tweaks a brilliant tracking problem
with some scotch tape and brandy
consumed with talcum lips,
charmed in prickling cactus tears,
cures hunger with rich salad
strawberries and my special vinaigrette
drowns a sentimental rain forest
does stroke and your face glides
in regrettable forecasts; from the ghost
of the sun to the lotion the wind wears
panic lovingly then insane
over the price of soap
knot up anxious at the fear of gums
being massaged by human bristles
scalded by your callousness,
I am so afraid I run away
to the mountains and feed my body
to the famine mascot birds until I crawl back
into your cave streaked with cranberry tears
mouth tooled in wet sand
I should visit
I can always run away
if you try to chainsaw my limbs off
but you know I need it.
Questions and Answers
What inspired “Beta Love”?
Romantic obsessions of the upper-middle class.
What poetic techniques did you use in “Beta Love”?
The Long Poem. Essentially a narcissistic mourning of my favourite fantasy year of life: 1988. The year was 1992 and the poem was called “The Celebration of the Mosquito”, and I filmed it on my video camera in some sort of Jim Morrison voice over funereal shadow and light video poem. The mosquito was used as some symbol, likely because someone in my yearbook had combined my name with the word mosquito (at least that is how I remember it) and so I became attached to the little winged menace as an emblem.