David Appelbaum Shares 3 Of His Mesmerising Poems That You Need To Read RIght Now

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David Appelbaum Shares 3 Of His Mesmerising Poems That You Need To Read RIght Now

Poetry by David Appelbaum

a want (illusory)

a glob of fig jam dropt


a hundred ants or a
veritable coven


swirls elliptically
dense with pinching spells


a feeding frenzy
an archaic wish to clothe


Eve’s pudendum


as fig must signify


with their brittle bodies


in the garden eternal


it lives in my clumsiness
with fruits
(desires for all species)


to pluck and to taste
one by one


what comes to be called
pleasure


(to some, sin)

***

it’s all about the father

a colorless cocoon
straddling the underside
of an oak leaf


the sexless euphony
of moths


who enter the abyss
without parricide


we are different


simple hatred
where no one is to blame
throws the die


their one flesh
erases a boundary


it is there for us


we are the mortal ones
separate by day


a single pronoun
economy hours bed


there, a wet stain
an inland sea


seems the only thing
in the room


and millennia
try to efface it

***

purity

texts not used


dispossessed
in a lost and found


wanting an owner
to meet
at the landfill


someone to pout on
a pinky ring
and say it’s mine


it fell off the shelf


the gem I’m looking for


perfect to set
in an ode or sonnet

...


if meaning is
a sensed relation


it isn’t a heartbreak


to be repurposed
pulpwood


swished in a chemical
wash
for another day


to breed
like the young and beautiful


each shred admiring
its own ghost


whispering falsetto
no no no no
until the word means


anything at all


an auto-reset,
stupid

***

David Appelbaum has worked in the university and in publishing, and is an author. His most recent books include notes on water: an aqueous phenomenology [Monkfish, 2018].

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