Bombings / bailouts / boisterous air.
It is nighttime in this time of North American poetry. Birds folded into the bodies of birds.
Still, “For several days, I have felt an exuberant political need / to love” (César Vallejo).
Let us not mince words; we are at a crucial juncture in our lives and in the life of this planet. Timeline of crucial events:
7125 (first chronicle of unanticipated meteor shower)
2735 (propitiation of the owls)
191 (reader: insert dream)
333 (ask Aunt Ona)
599 (discovery of [unreadable] in the caves of [unbearable])
621 (first resurrection of the dead birds)
832 (toenail clippings first become totemic)
888 (dream: insert reader here)
921 (exchange of left hand for right)
1022 (a yogi emerging from the body of William the Conqueror)
1920 (appearance of The Magnetic Fields)
1922 (publication of Trilce)
1923 (display of anticipated meteor shower)
1928 (stockbrokers dreaming of bed lamps crashing to the floor, saying upon waking, “the world will soon break into bed lamps”)
1930 – 1990-something (reader: insert birth-year here)
1996 (conclusive evidence of the rare mating habits of willows with rivers, and their ability to occasionally bear human children)
2000 – 2001 (publication of I’m Your Presidential Woodcutter and Other Poems)
2009 – 2001 (how time can’t sit still)
2010 – the slow slow crawl of the lambs