Wednesday, March 17, 2021

new from above/ground press: Chronotope, by David Dowker

David Dowker

Crash Flow

The sleep we need deceives us
into thinking we are in control.
So oneiric oratory resounds
beyond dream's penumbra,
voluptuous slumber capture.
An aberrant idiolect mutters
portents of personification
and recurrent deferred futures.
A bitter tax trickles down . . .
thus insurgent up-grudge, gets
with it and what not, syllabic
ingots, word-derivatives
exchanged for time nodules,
critical capital glut, puts and calls
of the new feudalism.
The anecdotal focal length
is measured in ruins. Eon
warble as pomegranate grid.
Persephone in cellular
hell. Havoc text distributed
as seed or bitmap. By any
other name, genetically
modified or chemically
enhanced, trans-planetary loss
or gnostic occupation, the un-
grammatical dark we come to,
loosely, disinhibited. A
sentence is an iteration.
The folding up of history
in this case is loaded, like-
wise the lesions of being
human. An an-
thology of misery would be
preferable to that abstract
mash-up of casual myth-
ologies. The irony
cannot but brutal be.

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
March 2021
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

David Dowker
was born in Kingston, Ontario but has lived most of his life in Toronto. He was editor of The Alterran Poetry Assemblage from 1996 to 2004 (which can be accessed at Library and Archives Canada). Machine Language was published by BookThug in 2010 and Virtualis: Topologies of the Unreal (with Christine Stewart) in 2013. Chax Press published Mantis in 2018. Dissonance Engine is forthcoming from Book*hug.  

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