Spiritual Exercises

Gig Ryan

1.Lost cities function as decision.
A kerosene lamp fades.
Detach the shingle and enter via roller door to Sculpture By Appointment
as you become the city’s concreted fountains,
the crest’s gules, the arcade’s message,
tarred peripherals bleached with gallowed sun.
World’s greatest quibbler, carving a match,
carries the Twelve Conclusions of the Lollards to a ti-tree
in the hoodwinking and aftermath’s spool of forget-me-not memes.
Refutations lined up like the burning saints.
Now chefs and murderers are pocket neon
as lights bludge on February’s chopstick waves and creepy perennials
along the merch of time. Wrap your swag in road’s missal ribbon.
Birds poised on an electric grid.
 2.Nostalgia’s contraindications are proof of existence
blowing a dragnet through space,
unlatched from a machine’s lullaby dictionary.
Why go anywhere? machines yell at you all day,
each membrane open to comment
under the fried clouds,
says Assiduous of the Airwaves.
The questioners drip for anointment
as conviction politicians baa and clump
for a screen’s forgetting tablet or central heating.
Leave for a chariot of skulls instead,
the cod-Latin of a forthwith heart,
over the artesian lake preparing a skyline
that you build too, separately.

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Gig Ryan’s last book was New and Selected Poems (Giramondo, 2011), published in UK as Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2012). Manners of an Astronaut (Hale & Iremonger, 1984) was re-issued by Shearsman Books, UK, in 2018.

Journal of Poetics Research

September / October 2018

Sydney, Australia

Managing Editors: Kate Lilley, Ann Vickery, Philip Mead, John Tranter

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