The American Journal of Poetry
"Strong Rx Medicine"®

 

Charles Bernstein & Ted Greenwald

Read the Land

 

Incongruence
In a twinkle
No answer

To question
Not forgot
A round

Like the return
When left
Out of

Night for tonight
A smidge
Seeing eye

Wake up
Overboard
Right around

Smack
Bon Ami
Said the guy

Eyeballs
Even
Shout out to

Flooring
On Loan
Or Aims

Don’t
Only know it’s
Like the feel

Then forget to
Curve
Bear weight

Hang up
That’s then
As if

Exactly my taste
Breathing space, yup
On lingering loan

Get back promise
Lost in Palisades
1956

Or aims
Aimlessly
You tell me

Better selves
At least not yet
Highways of CA

Isolated tomato
Visitors from
Another world

Word refill
Fills agree, fingery
On loan

Dime for a dollar
Flushed with
Inconsequent adulation

Flooring
Calculations for net
Nothing

They say
BUT
Said

Said the guy
In plain air 
Just

Tell
Irene 
Bon ami

And a bowl
Of ice
Work

Shifts 
Make it
OW

WO
Fack
Thack

Smack
Between 
Time and

Tell
Comes up
A smidge

Seeing eye
Night for tonight
Swing and miss
 
Ladder to nowhere
Dream
To stick
 
A round
Keep 
In in
 
Touch
Midweek
Hamstrung

A basic
Unit of
Humidity 

Foregone 
Humility 
Never forgiven

Not forgot
To question
The answer

Buzz
Beat
Pirouette.

 

 

Charles Bernstein & Ted Greenwald

Go To

 

Looks like clouds
Those clouds
Something serene
 
No feel
For changeup
Call time
 
(Images crowd body)
 
Space to take
Windows for doldrumslatin
 
Or the day-glow sheen
Of recollections
Comes dropping

Like confetti
From rockets

(Compare to what?)
Signed note moments

Quote

Over-the-top better
The perv circles back

In infinite compensation


Lost is the telling
Layering locutions
As if style

Was going out business

Grizzled
Monuments
Momentarily

Enjambed in
Viscous
Rockettes

Think of to say
Say
That's funny?

A maybe cloud
Mental sandpaper
Smooth edge

A younger wha
Officials create

A perimeter
A new movement
Inspects

Long-range
Anthro scene
Discrete

In hair

Turn to stone
(A blue)
Afternoon sentence

(Or)

Clause
Which
Lilts

(Polly perorates)

Phantom reruns
Now indecipherable

(Body parts / Memory sways)

As seat of
Pants
Kicks in

Doing what
Spose a mores
Lean din

Do into others
Stocking trade
Big steaks

Tide out
Less (less)
Put away stuff

Leave looking
To the lookers

Others impose
Guarantee of uncertainty
Never sure of

Refer to incendiaries

Sunday
As a weekday
Not rest

Brakes for upset
Non-closure deal
Return to the mildew

Often

Buenos dial
More
Thin than

Want

Hop over
Into Queens
Customize

Floatation
Relies on
Riptide

As well as
(Well)

Sketch could've
Stretch talk about

Moment in between
(Raises) (hackles)
Intent on
Migrant passage

No sense
To speak
Of (of)

Blurts commission

Over
Out of

Solid irresolution
Calm upset
Gold ash

Field to mouth tidbit
Jack's BINGO
Apple excite

Core

Stays as such
Trusts no one

Slip on
Soggy air
Neat thread

Over and above
Sifts

What be
Doing

Between
Subsequent & prior

Music from TV
Drifts up
From traffic
Down said street

Pungent toss
Imitates
Lonesome medley

Brain
Hair
Pitter
(Don’t tell me that)

Pat a butter
Color to face

Where work
(Blue)

White haze

Forfeit make poifect
Peccadillo in square
Sensation of

Lateral movement

Arrival of
Marmalade
Twice tip

Say what?

Toe dip
Shimmy shammy
Shame on youse

Squint
Then became
An again, child

Swings echo

Young leaves
Cover the trees
Cover the trees
Cover the trees

Cloverish rock
Pronoun on it, no
(Open door)

Richard is a song
Eternal youth
Stings

Humming whiplash
In two timing

Sings

Forfeiture of purpose
On a dime
Swept

Myriad
Haystacks
Abide

Branching into festering
Hope
Poolside

(Ingredients make the porridge)

Alongside the canal

Wind gust
In time
Wheelers misspoke

Property
Twinges
(Return
Mandates)

Throw strikes
Which tree

Goes with peach
(Heart précis)
Libelous guarantor

The pest whisperer
Take the wheel

Symptoms

A buffet
Against a crush
Avenge

Where suction
Boomerangs
'Round

Varmint heroes

Can't go
Into details

(Her silver sweater)

