BOMBlog’s Word Choice features original works of poetry, fiction, and art. This edition of Word Choice, selected by Peter Moysaenko, features poetry by Nick Demske and art by Dan Witz.
Fraught and ferocious, Demske’s verse polemic risks annihilation with élan, breaching that tricky hold of the political poem, setting its satirical sights on the mechanics of war and entertainment, the ongoing orders of violence with which even our moments of quiet are infested. So here’s to breaking such silence. Here’s to undone investment.
“Fire is inspirational.”
After Mims, ODB, Jeff Bezos & Danny Khalastchi
Because I’m on fire. Because I’m a church. Because I’m Richard Pryor. Because I’m Google search.
Because O snap, Branch Davidian Gideon, a real burner, cinder incinerate drunk tank caloric intake shake. And bake. And I helped.
I perpetuated the mythology. I forwarded the message. I researched the glottochronology, desperate for a great grandparent to blame. Awe shit!—I wrote a poem about “picnics” etymology, the practice of picking a nigger for lynching. The practice of coloring cluster munitions the same shade as aerial food drops.