Chavisa Woods' Books

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May, 2011

Can’t keep the rich

 

from running, 
from ruining 
everything.
 

Touch the land.

where?

In the soft spot 
behind the ear.

Can’t keep the rich 
from hanging 
pastel banners,
direction signs,
payment notices,
brown people.

 All creatures have the ability to heal themselves.
heal. heel.
We became trees or
we became white.

Can’t keep the rich
from painting 
landscapes,
portraits,
Sappho’s roses red,
abstract shit,
Marx in Black-face

 Tap a top hat and dance
before the republic of the under-whelmed.
Tap a top hat and keep
up the under.

 Can’t keep the rich
from exploding
ladders,
birds.
the moon,
blue womb,

God was an angry mouse
chewing on Gaza chords
umbilical
at the equinox,
Mangled birds used a ladder
to scale night’s ridge.

 Can’t keep the rich
out
of St. Marks’ punk ass,
gay-stream,
crime-wave,
info structure,
of libraries
of congress,
confederacy
of antique stores.

Confederacy of those for whom antique
is a verb.
marching down Marlborough St.

 lowe lowe lowe.

 Let’s go antiquing
for mammies and billies

 Can’t keep the rich
from 
petting our babies,
dancing to Stevie Wonder,

 I saw possibility
get stoned
on Wall Street

Can’t keep the rich
from
laying ass
fault- line
banking
ass tro turf
faking
grass,
orgasms,
moon landings

 The sunlight on Ave A.
Reflexive, CITI.
She thinks her life
is a pirate ship wrecked on the private
sidewalk.

 Can’t keep the rich
from raping
white chickens,
pink chickens,
rubber chickens
red barns
digging motes
tying ropes.

 Mother's hands were bound with twine,
the night she bore our debt

 We know the taste
of pulp and plasma.
Those eyes, that never looked up
from the moment
of revelation.
Those hands that never yielded
fight for a thing
not yielded
by those hands.
Those hands were never free.
Those hands, never still.

 Touch the land.
heal heel.
Reflexive.

 Eye of a pin.
suicidal angel loop
The structure is a
hard knot
want is a mouse,
chewing.

 

 

 

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