“Connotations” and “Rewrite request”


CONNOTATIONS

Use the word bank below to fill in the blanks (words may be used more than once)

       words         loss                  hate               hunger           body        remnant
       memory     inheritance    dreams           sacrifice        history     theory
       truth           obsession       imagination  imposter       logic         belief

 

________ // a fish swimming in ink

________ // the rainwater filling my half-drunk cup

________ & ________ // severed from dirt and root          these pitiful things

________ // a bird on my lap preening its feathers       they become stuck in my sweater
                      I too think I am molting                              I pluck them from myself to use in ink

________ // staring at the sun too long       the black dot a bowl I soak my thoughts in overnight

________ // glass bottles placed outside to catch rain             some tinted green with overuse

________ // a house burning in a backyard as I sit on a well              I am not sure whose

________ & ________ // conjoined twins sharing only one good liver

________ // an offering

________ // the boat of my thoughts       burns in the smoke of you

________ // the caterpillar on your finger too weightless to feel lingering

________ // plays tricks                                            hides fragments of itself in other things

________ // an atmosphere of papers flying    dragged on car bumpers   going

                                                                                                                                         whiteness spreads

________ & ________ // the oar that dips into the ocean                 & the bioluminescent plankton
                                                                                                                  that respond

 

________ // embers pulsing red     forgotten as red                          a well of heat just out of frame

 

REWRITE REQUEST

for March 16th, 2021

A metamorphosis has occured when a word
is made objective, a severed limb given
pains by its phantom.

March 16th, 2021, Crime, WCNC:
Four people were killed and were
becomes the borderland of time that arrests
are. The e’s taken away, already
hung from their tails on a tree
like spanish moss, a symbiosis of violence.
The w objects, a yoke is a dismemberment
a neck made to pull. A word made by its
relation to the victim like choke only it has
the audacity to ask y. And one other was
wounded
I read as wound
as in a top, as in the neck that makes
the satisfying noise as it breaks.


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New words are born from Misuse
and Misuse demands a corruption,
a disunion from what was. A newborn
delivered by the departure of
its mother and now the young thing is left
uncared for and orphaned, it grows to hate
those who left it.

March 16th, 2021, Arts, CNN Style:
Stiasny’s property was gradually
confiscated, and in August of that year, she
was forced to sell to an acquaintance her
painting – now titled “Rosiers sous les
Arbres” – at a reduced price.
Nazi hides
inside the body of acquaintance and taken
inside reduced price. Gradually conceals
suddenly. Confiscated takes a bullet for
stolen. A whole family hiding
beneath the floorboards of language.


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Can a void be called filled by the abundance
that created the vacancy in the first place?
Mouths repeating left split open
like wet melons, an echo unreturned
and stillness a punishment for hunger.

March 16th, 2021, Crime, The New York TImes:
A man has been charged
as in a bull, running at in which and
including to get through to
six women of Asian descent
and passive voice the weapon
built in the name of disarmament.


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19—, Crime, An Inherited Story:
It was on a Friday. My father and the
townsmen were taken away already.
It
began on page six of eleven. The first
section Who Are the Armenians, then Their
Origin
, then Who Are the Turks, then
Prelude to My Story, then My Story. But it
was no re-counting of history.
It was to say I could see it coming.
I saw it coming. They saw it coming. It
came. The end.


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A Broken Alphabet

So what if / thoughts are things and / things are ten digit passcodes


By The Numbers

On the coldest nights, you could hear these other lives. Broken housing contracts and paystubs-that-never-were fluttering their wings in the wind.


[a beating]

the / kneeling / is / not / like prayer.