Friday, March 25, 2011

Aimless Reading: The M's, Part 50 (K. Silem Mohammad)

Breathalyzer by Michael_Kelleher
Breathalyzer, a photo by Michael_Kelleher on Flickr.

Mohammad, K. Silem
Breathalyzer


Given to me by Rod Smith at the inaugural Buffalo Small Press Book Fair. Soon after that I met the author online and we played many games of Scrabulous together. Scrabulous was then taken down by the company that owns Scrabble. After getting over the initial shock, we resumed play using the new, inferior IMHO, interface.

I met the author for the first time in person last year at AWP in Denver. His college had a booth at which he was hawking copies of the West Wind Review. I introduced myself and we talked for a few moments, about Scrabble and about the conference. I saw him read at an art gallery in Denver. He had the crowd going wild. Everyone was hooting and hollering and laughing throughout the reading.

The next morning my panel had the misfortune of sharing the same time slot as the Flarf/Conceptual poetry reading. We had a modest, respectful audience, but we could hear the the whoops and laughs and cheers coming from the conference room down the hall.

We used to play Scrabble on an ongoing, everyday basis, but the regularity of these games has slowed over the past few years and I don't think we've even started a game in the past couple of months.

Sigh.

Breathalyzer

the nuisance is staring
into words as if they were crystal

the blueprint rises
the thing so desired
does not exist nor then
we continue breathing

on top of the animal house
there it was not
henhouse or high kennel
in the shape of a flat apple
pushed out through an ancient
space and made our measure
from the bell-like
clatter of silver pipe

a bare colorless limestone
must be made crystal

as for advancement, honor
as of dust into the lungs

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