Bruce Andrews

Short Multiplication

Did we ever meet? Love tighten mixture gratuitous celebrant finite too much interrupt your body fact stoop cop + doctor curtsy bugging fairytale calendar coochie-coochie hominess quotient CRASHING HEAVEN — double up on sieves out of legal peril sanctified con punto fait oracular robbed     Only You: skim-mail crony con the thin pink line exoneration turns porkhanded state extravagant internal witchhunt manhandles design slacks bunny slash inventory enjabber The chaos factor exceptionally quidproquo-ish teasing a swamp-up polarize coneheads contextual fossils whiz with curtsy dislocated floppy apostrophe letdown ‘‘an alignment (& is an island)’’ activated from somewhere else Fizz still ‘on book’ hand up off to audio breakneck grey casual syndicalist praetorians this conditional exculpatory repeat What you can control gets out of hand What leak has rights gropably deflame loyal lady china dolls await the nude tense spit     Sit in the back & act bored Family equals scissors congeal cancel conceal papal bull fluff infanticide lump that undergawked look extra quiet wishful strip hand bazookas’ happiest agency wasn’t an ultrasophisticate you rahabituzise anybody this apt cheaper gungho Can we override the mainstream ‘‘count the speaking as distance’’ But don’t importune beauty (the locus of bogus) smear list last authentic exfoliant courts the species Undiscovered: no new items or no new details? — want full court on this hell to events chuck the nub expel smooth entire glow pablum union never is friend pigpen fact    internalize doppelganger every moment must suck off the image ‘‘the world broken into parts / as a replication, as a kind of surface’’ Mutual back-scratching underbinged impeccable goons Less is much less blow extract away megayakuza quantified as pretty intimate control Let us outtake a closure chameleon ‘‘I cannot or expressive’’ rape of the repeatable glad reminder sum this up: isthmus switchboard undercutter Eat partners — make it feel better crepe substantives sit antecedents down    Bikinis, bras high thighs intuit righteous cheez-it dose of mentality polyfactory against any brandedness as valor The dutiful is retrogradient howl adjacency itsy at the surface get the bowline cranking human imp bed Nothing is complete ‘‘pixel in the larger’’ douse off form entice the what you know gangly hyperbole refrain: drilltime upsauce punchbag lament     ‘‘Quantified as distance,’’ random engine pesters any embodiment Tick off the pleasant mold skittish tense pulso oops again the participatory anticipatory oblivious disclaimer frillish pattycake sinuosity pivoting mean declamatory ghost without an income the slave nerves partialize asterisk parade the victim crew proffer conquers dopes of context tabulate chitchat as vocabulary makes up its mind on the fritz Amorous rowdy combo fragrant chamois the alarm insecurity ramifications despise the length grifter facial passageless edge foreign fabuloso inside subrosa nothing who dreams replication? Hardly fireworks reverb — me neither — nonspeaking positions kooked-up voluntarism lingual dose the breakers hyperboolaboola Cut-rate precedence achieves a pit interim forgotten pride makes fashion some prescience burning only trigger squeeze enigma pig prose ‘‘and must be the anticipatory process’’

— for Daniel Davidson
& ‘Long Division’ in
lower limit speech (Spring 1998)
July 1998

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