Author’s note: all of these poems were written using a process I’ve come to refer to as ‘deconstruction’ – basically, I take the lyrics to albums by bands who have been influential on me as an artist, copy & paste them in alphabetical order on sheets of paper, and then proceed to write ‘magnetic poetry’ style using only the words that are on the pages spread out in front of me. In each of these poems, every word that was used appears somewhere in the lyrics to the respective album it is inspired by/taken from.
Deconstruction I: all words in this poem taken from "Songs To Scream At The Sun" by Have Heart Ask me where I'm from & I'll say I live in a cold city that reminds anyone of anything but home. It's overcrowded & full of guilt. I forget how to breathe. I never dance, because my heart dwells too long on insecurities. Sometimes the mail brings me loveless magazines that leave the blues in my stomach, because I am afraid to be alone. Some nights, I dream that I am a song-bird lost in a shoreless ocean or a sea of blood. I think of my father in his garden – he calls it Paradise, will say it's greener than all of Eden. On TV, there's a man begging to be dragged through the fire. His hypocrisy is beautiful in the way it's just like my own. I am still my mother's only son. The rambling prodigal with golden wings. She will always keep photos of me on the windowsill. I will always break every mirror. I will always long to be swallowed by the water. Continue reading