
Cool, gov!
             “Eye warrant.”

11.

Spilling out toward the coasts in sex drives,
             every one of them (the coasts, that is).
Little stickers on the ceiling
             some gnarly, be-acned kid put there…

12.

or her, maybe.
             You consider Nicaragua
the imagination.
             (Pork chops and apple sauce.)

13.

“I’ll be dead soon.”
             Boo hoo hoo.
Sane as myth, he renewed his function with eloquence:
             writing Tarantula over and over again.

14.

In those filthy thirties…
             the low-res screen capture habit…
the Cancer League Aggression Party…
             the Gabriela Sabatini Intelligence Project…
15.

Mein Gott!
             (Pauses.)
“One doesn’t sense a personality so much
             as a strategist.” I could almost write a poem about it.

16.
Meaning: “Just a poem…”

   
   
   

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