Dishwash algorithm

So
Maybe
That's it
It stands

To reason
It don't

Sit right

Garnishing inapproapriation

Teaser for
What remains
No hooks

Sliver'll
Belt
Intaglio

Where's Steve
Now that
There's a break

Customary custody
Not this time
Then whose

Not in the name of
If I ever say
Moment then not

Heading
(Higher into hills)
Confusion of source

Catch fur
(Catch fur)
Collocation of reminders

Though never forgot

Trip to
Wolf ticket country
This is

Isn't good
Breathing

Room

Nagging
Joyance
Aside

Get out a here
And
And

(Stiffness)
Open a spine

(Dale)

Change (lane)
Call or click
Mate
Cleaves

Relief
At last
Sounds

Sharp silver flats
Weighed down
Like something

Been said what
Been here
(Been) spoked

Fat chance
(Beef for)
Sloped motion

Charm under (irk)
Fluent (lull) amasses

 

 

Charles Bernstein & Ted Greenwald

Succor Punch

 

Like confetti
As if style
Turns to stone

As seat of
Dear lead
Stiffs

Pithier
Whit haze
Stings echoes

Abide
Haystacks
Myriad

Swept
On a dime
(Or)

Lifts
Which
Clause

Avenge
Symptoms
Where suction

A tale of Whoa
Nellie square one
(Message) a

Known loser
All cute
In court

Spit into face
All about
A U

Another nice day
2nd movement
How bout snack

Tangy thrids
Is peligrosso
Means huh?

A what-about-me
Somebody
In a Dodge

Medical street
Work out for
The Beast

I'm about to stare
(Revenue of the wasted )

(Base relief)

As in
Bad day at

(Welcome to)

Huh?

Flat rock
Good sipping surrogate
Equate other options

For loan officer
On the dole

Dips as in

Freedom's phantom

Mistress to the whorl
Like show tunes, like Billy

(William to you)

I am in a sea drift
Of my own quaking
Chiseling wind
(The larceny of the trees)

A fog horn sounds the silence
More

(More)

Test in turn
Initial blowout
Say so

Bad news
Rain to the left
Right, nice

Slice of sluice
(Sorted by initial entry)
Forked living

Smoke out
(Can you dig?)
Right word for
(A little louder this time)
Yesterdays

In stacks
The Muse of Blame
No-see-em

Broken solace
Sample meal

"No notion, no lotion"

On demand snow
Clue
Lesson musical

Pertinent to straw
Low rider

Large AT
Chairs
Word each extract

(Wanted doing)

Impaired derangement
Along lines of

A word
Just some letters
In the mail

SWAKKK

Say them like
Unhinge
U230feelfree

Among
Weathers
Go on
Among

Hence spoken

Pass the passing
Time woozy
Clue cloudless

Not
If not when

Take dawn
Move away

Nother crash
Nother mind

Betters locate
(Absolute traction)
In middle of

Brackish sibilant's
Incunabula engine

Rotates bearings
End run among

Nosedives
Fluoroscopes
Mid-life nap

Treacle
In the thread’s
Nosegay

(I did not)

Simonize the deflection
In case
Arthur asks

A holiday of notions
Wrapped up in crinoline

Eat out disorder
End game
Famishes

A sandwich moderne
Light and eerie

Quells quail
In hiccup outfit
Salubrious emanation

Nose fit

As in

semaphore
Obliges
Disrobing

Face it
Original donor
Get

(Séance)

Outta here
Around

Phlegm blue
That's to spell it

Aboard
Outbound flight

Donor noted

Smacks of elastic retrofit
Smudges tinting

U turn you

Nice day
So what!
Fuck off

Foggy hard drive

A flare state
Flamingo loll ball

(As Hilda keeps watch)

Drawing
Brushes with
Whatever

That whatever

Forget this

On stage
A moveable feets

Frets
Stress
Pullover contraption

Sings a race
Wanting to trace

Including

High cloud
(They say)
Breeze, fly

Uneven keel
Bright screen
Semi-precarious

Going by the book
(Chapter and worse)
Let's git

Troubadour

Obligation
(Strike zone)

It's funny
In this d d dream
N n nothing specif

Icky

Abler than a bedbug
Lose way
Head inside

Lose way HEY

(Melody loading)
Dream scraps
Rain tours

The great something
Else
On brink of
The eyes, okay?

Fiddle fiddles
Take my vittles
Take me to Fair


I once knew a girl
Named Tangerine, Tangerine
Now I have no hair

Some hill
Formerly Sam
Drop degrees

Slam to the ground
Deeper than before

Go dark
Geezooie
What the . . .

 

 

 

CHARLES BERNSTEIN is the author of Pitch of Poetry (University of Chicago, 2016) and Recalculating (Chicago, 2013).  In 2010, Farrar, Straus & Giroux published All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems. Bernstein is Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is co-director of PennSound. More info at epc.buffalo.edu.

 

 

TED GREENWALD  (1942-2016), a life-long New Yorker,  was the author of over thirty books, including Licorice Chronicles, Word of Mouth, Jumping the Line, In Your Dreams, 3, and Clearview/LIE. In 2016, Wesleyan University Press published Common Sense and The Age of Reasons: Uncollected Poems, 1969–1982. More info at epc.buffalo.edu.

 

 

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